MLB Wrap: Justin Upton's grand slam lifts Braves

MLB Wrap: Justin Upton's grand slam lifts Braves
May 18, 2013, 1:00 am
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Justin Upton hit his 14th home run of the season with a grand slam in the Braves' 8-5 win over the Dodgers. (AP)

ATLANTA -- Justin Upton was still the main man for Atlanta, even when the Braves finally had all their sluggers together.

Upton gave Atlanta the lead with a sixth-inning grand slam and the Braves finally unveiled their full-strength lineup, beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-5 on Friday night.

Upton drove in five runs hitting behind Jason Heyward, who had two hits with a RBI and scored two runs in his first game back after having his appendix removed April 22.

The homer was Upton's majors-leading 14th of the season, a high shot that appeared bound for the upper deck before landing deep in the left-field seats.

"I got that one pretty good," he said (see full recap).

Harvey improves to 5-0 in Mets' win
CHICAGO -- Having already impressed with his arm, Matt Harvey got to show off his bat.

The 24-year-old right-hander won his fifth straight decision, allowing five hits in 7 1-3 innings and singling in the go-ahead run in the seventh to lead the New York Mets over the Chicago Cubs 3-2 Friday.

"This guy is different. He's not your run-of-the-mill young pitcher," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "This guy has got some savvy. He's got great confidence."

Daniel Murphy and David Wright homered for the Mets, and reserve right fielder Marlon Byrd preserved the lead by throwing out a runner at the plate in the eighth inning. The Mets won consecutive games for the first time since May 1 and 3.

Harvey (5-0) won his first four starts of the year, then failed to get a decision in his next four outings (see full recap).

Rays win high-scoring affair over O's
BALTIMORE -- Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon wanted to stay away from overworked closer Fernando Rodney and setup man Joel Peralta.

He had to throw that idea out when the Baltimore Orioles staged a big rally, and Peralta stepped up.

The right-hander got four outs for his first save of the season and the Rays held on for a 12-10 victory over the slumping Orioles on Friday night.

"We've been blowing some games, so tonight was really special for me," Peralta said (see full recap).

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