Rattler hurler Haren strikes at plate against Cards
Posted: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 5:10 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Pitcher Dan Haren wouldn’t let an off-night on the mound slow him down at the plate.
Haren had a career-high four hits to overcome a shaky start and help the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the St. Louis Cardinals 9-7 on Tuesday night.
He tied a franchise record for pitchers with his four hits, set twice by former Diamondback Micah Owings.
The last major-league pitcher to get four hits in a game was the Chicago Cubs’ Carlos Zambrano on May 23, 2008.
Haren (2-1) gave up seven runs and nine hits in six innings, retiring the last six Cardinals he faced.
The Diamondbacks broke a five-game losing streak with the win.
“The team needed a win and I did whatever I could,” Haren said. “It was hard to go out there with that lineup having given up seven runs. I’d be lying if I told you that didn’t creep into my head, am I going to give up 12 runs? But I did what I could.”
Kelly Johnson had three doubles and Mark Reynolds had a three-run homer off Mitchell Boggs (0-1).
Ryan Ludwick homered twice and Albert Pujols added a solo shot for the Cardinals, all off Haren.
The Diamondbacks tra-iled 2-0, 4-2 and 7-5 before Reynolds’ homer in the fourth inning gave them the lead for good.
St. Louis starter Kyle Lohse gave up seven runs and eight hits in three-plus innings.
He walked four. Leading 4-2, Lohse retired the first two Diamondbacks in the third before walking two. Gerardo Parra doubled to right-center field for two runs batted in, and after another walk Haren bounced a two-run single to left for a 5-4 Arizona lead.
The Cardinals took the lead again on Brendan Ryan’s two-run triple in the fourth off Haren, one of five hits in the inning.
The Diamondbacks tur-ned the game over to their struggling bullpen, and it delivered. J
uan Gutierrez, who came in with a 9.00 earned run average, pitched two scoreless innings, and
Chad Qualls (8.44) struck out two in the ninth for his second save of the season.
Phillies 4, Braves 3 (10)
ATLANTA (AP) — Jason Heyward keeps saving his best for the bottom of the ninth inning. This time, it gave Nate McLouth a chance to follow the rookie’s lead in the 10th.
Heyward hit a tying homer with two outs in the ninth inning, the second of back-to-back shots by Atlanta, and McLouth led off the 10th with another home run to complete the Braves’ comeback in a 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night.
Kyle Kendrick threw eight scoreless innings for Philadelphia, but Ryan Madson blew a 3-0 lead in the ninth by giving up consecutive homers to Troy Glaus and Heyward.
Glaus, booed earlier in the game for hitting into a bases-loaded double play, smacked a two-run shot with two outs that drove in Chipper Jones, who had walked.
Heyward, the Braves’ celebrated rookie, followed with his team-leading fourth homer into the center-field stands to push the game to extra innings.
Heyward delivered his second big ninth-inning hit in two games. He had a two-run single with two outs and the bases loaded in the ninth inning on Sunday to give Atlanta a 4-3 win over Colorado.
Mets 4, Cubs 0
NEW YORK (AP) — Jose Reyes popped up from his first triple this season with a big grin on his face and gave several emphatic hand claps.
Mike Pelfrey’s performance was pretty electric, too.
Reyes had a two-run triple among his four hits Tuesday night after being held out of the starting lineup Monday, and Pelfrey pitched three-hit ball for seven innings to run his scoreless streak to 19, leading the New York Mets to a 4-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs.