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Sports Recaps 05-01-14

Cards Cool Off Brewers Behind Craig, Adams 

(St. Louis, MO)  --  Allen Craig went 4-for-5 with a home run and three RBI as the Cardinals beat the Brewers 9-3 at Busch Stadium.  Matt Adams added a three-run homer and Jon Jay had three hits and an RBI for St. Louis.  Shelby Miller pitched six innings of three-run ball for his third win as the Cards salvaged the finale of the three-game series.  Matt Garza gave up five runs in three-plus frames to take the loss before leaving with a contusion on his right thumb.  Mark Reynolds hit a two-run homer and Carlos Gomez added a solo shot for Milwaukee, which lost for just the second time in 13 road games this season. 


Marlins Blast Braves, Again 

(Miami, FL)  --  Marcel Ozuna smacked a three-run homer in the second inning as the Marlins blasted the Braves 9-3 in Miami.  Christian Yelich [[ YELL-itch ]] added a two-run homer, while Garrett Jones also drove in two runs for the Fish, who have outscored the Braves 18-3 in the first two games of this three-game set.  Nate Eovaldi tossed seven innings of one-run, three-hit ball to improve his mark to 2-and-1.  Justin Upton hit a two-run homer in the ninth for Atlanta, which had won four straight before this series.  Aaron Harang was rocked for nine runs in less than five frames as he slipped to 3-and-2. 


Cubs Rip Reds 

(Cincinnati, OH)  --  Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run homer and walked four times to help the Cubs rock the Reds, 9-4, to close out a two-game, rain-shortened series from Great American Ball Park.  Nate Schierholtz drove in three, while starter Edwin Jackson evened up his record at two.  Chicago has won two of three to move to 9-and-17.  Brayan Pena hit his first long-ball of the season in the loss.  Reliever Nick Christiani took the defeat, allowing two runs in two innings.  The Reds have lost four of five and sit at 12-and-15. 


D'backs Rally Past Rockies 

(Phoenix, AZ)  --  Miguel Montero clubbed a walk-off solo homer in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Diamondbacks rallied past the Rockies 5-4 to avoid a three-game sweep at Chase Field.  Martin Prado went 3-for-4 with a game-tying two-run single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.  Paul Goldschmidt also went deep for the D'backs, who snapped a four-game losing streak.  Addison Reed was credited with his first win.  Carlos Gonzalez belted a two-run homer and starting pitcher Jordan Lyles added a solo shot for Colorado, which had won its previous three.  Lyles tossed six innings of one-run ball but did not factor in the decision.  Tommy Kahnle suffered his first career loss. 



Tigers Top White Sox To Sweep Two-Game Set 

(Chicago, IL)  --  Bryan Holaday's two-run double capped a four-run fourth inning as the Tigers beat the White Sox 5-1 at U.S. Cellular Field.  Victor Martinez also drove in two runs for Detroit, which swept the brief two-game series.  Max Scherzer [[ SURE-zer ]] struck out seven while pitching six innings of four-hit, shutout ball for his third win.  Hector Noesi [[ no-ESS-ee ]] was tagged for four runs in three-and-two-thirds innings to fall to 0-and-2 with the loss.  Tyler Flowers broke up the shutout with an RBI single in the ninth for Chicago.  Dayan Viciedo had two hits and scored the lone White Sox run in the setback. 


Angels Dismiss Indians 

(Anaheim, CA)  --  Hank Conger hit a two-run home run to help the Angels drop the Indians 7-1 from Anaheim.  Mike Trout and David Freese also knocked in two runs each for Los Angeles, which swept the three-game series and is over .500 for the first time this season.  C.J. Wilson struck out eight in as many innings of one-run ball for his fourth win.  Zach McAllister allowed five runs in four-and-a-third innings for the loss.  David Murphy drove in the only run for Cleveland, which has lost six straight. 


A's Sweep Rangers In Texas 

(Arlington, TX)  --  Yoenis Cespedes and Eric Sogard drove in two runs each during a seven-run third inning as the Athletics completed a three-game sweep of the Rangers with a 12-1 rout at Globe Life Park.  Sogard plated three runs total, while Coco Crisp hit a solo homer and scored twice for Oakland, which outscored Texas 25-4 in the series.  Jesse Chavez struck out eight while giving up just one hit and a walk over seven scoreless innings as he improved to 2-and-0.  Josh Wilson doubled in the lone run for the Rangers, who swept the A's in Oakland last week.  Robbie Ross was rocked for 10 runs, six earned, in three-and-a-third frames as he fell to 1-and-2. 


Dodgers Drop Twins For 10K Win 

(Minneapolis, MN)  --  Zack Greinke [[ GREHN-kee ]] struck out six over six-plus innings to help the Dodgers drop the Twins 6-4 and win their 10-thousandth game since joining the National League.  Greinke allowed seven hits and an unearned run to move to 5-and-0.  Juan Uribe [[ ohh-REE-bay ]] knocked in two runs for Los Angeles, which has won two of three.  Kenley Jansen picked up save number 10.  Trevor Plouffe and Eduardo Escobar each drove in two runs for Minnesota, which has lost two of three.  Kyle Gibson gave up five runs in six-and-two-thirds frames for the loss. 


Nationals Blank Astros 

(Houston, TX)  --  Jordan Zimmermann struck out seven over six-and-a-third innings to guide the Nationals to a 7-0 win over the Astros in Houston.  Zimmermann allowed seven hits and a walk as he improved to 2-and-1.  Danny Espinosa and Anthony Rendon [[ ren-DOAN ]] each hit a home run for Washington, which has won four of five.  Rendon ended 4-for-5 with three RBI.  Jesus Guzman went 3-for-4 for Houston, which has lost five of seven.  Brett Oberholtzer gave up six runs in under five frames for the loss. 


Spurs Hold Off Mavs In Game Five 

(San Antonio, TX)  --  Tony Parker posted 23 points with five assists to help the Spurs bounce the Mavericks, 109-103, from the AT&T Center to give San Antonio a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference quarterfinals series.  Tim Duncan and Tiago Splitter both and double-doubles, while Manu Ginobili came off the bench to contribute 19 points, five assists and four rebounds.  San Antonio tries to close out the series in Dallas on Friday in Game Six.  Dirk Nowitzki posted 26 points and 15 rebounds in the defeat.  Reserve Vince Carter had a game-high 28 points for the Mavs. 


Raptors Avoid Collapse Against Nets 

(Toronto, Ontario)  --  The Raptors avoided an epic collapse pulling out a 115-113 win in Game Five over the Nets from the Air Canada Centre.  Brooklyn outscored Toronto 44-to-24 in the fourth quarter to make a game that looked over come down to the final possession.  Kyle Lowry led the way for the Raptors with 36 points and six assists.  DeMar DeRozan added 23 points, six boards and five helpers for Toronto, which goes back to Brooklyn on Friday with a 3-2 lead and a chance to advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals to face the Heat.  Joe Johnson scored 26 of his 30 points in the second half to spearhead Brooklyn's rally that fell short.  Mirza Teletovic chipped in 17 off the bench in the loss. 


Rockets Stay Alive With Victory 

(Houston, TX)  --  Dwight Howard notched 22 points and 14 rebounds in the Rockets 108-98 win over the Blazers in Game Five of their Western Conference quarterfinals series at the Toyota Center.  Chandler Parsons chipped in 20 points while James Harden scored 17 points on just 5-of-15 shooting.  Jeremy Lin added 21 key points off the bench for Houston, which trails the series 3-to-2.  Wesley Matthews and Damian Lillard paced the Blazers with 27 and 26 points, respectively, while LaMarcus Aldridge was held to eight points on 3-of-12 shooting.  Portland will have another chance to close out the series Friday when they host Game Six. 


Rangers Advance Past Flyers 

(New York, NY)  --  Benoit Pouliot [[ BEN-wah  POO-lee-oh ]] scored the game-winner midway through the second period as the Rangers defeated the Flyers 2-1 to advance to the Eastern Conference semifinals.  New York won the series 4-3 and plays Pittsburgh in the next round.  Daniel Carcillo [[ CAR-sil-oh ]] also lit the lamp for the Rangers.  Henrik Lundqvist allowed one goal on 27 attempts in the victory.  Steve Mason gave up both goals on 33 shots for the loss.  Jason Akeson [[ AH-uh-sun ]] scored for Philadelphia. 


Wild Advance Past Avalanche 

(Denver, CO)  --  Nino Niederreiter [[ NEE-noh NEE-der-RITE-er ]] scored the game-winner five minutes into overtime to lift the Wild to a 5-4 win over the Avalanche in Game Seven of their first round Stanley Cup Playoffs series from Denver.  The Wild become the first road team to win in the series and play the reigning NHL champion Chicago Blackhawks in the next round.  Niederreiter scored twice while Kyle Brodziak [[ BROD-zee-ack ]] had three assists.  Nick Holden and Jamie McGinn scored in the first while Paul Stastny [[ STAZ-nee ]] and Erik Johnson scored in the third period for Colorado.  Darcy Kuemper [[ KEM-per ]] stopped 17 shots before making way for Ilya Bryzgalov [[ ILL-ee-uh brizj-GAL-ahv ]], who made only one save for the Wild.  Semyon Varlamov [[ SEM-yon var-LAH-mov ]] turned away 30 attempts in the loss. 


Kings Rally From 3-0 Series Deficit To Beat Sharks 

(San Jose, CA)  --  The Los Angeles Kings are in the history books.  The Kings became just the fourth team in NHL history to rally from a 3-0 series deficit and win following a 5-1 victory over the Sharks in Game Seven of their Western Conference quarterfinals series in San Jose.  LA joins the 2010 Philadelphia Flyers, the 1975 New York Islanders and the 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs as the only teams to accomplish the feat.  Anze Kopitar [[ AHN-jay  KOE-pih-tar ]] and Tanner Pearson tallied a goal and an assist each for the Kings, who will face the Ducks in the West semifinals starting Saturday in Anaheim.  Jonathan Quick made 39 saves in the victory.  Matt Irwin scored the lone goal for the Sharks, who were outscored 18-5 over the last four games.  Antti Niemi [[ AHN-tee  nee-EM-ee ]] stopped 25 of the 28 shots he faced in defeat. 

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