Printed on: April 30, 2013

Braves take down Nationals


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ATLANTA -- Andrelton Simmons hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the seventh inning, then made an eye-popping play to start the ninth as the Atlanta Braves beat the Washington Nationals 3-2 on Monday night and ended their four-game losing streak.

Atlanta beat the Nationals for the eighth straight time dating to last season. The Braves swept three games at Washington earlier this month.

Washington\\\'s Stephen Strasburg ended his career-worst streak of losses in four straight starts. He allowed two runs in six innings.

Around the majors

REDS 2, CARDINALS 1: At St. Louis, Mat Latos outpitched Adam Wainwright, extending his scoreless innings streak to 17, and Cincinnati got an RBI apiece from Joey Votto and Xavier Paul in a victory over St. Louis.

Aroldis Chapman worked a perfect ninth for his sixth save, finishing off the third road victory in 11 games for the Reds and handing St. Louis its third straight loss.

Yadier Molina had three of the Cardinals\\\' seven hits, including an RBI double off Jonathan Broxton that produced their first run in 17 innings. St. Louis stranded 10 runners.

BREWERS 10, PIRATES 4: At Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo hit one of five home runs for Milwaukee, which went back-to-back twice against Pittsburgh.

Gallardo (3-1) also tossed three-hit ball over seven innings, retiring his final 13 batters while improving to 10-2 against Pittsburgh. He and Norichika Aoki hit consecutive homers in the fourth before Carlos Gomez and Yuniesky Betancourt repeated the feat in the fifth.

CUBS 5, PADRES 3: At Chicago, Darwin Barney and Cody Ransom each drove in two runs as Chicago defeated San Diego.

Barney hit a pair of RBI doubles and Ransom went 2 for 4 with a home run against the team that let him go this month. Both players also made nice defensive plays in the seventh inning with runners in scoring position to preserve the lead.

GIANTS 6, DIAMONDBACKS 4: At Phoenix, Brandon Belt hit a two-run single in the eighth inning, helping San Francisco beat Arizona to end a five-game losing streak.

Belt also had a solo homer in the second against Ian Kennedy. The first baseman broke a 4-all tie in the eighth after Brad Ziegler (1-1) gave up a leadoff double to Nick Noonan and walked two.

MARLINS 4, METS 3, 15 INNINGS: At Miami, Nick Green hit a game-winning sacrifice fly and Miami rallied for two runs in the 15th inning to hand New York its fifth consecutive loss.

Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton limped out of the game in the 10th inning with a strained right hamstring and was placed on the 15-day disabled list after the game.

INDIANS 9, ROYALS 0: At Kansas City, Mo., Ubaldo Jimenez pitched into the eighth inning, Ryan Raburn hit two home runs and the Cleveland Indians pounded the Kansas City Royals 9-0 on Monday night to split their four-game series.

Raburn hit a three-run shot in the fifth inning and a solo homer in the eighth. Raburn finished with four hits and Jason Kipnis also went deep to pace a suddenly potent Indians offense.

ASTROS 9, YANKEES 1: At New York, Carlos Corporan homered among his four hits and drove in four runs, leading Houston to the victory.

In their first game in the Bronx as an AL team, the Astros peppered Andy Pettitte (3-2) for 10 hits and seven runs, both season highs for the left-hander. Brandon Barnes and Corporan had two-run doubles.

TIGERS 4, TWINS 3: At Detroit, Prince Fielder\\\'s towering three-run homer in the sixth inning put Detroit ahead, and the Tigers held on for their fourth straight win.