Diamondbacks Sweep Doubleheader With Rockies


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The Twins’ Eddie Rosario homered in his first career at-bat.

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Paul Goldschmidt homered and Robbie Ray threw six strong innings in a spot start, helping the Arizona Diamondbacks complete their first sweep of a doubleheader on the road since 2006 with a 5-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night.

In the opening game, Aaron Hill tied a career high with four R.B.I., including a three-run homer, as the Diamondbacks breezed to a 13-7 win.

Rain postponed the first two games of the series. A light drizzle fell during the second game with lightning flashes creeping closer and closer.

Goldschmidt had a rough opening game of the doubleheader, going 0 for 5 with four strikeouts and a walk. But he made up for it in the second game with a solo homer in the fourth.

NATIONALS 7, MARLINS 5 Bryce Harper hit three home runs in a game for the first time and had five R.B.I. in his finest day with the Nationals, and Washington beat visiting Miami for their third straight series win.

Harper hit a 393-foot solo shot in the second inning, a 442-foot, two-run drive in the third and a 445-foot bases-empty shot in the fifth, the last two reaching the second deck. Each of the home runs came on the second pitch of an at-bat against Tom Koehler (2-3), and they raised Harper’s season total to eight.

PADRES 9, GIANTS 1 Ian Kennedy struck out five in seven innings to win his second straight start, and San Diego won at San Francisco to avoid a sweep and stop the Giants’ eight-game home winning streak.

The rookie Austin Hedges hit a run-scoring single in the decisive five-run third for his first major league hit, then added a sacrifice fly in the eighth. He earned his first start at catcher, two days after being called up from Class AAA El Paso on Monday.

REDS 3, PIRATES 0 Mike Leake worked eight innings for his sixth straight victory over Pittsburgh and Marlon Byrd homered for the second game in a row as Cincinnati beat the visiting Pirates.

Leake (2-1) allowed six hits and has not lost to the Pirates in 15 starts, dating to 2012. He struck out two, had no walks and also had an R.B.I. double for the 71st hit of his six-year career.

BRAVES 7, PHILLIES 5 Andrelton Simmons had three hits, including a homer, Freddie Freeman drove in three runs with three hits and Atlanta beat visiting Philadelphia.

Philadelphia’s Ryan Howard homered and Ben Revere had four hits, including a career-high three doubles. The Phillies have lost seven of nine.

CUBS 6, CARDINALS 5 Anthony Rizzo homered and drove in three runs and Jon Lester had a strong outing for Chicago, winning at St. Louis.

Jhonny Peralta hit a 447-foot homer, and Yadier Molina had two hits and two R.B.I. for the Cardinals. Lance Lynn (1-3) allowed five runs in six innings.

BREWERS 6, DODGERS 3 Adam Lind homered and doubled, and Milwaukee scored five runs in the first inning off Joe Wieland in a victory over visiting Los Angeles.

Wily Peralta (1-4) pitched eight solid innings to win for the first time in six starts after earning 17 victories last season.

TWINS 13, ATHLETICS 0 Eddie Rosario homered on the first pitch he saw in his major league career, Eduardo Escobar also homered and had five R.B.I. and Minnesota beat visiting Oakland.

Rosario’s milestone homer traveled about 400 feet into the left-field seats and gave Minnesota a 1-0 lead in the third inning. He is the 29th major leaguer to homer on his first pitch and the 117th to go deep in his first at-bat.

RAYS 5, RED SOX 3 Evan Longoria hit two solo homers, Kevin Jepsen worked out of an eighth-inning jam and Tampa won at Boston.

Joey Butler gave the Rays a 4-2 lead with a two-run single in the sixth, two nights after hitting his first major-league homer.

RANGERS 11, ASTROS 3 Carlos Peguero hit a pair of solo homers, Shin-Soo Choo had a two-run shot and Texas routed the Astros in Houston behind eight strong innings from Colby Lewis.

Adrian Beltre was a home run shy of the cycle for the Rangers, who finished a three-game sweep. Houston had won 10 straight entering the series, but was outscored, 20-5, over the three games.

INDIANS 10, ROYALS 3 Just about everyone in the Cleveland lineup drove in a run, Carlos Carrasco tossed seven sharp innings and Cleveland rolled to a win at Kansas City.

Brandon Moss homered and added a two-run double to lead the charge, but six other Indians also drove in runs.



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