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Sports Recaps 05-02-14

Marlins Nip Braves 

(Miami, FL)  --  Garrett Jones hit a solo homer, and Casey McGehee knocked in two runs to help the Marlins nip the Braves 5-4 from Miami.  Henderson Alvarez allowed four runs in six innings for a no decision while Mike Dunn improved to 3-and-3 out of the bullpen.  Steve Cishek [[ SEE-sheck ]] picked up save number six for Miami, which swept the three-game series.  Ervin Santana tossed six frames of three-runs ball, but Ian Thomas suffered the loss.  B.J. Upton smashed a three-run homer for Atlanta, which had won four straight heading into the set.  Evan Gattis also went deep in defeat. 


Reds Beat Brewers With Five-Run Eighth 

(Cincinnati, OH)  --  Pinch-hitter Brayan Pena clubbed a go-ahead two-run homer to jump start a five-run eighth inning as the Reds beat the Brewers 8-3 in the opener of a four-game series at Great American Ball Park.  Todd Frazier also hit a two-run homer and knocked in three, while Tucker Barnhart belted a solo shot for the Reds, who have won two-of-three since being swept in Atlanta last weekend.  Homer Bailey tossed eight innings of three-run ball as he evened his mark at 2-and-2.  Carlos Gomez hit a two-run double to tie the game in the seventh for Milwaukee, which has lost two straight.  Jean Segura went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in defeat.  Jim Henderson gave up all five runs in the eighth to suffer his first loss. 


Rockies Drop Mets 

(Denver, CO)  --  Juan Nicasio tossed seven shutout innings in the Rockies 7-4 win against the Mets in the first of four from Coors Field.  Nicasio improved to 3-and-1.  Carlos Gonzalez launched his sixth home run in the first inning before leaving in the bottom of the fourth with a left index finger injury.  Colorado's Nolan Arenado extended his hitting streak to 21 games and had an RBI.  The Rockies are 17-and-13.  New York made the game seem closer than it was with a Travis d'Arnaud three-run homer in the ninth inning.  Bartolo Colon took the loss allowing seven runs and 10 hits in four-and-two-thirds innings.  The Mets fell to 15-and-12. 


Cano, M's Double Up Yankees 

(Bronx, NY)  --  Robinson Cano drove in a pair of runs against his former team as the Mariners doubled up the Yankees 4-2 to sweep the rain-shortened two-game series in the Bronx.  Michael Saunders went 3-for-4 with an RBI, and Brad Miller plated a run and scored for Seattle, which has won three straight and five-of-six after an eight-game losing streak.  Roenis Elias [[ roh-EN-ees  ehl-LEE-us ]] struck out 10 while giving up two runs, one earned, over seven innings as he evened his record at 2-and-2.  Fernando Rodney closed it out for his sixth save.  Jacoby Ellsbury homered and Brian McCann drove in the other run for the Yankees, who fell to 15-and-12.  Hiroki Kuroda fanned seven in six frames but allowed four runs, three of which were earned, on seven hits as he fell to 2-and-3 with the loss. 


Rays Rally Past Red Sox To Sweep Twin Bill 

(Boston, MA)  --  Yunel Escobar smacked a go-ahead solo homer in the top of the ninth inning as the Rays rallied past the Red Sox 6-5 to sweep their doubleheader at Fenway Park.  James Loney singled in the tying run in the eighth, while Sean Rodriguez hit a two-run homer in the sixth for Tampa, which won the opener 2-1.  Desmond Jennings added a solo shot in the victory.  Jake McGee picked up the win in relief and Grant Balfour closed it out for his sixth save.  David Ortiz drove in two runs and Shane Victorino went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored for the Sox, who have dropped three-of-four.  Koji Uehara suffered his first loss. 


Puig Leads Dodgers Past Twins In Game One 

(Minneapolis, MN)  --  Yasiel Puig [[ YAH-see-ell  Pweeg ]] went 4-for-4 with two RBI as the Dodgers downed the Twins 9-4 in the opener of a day-night doubleheader at Target Field.  Juan Uribe [[ yoo-REE-bay ]] also had four hits and drove in two for Los Angeles, which won for the third time in four games.  Dan Haren pitched six-and-two-thirds innings of four-run ball to improve to 4-and-0.  Chris Perez got the final five outs for his first save.  Mike Pelfrey was touched for five runs in four frames to fall to 0-and-3.  Brian Dozier had a two-run single and Jason Kubel [[ KOO-bull ]] had two hits and knocked in a run for Minnesota. 


Dodgers Win In 12 To Sweep Twins In Doubleheader 

(Minneapolis, MN)  --  Drew Butera and Scott Van Slyke each hit a solo homer in the 12th inning as the Dodgers beat the Twins 4-3 to sweep their doubleheader at Target Field.  Adrian Gonzalez also cracked a solo home run while Juan Uribe chipped in an RBI for Los Angeles, which won the opener 9-4.  Jamey Wright got the win after striking out two in three shutout innings.  Kenley Jansen earned his 11th save.  Josmil Pinto [[ hose-meel  PEEN-toe ]] and Joe Mauer each drove in a run for Minnesota, which has lost three straight.  Brian Duensing [[ DUN-sing ]] took the loss after allowing the two home runs in the 12th. 


Wieters, Orioles Sweep Doubleheader 

(Baltimore, MD)  --  Matt Wieters [[ WE-ters ]] hit a walk-off, solo homer in the 10th to lift the Orioles to a 6-5 win over the Pirates and to a doubleheader sweep from Camden Yards.  The O's won the first game 5-1.  Wieters ended 2-for-5 with two runs and two RBI for Baltimore, which has won three of four.  J.J. Hardy also knocked in two runs in the win.  Tommy Hunter earned the win in relief.  Gaby Sanchez went 4-for-6 with a run scored and an RBI for Pittsburgh, which has lost seven of eight.  Starling Marte drove in two runs in defeat. 


Pacers Force Game Seven In Atlanta 

(Atlanta, GA)  --  The Pacers lived to see another day after taking Game Six, 93-88, from the Hawks at Philips Arena behind 24 points and eight rebounds from Paul George.  Atlanta shot 9-of-35 from three with a chance to close out the series but will have to head back to Indiana for Game Seven on Saturday.  Roy Hibbert started the game, but only played 12 minutes and was on the bench at the beginning of the second half for Indiana.  David West went off for 24 points, 11 rebounds and six assists, while Lance Stephenson added 21 points and nine boards in the victory.  Jeff Teague had a game-high 29 points for Atlanta, which missed out on an opportunity to move onto the second round for the first time since the 2011 playoffs. 


Thunder Rock Grizzlies To Force Game Seven 

(Memphis, TN)  --  "Mr. Unreliable," Kevin Durant, exploded for 36 points and 10 rebounds as the Thunder crushed the Grizzlies, 104-84, at the FedExForum in Game Six of their Western Conference quarterfinals series.  The win tied the series up at 3-3 with Game Seven in Oklahoma City on Saturday.  Durant had averaged 28 points on 40-percent shooting in the first five games.  Russell Westbrook added 25 points, nine boards and five assists in the victory.  Thunder head coach Scott Brooks moved Caron Butler into the starting lineup and removed Thabo Sefolosha from the rotation.  Butler scored seven points in 29 minutes.  Marc Gasol posted 17 points and five rebounds in the defeat.  Memphis shot 37-percent from the field as a team. 


Warriors Sneak Past Clippers To Force Game Seven 

(Oakland, CA)  --  The Warriors and Clippers are headed back to Los Angeles for Game Seven after Golden State hung on for a 100-99 win at ORACLE Arena in their Western Conference quarterfinals series.  Steph Curry paced the Warriors with 24 points and nine assists, while Draymond Green filled up the stat sheet with 14 points, 14 rebounds, four helpers and five steals.  The deciding game will be Saturday from the STAPLES Center.  Chris Paul and Blake Griffin combined to shoot 11-of-34 from the field in the loss.  Jamal Crawford tallied a team-high 19 points off the bench, and Matt Barnes added 18. 


Canadiens Clip Bruins In Double OT 

(Boston, MA)  --  P.K Subban [[ soo-BAN ]] scored his second goal of the game under five minutes into the second overtime to lift the Canadiens to a 4-3 win over the Bruins in Game One of the Eastern Conference semifinals from Boston.  Rene Bourque [[ reh-NAY  BORK ]] added a goal and an assist for Montreal.  They will look to take a 2-0 lead on Saturday before heading home for Games Three and Four.  Carey Price stopped 48 shots in the win.  Tuukka Rask [[ TU-kah  RASK ]] made 29 saves in the setback.  Johnny Boychuk scored for Boston with under two minutes left in the third to tie the game.  It took three third period goals from the Bruins to send it to overtime.  

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