Rockies batter Braves
Posted: Wednesday, July 20, 2011 2:37 pm
By: By The Associated Press
DENVER (AP) — Ubaldo Jimenez brushed aside Atlanta’s powerful bats along with all that trade talk, and Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez homered for the Rockies during a 12-3 triumph.
It was the first win for Colorado in six tries against the Braves this month.
Jimenez (6-8), who has won five of his last six decisions, allowed two runs and seven hits in 62⁄3 innings.
Jimenez has been mentioned in trade talk but general manager Dan O’Dowd has said he would have to be overwhelmed to part with his ace, who is signed for the next three years at just under $18 million.
Dan Uggla homered twice for Atlanta. Brandon Beachy (3-2) allowed six earned runs and nine hits while struggling through 4 2-3 innings.
Mets 4, Cardinals 2
NEW YORK (AP) — Mets shortstop Jose Reyes made a huge impact in the field in his return from a hamstring injury, turning a difficult double play with the bases loaded in the eighth inning after making a diving stop that saved a run.
Fellow All-Star Carlos Beltran also was back in the Mets’ lineup after missing three games with a high fever. He hit two doubles, singled, walked twice and scored a run for New York, all while still very congested.
Angel Pagan and Daniel Murphy hit two-run doubles, and Dillon Gee (9-3) pitched seven sharp innings in the Mets’ second win in five games.
Lance Berkman hit a mammoth homer and starter Kyle Lohse (8-7) had an RBI single for St. Louis, which opened a stretch of 20 consecutive games with its third loss in four games since the All-Star break.
Brewers 11, D’backs 3
PHOENIX (AP) — Ryan Braun returned to the lineup and hit the second of the Brewers’ three first-inning home runs.
Corey Hart and Yuniesky Betancourt also homered in the first inning for Milwaukee, which won for the third time in four games to remain one game behind first-place Pittsburgh in the NL Central.
Betancourt added a two-run homer in the ninth for his first career two-homer game and Rickie Weeks had a solo shot in the third.
Milwaukee’s Yovani Gallardo (11-6) allowed three runs, one earned, and four hits over six innings.
Braun was back after missing 10 of Milwaukee’s past 13 games with nagging left calf and hamstring injuries.
Brandon Allen hit a towering home run into the second-deck luxury suites for the Diamondbacks, who had their three-game winning streak snapped. Barry Enright (1-4) got the loss.
Pirates 1, Reds 0
PITTSBURGH (AP) — James McDonald and three relievers combined on a six-hitter to help the Pirates shut out the Reds for the second straight night.
McDonald (6-4) won for the first time in five starts, pitching effectively into the seventh inning before getting bailed out of a bases-loaded jam by Joe Beimel and Chris Resop.
Joel Hanrahan worked the ninth for his 28th save as the Pirates managed to make a rare appearance in first place more than a one-day cameo. They also improved to 7-1 this season against the defending NL Central champions.
Mike Leake (8-5) yielded one run in six innings but couldn’t stop the Reds (47-50) from dropping three games below .500 for the first time this season.
All-Star Andrew McCutchen drove in Josh Harrison with a groundout in the first inning.