MLB Wrap: Mets snap skid; Harper hurt

MLB Wrap: Mets snap skid; Harper hurt
May 1, 2013, 11:00 pm
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Jordany Valdespin, right, hit a three-run, pinch-homer in the Mets' 7-6 win over Miami on Wednesday. (AP)

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The Phillies suffered their second straight defeat in Cleveland with Wednesday night's 6-0 loss to the Indians (see Instant Replay).

Also, Locally grown Jesse Biddle knows what it takes for an athlete to succeed in Philadelphia and plans on doing so when he gets his chance (see story).

Here's a quick recap of Wednesday's MLB action:

Mets end six-game losing streak
MIAMI -- Jordany Valdespin hit a three-run, pinch-homer, and the New York Mets rallied Wednesday to break a six-game losing streak and avert a series sweep, beating the Miami Marlins 7-6.

The Mets' dormant offense finally came alive after they fell behind 4-1. Valdespin put New York ahead to stay in the sixth inning with his second homer, and NL RBIs leader John Buck added a two-run double in the seventh.

Buck and David Wright each had three of New York's 13 hits. Wright hit his third homer for the Mets, who totaled only 11 runs during their losing streak (see full recap).

--The Associated Press

Nats blank Braves, but Harper leaves early
ATLANTA -- Jordan Zimmermann turned in another dominant performance with two-hit ball over eight innings, Ian Desmond hit a two-run homer in the fourth and the Washington Nationals finally beat the Atlanta Braves, 2-0 Wednesday night.

The Braves had won five in a row this season over their NL East rival, and nine straight dating to last season.

Zimmermann (5-1) made sure that streak ended with another dominating performance, snapping a three-game losing streak that had knocked the Nationals under .500. Atlanta starter Paul Maholm (3-3) nearly matched Zimmermann. He allowed only three hits in eight innings, retiring the last 13 batters he faced.

Desmond provided all the runs that Washington needed, homering to left-center on a 1-1 pitch in the fourth after Bryce Harper led off with a walk.

Harper had to leave the game in the middle of the sixth after tweaking his left side on a check swing, which was actually the holdover from a bruise he sustained the previous night slamming into the wall trying to catch Tim Hudson's home run. Harper completed the at-bat, grounding out sharply to first, but headed to the clubhouse after talking with Johnson and the training staff. He was listed as day to day. (see full recap).

--The Associated Press

Buchholz wins again as Sox rout Jays
TORONTO -- Clay Buchholz pitched seven shutout innings to earn his major league-leading sixth win, Mike Napoli hit two of Boston's five home runs and the Red Sox routed the Toronto Blue Jays 10-1 on Wednesday night.

Stephen Drew hit a two-run shot in the second inning and Napoli went back-to-back with Daniel Nava in the fourth as the Red Sox won their majors-best 19th game and improved to 8-3 away from home, the best road record in the big leagues.

Buchholz (6-0) allowed two hits, walked three and struck out eight, improving to 7-0 in his past eight starts at Toronto.

Blue Jays left-hander Mark Buehrle (1-2) gave up five runs and seven hits in 6 2-3 innings. He walked a season-high three and struck out one (see full recap).

--The Associated Press

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