MLB Wrap: Royals snap Braves' win streak

MLB Wrap: Royals snap Braves' win streak
April 17, 2013, 11:30 pm
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John Lannan allowed six runs over 1 2/3 innings and the Phillies were swept out of Cincinnati after an embarrassing 11-2 loss on Wednesday (see Instant Replay).

The Phillies aren't scoring or getting on base enough, and the problem starts in the leadoff spot, where Ben Revere has struggled mightily (see story).

Now, here's a recap of Wednesday's MLB action:

Royals snap Braves' win streak
ATLANTA -- Wade Davis pitched five-hit ball for seven innings, Jeff Francoeur had a fourth-inning RBI single, and the Kansas City Royals stopped Atlanta's 10-game winning streak with a 1-0 victory Wednesday.

The Braves were seeking their first 13-1 start since 1994, but the powerful Atlanta offense -- which homered five times off the Royals the previous night -- finally was stifled.

Davis (2-0) didn't walk anyone and struck out seven, and the Braves couldn't get a runner past first base until Jason Heyward's two-out double in the sixth. Their only serious scoring chance came in the seventh, when Juan Francisco was thrown out trying to score from first on a pop down the right-field line.

Greg Holland worked a scoreless ninth for his third save (see full recap).

-The Associated Press

Red Sox win fifth straight
CLEVELAND -- Converted closer Alfredo Aceves coasted through five innings, Mike Napoli and Daniel Nava drove in two runs apiece and the Red Sox, bonded by the tragedy in Boston, struck quickly against Justin Masterson and beat the Cleveland Indians 6-3 on Wednesday night for their fifth straight win.

Aceves (1-0), who began the season in Boston's bullpen, took a shutout into the sixth before giving up three runs. Andrew Bailey, filling for injured closer Joel Hanrahan, worked the ninth for his first save.

Napoli had an RBI single in the first when the Red Sox scored three off Masterson (3-1), who has already beaten two Cy Young winners this season and came in without allowing a run in 19 straight innings.

Nick Swisher and Jason Giambi homered for the Indians, who dropped their third in a row (see full recap).

-The Associated Press

Harper leads Nats past Marlins
MIAMI -- Ross Detwiler departed with a lead for the third start in a row Wednesday night, and this time the bullpen held on as Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 6-1.

Harper, back in the Nationals' lineup after missing one game with the flu, hiked his average to .364 with four hits and improved to 8 for 12 against Ricky Nolasco. Harper hit two solo homers off Nolasco on opening day.

Detwiler (1-0) allowed one run in seven innings, which increased his ERA to 0.90. He left his first two starts with the Nationals ahead 5-1 and 4-1, but both times received no decision.

Tyler Clippard and Rafael Soriano pitched one perfect inning apiece to close out the seven-hitter (see full recap).

-The Associated Press

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