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Sports Scoreboard 04-25-14

Ludwick Pushes Reds Past Pirates 

(Pittsburgh, PA)  --  Ryan Ludwick delivered a two-run double in the sixth inning to propel the Reds to a 2-1 win over the Pirates at PNC Park.  Tony Cingrani struck out seven while allowing just six hits and one run over six innings to even his record at 2-and-2.  Three relievers followed, with Jonathan Broxton notching his fourth save as Cincinnati took three-of-four in the series.  Brandon Cumpton gave up just two runs in seven frames, but took the tough-luck loss in his first decision of the season.  Pedro Alvarez singled in the lone run for Pittsburgh in the first inning.  The Bucs are just 3-and-11 in their last 14 games. 


Mets Ride Colon To Win Over Cardinals 

(Flushing, NY)  --  Bartolo Colon [[ koh-LONE ]] pitched seven innings of one-run ball to outduel Lance Lynn as the Mets topped the Cardinals 4-1 at Citi Field.  Colon struck out eight while allowing just four hits and no walks for his second win of the season.  Daisuke [[ DICE-kay ]] Matsuzaka pitched the ninth for his first career save.  Chris Young homered and Daniel Murphy had an RBI double and run-scoring single for New York, which took three-of-four in the series.  Lynn fanned nine in six and a third innings, but gave up three runs to fall to 4-and-1 with the loss.  Tony Cruz had an RBI double for St. Louis in defeat. 


Bolsinger, D'backs Earn Split With Cubs 

(Chicago, IL)  --  Mike Bolsinger threw into the seventh inning to notch his first career win as the Diamondbacks beat the Cubs 5-2 at Wrigley Field.  Bolsinger struck out seven and gave up just an unearned run in six-and-two-thirds innings.  He also drove in a run for his first career RBI.  Addison Reed notched his fifth save out of the pen.  Miguel Montero had two hits and two RBI for the Snakes, who earned a split of the four-game series.  Former D'backs pitcher Edwin Jackson took the loss to fall to 1-and-2.  He gave up three runs on five hits in seven innings of work.  Anthony Rizzo hit a solo homer for Chicago. 


Phils Down Dodgers In Ninth 

(Los Angeles, CA)  --  Carlos Ruiz drilled a go-ahead two-run double in the top of the ninth inning as the Phillies defeated the Dodgers 7-3 at Chavez Ravine.  Ruiz ended 3-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored, while Marlon Byrd went 3-for-5 with four RBI for the Phils, who took three-of-four in the series.  Mike Adams picked up his first win in relief.  Juan Uribe hit a two-run homer and Adrian Gonzalez added a solo shot for the Dodgers, who fell to 13-and-10.  Brian Wilson suffered his second loss. 


Kluber Deals Indians Past Royals 

(Cleveland, OH)  --  Corey Kluber [[ KLOO-ber ]] struck out a career-high 11 while firing a complete game, four-hitter as the Indians handled the Royals 5-1 at Progressive Field.  Kluber allowed just an unearned run to even his record at 2-and-2.  Asdrubal [[ az-DROO-bull ]] Cabrera and David Murphy each drove in two runs apiece for Cleveland, which took three-of-four in the series and has won four-of-five overall to get back to .500 at 11-and-11.  Bruce Chen surrendered all five runs in less than five innings to fall to 1-and-2 with the loss.  Jared Dyson went 2-for-3 and stole a base for KC, which has lost four-of-five to fall to 10-and-11.


Scherzer, Cabrera Guide Tigers Over White Sox 

(Detroit, MI)  --  Max Scherzer struck out 10 and Miguel Cabrera drove in three runs as the Tigers beat the White Sox 7-4 at Comerica Park.  Cabrera went 2-for-4 and Rajai [[ RAH-zhay ]] Davis had three hits, including his second home run of the season.  Scherzer earned his second win of the year by holding the Sox to two runs in six innings.  Joe Nathan posted his fourth save as Detroit earned a split of the four-game series.  Jose Quintana took the loss after allowing three runs in six innings.  Adam Dunn swatted his fifth homer and Dayan Viciedo [[ DIE-on  vee-see-AYE-doh ]] collected three hits for Chicago. 


Twins Power Past Rays 

(St. Petersburg, FL)  --  Aaron Hicks hit a three-run homer in the fifth inning as the Twins slugged their way past the Rays 9-7 at Tropicana Field.  Kurt Suzuki and Sam Fuld each had three hits and drove in a combined five runs.  Ricky Nolasco picked up the win, despite giving up 10 hits and six runs in six-plus innings.  Glenn Perkins pitched a perfect ninth for his fifth save.  Rays starter Erik Bedard [[ beh-DARD ]] was knocked out after four frames, allowing four runs on five hits and five walks to take the loss.  David DeJesus [[ da-HAY-soos ]] cracked his first home run for the Rays, who collected 13 hits in a losing effort. 


O's Beat Blue Jays In Rubber Match 

(Toronto, Ontario)  --  Chris Davis' go-ahead two-run single ignited a five-run seventh inning as the Orioles beat the Blue Jays 11-4 at Rogers Centre.  Adam Jones drove in three runs, including a two-run single during a four-run eighth for the O's.  Davis also knocked in three runs, while Jonathan Schoop homered and scored twice for Baltimore, which took two-of-three in the series.  Bud Norris tossed six innings of three-run ball for his first win of the season.  Colby Rasmus hit a two-run homer and Dioner Navarro added a solo shot for the Jays, who have lost three-of-four.  Brett Cecil suffered the loss. 


Yankees Pound Red Sox In Rubber Match 

(Boston, MA)  --  Yangervis Solarte [[ yahn-HER-viss  so-LAR-tay ]] drove in four runs and Mark Teixeira hit his first homer of the year in the Yankees' 14-5 rout of the Red Sox at Fenway Park.  Jacoby Ellsbury went 3-for-6 with three RBI and a run scored, while Derek Jeter had two hits and two RBI for New York, which took two-of-three in the series.  Brett Gardner and Brian Roberts scored four runs apiece in the victory.  CC Sabathia struck out eight over six innings of two-run ball as he improved to 3-and-2.  Jonny Gomes drove in a pair of runs and Dustin Pedroia scored twice for the Sox, who have lost three-of-four.  Felix Doubront yielded seven runs, three earned, in less than three frames as he fell to 1-and-3.  Boston committed five errors. 


A's Rock Astros 

(Houston, TX)  --  Josh Donaldson hit two home runs and drove in four to help the Athletics crush Astros, 10-1, in the first of four from Minute Maid Park.  Scott Kazmir improved to 3-and-0, dealing six innings of one-run ball with seven strikeouts.  Albert Callaspo also hit a home run and had two RBI for Oakland, which snapped a three-game losing streak.  Houston's only run came on a Chris Carter walk with the bases loaded.  Brett Oberholtzer took his fourth loss of the season, giving up six runs and not making it out of the fourth inning.  The Astros have followed up winning two in-a-row by losing two straight. 

Two favorites took another loss and one stole a game on the road as NBA playoff action rolled on Thursday night.  The top-seeded Pacers were smoked by the Hawks, 98-85, at Philips Arena to fall behind 2-1 in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.  In the West, the Grizzlies held on for a 98-95 overtime win over the Thunder at the FedExForum.  It was Memphis' second straight win in OT as the Grizz grabbed a 2-1 series lead.  Steph Curry missed a three-pointer in the closing seconds as the Warriors fell to the Clippers, 98-86, at ORACLE Arena.  Los Angeles leads the series 2-1. 

There are three games on the slate Friday night.  Toronto and Brooklyn square off at the Barclays Center with the series evened up at one.  The Wizards and Trail Blazers both try to take commanding 3-0 leads at home after taking the first two games on the road.  Washington hosts Chicago, while Portland welcomes the Rockets to the Moda Center. 

The Boston Bruins and San Jose Sharks are up 3-1 in their respective first round Stanley Cup Playoffs series.  The Bruins edged the Detroit Red Wings 3-2 in overtime in Game Four of their best-of-seven set.  The Sharks failed to sweep the Los Angeles Kings, who took Game Four 6-3 in L.A.  The Minnesota Wild snuck past the Colorado Avalanche 2-1 in Game Four of their matchup.  That series is locked up at 2-2. 

There are three games on tap Friday night.  The Anaheim Ducks host the Dallas Stars in Game Five of their best-of-seven set.  The series is tied 2-2 after the Stars won two straight.  Also in Game Five, the St. Louis Blues welcome the Chicago Blackhawks to the Scottrade Center.  That series is also tied 2-2 following Chicago's wins in Game's Three and Four.  Also on the slate is the Philadelphia Flyers hosting the New York Rangers in Game Four.  New York is up 2-1 in the series. 

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