MLB roundup: Downs helps Astros down Mets

Associated Press

Published: Monday, April 30 2012 11:00 p.m. MDT

Houston Astros' Travis Buck (6) breaks his bat as he hits the ball on Monday night.

Associated Press

HOUSTON — Matt Downs hit a two-run homer and Jed Lowrie had the go-ahead single in the eighth inning to propel the Houston Astros to a 4-3 win over the New York Mets on Monday night.

The game was tied 3-all when Jordan Schafer reached on an infield single to start the eighth. He stole second with one out and scored on the hit by Lowrie, which reliever Manny Acosta (0-2) deflected into the outfield.

BREWERS 8, PADRES 3: At San Diego, Ryan Braun hit three home runs in a game for the first time in his career, connecting in consecutive at-bats at spacious Petco Park.

PIRATES 9, BRAVES 3: At Atlanta, Pedro Alvarez and Yamaico Navarro each hit two-run homers, and the Pittsburgh Pirates enjoyed a long-awaited offensive breakthrough.

The Pirates, last in the major leagues with 58 runs in 22 games, almost doubled their previous season high of five runs. Neil Walker had three hits and drove in a run.

PHILLIES 6, CUBS 4: At Philadelphia, Placido Polanco hit a tiebreaking, two-run double in the eighth inning to lift the Phillies.

Bryan LaHair hit a tying, two-run homer off Chad Qualls (1-0) in the eighth after Vance Worley threw seven impressive innings for Philadelphia.

But the Phillies answered in the bottom half. Scott Maine (0-1) hit pinch-hitter Juan Pierre with a one-out pitch and Jimmy Rollins singled off Rafael Dolis with two outs.

DIAMONDBACKS 9, MARLINS 5: At Miami, left-hander Patrick Corbin pitched 52/3 innings to win his major league debut, and Arizona beat the slumping Marlins.

The 22-year-old Corbin, who was called up from Double-A Mobile, struck out six and allowed three runs.

ROCKIES 6, DODGERS 2: At Denver, Juan Nicasio pitched six solid innings, Troy Tulowitzki hit a two-run double and the Colorado Rockies overcame Matt Kemp's latest homer.

American League

RANGERS 4, BLUE JAYS 1: At Toronto, Yu Darvish won his third straight start and Mitch Moreland and Craig Gentry homered for the Texas Rangers.

Darvish (4-0) allowed his first home run but remained unbeaten in five major league starts. He gave up four hits in seven innings, walked two and struck out nine.

YANKEES 2, ORIOLES 1: At New York, Hiroki Kuroda pitched seven neat innings and teamed with catcher Russell Martin to nab Nick Markakis at the plate in the key play of the game.

The loss denied Buck Showalter his 1,000th win as a big league manager — his first victory came in 1992 next door at the old Yankee Stadium.

RED SOX 11, ATHLETICS 6: At Boston, David Ortiz finished the best April of his career with a pair of solo homers and Mike Aviles hit a three-run shot in Boston's victory over Oakland.

Darnell McDonald had a two-run homer and Marlon Byrd drove in a pair of runs to support Clay Buchholz (3-1), who held Oakland to one run until he gave up five in the seventh inning.

RAYS 3, MARINERS 2 (12 INNINGS): At St. Petersburg, Fla., Elliot Johnson hit an RBI single with one out in the 12th inning to complete the comeback.

ANGELS 4, TWINS 3: At Anaheim, Calif., C.J. Wilson pitched five-hit ball into the eighth inning and Torii Hunter homered and drove in three runs.MLB notebook: Marlins will try lamps to revive grass MIAMI — The Miami Marlins hit the road for the next nine games, which will give their grounds crew some time to revive the fading turf at the team's new ballpark.

The grass has been turning brown because the retractable roof was closed more than anticipated in April.

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