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MLB roundup: Uptons double up homers, D-backs and Angels both win in 11

Published: Tuesday, June 30 2015 3:20 a.m. MDT

Atlanta Braves left fielder Justin Upton rounds the bases after hitting a home run off Colorado Rockies' starting pitcher Jon Garland during the fifth inning of the second game of a doubleheader Tuesday, April 23, 2013 in Denver.  (Barry Gutierrez, Associated Press) Atlanta Braves left fielder Justin Upton rounds the bases after hitting a home run off Colorado Rockies' starting pitcher Jon Garland during the fifth inning of the second game of a doubleheader Tuesday, April 23, 2013 in Denver. (Barry Gutierrez, Associated Press)

DENVER — B.J. Upton and his brother Justin hit back-to-back homers for the first time in their careers, leading the Atlanta Braves past the Colorado Rockies 10-2 Tuesday night to complete a doubleheader sweep on a day that began with the coldest game ever played at Coors Field.

It was the 27th time in major league history that brothers homered in the same game but only the second time they went deep in consecutive at-bats. Lloyd and Paul Waner of the Pittsburgh Pirates also hit successive homers on Sept. 15, 1938.

In the first game, Justin Upton, Dan Uggla and rookie Evan Gattis homered in support of a solid outing by Mike Minor as the Braves won 4-3 in a game that began with a temperature of 23 degrees.


ANAHEIM, Calif. — Howie Kendrick hit his second home run of the game in the 11th inning and finished with four RBIs, leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 5-4 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.

Arizona Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt watches his RBI double hit off San Francisco Giants' Matt Cain in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 23, 2013, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) (Ben Margot, AP) Arizona Diamondbacks' Paul Goldschmidt watches his RBI double hit off San Francisco Giants' Matt Cain in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 23, 2013, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot) (Ben Margot, AP)

Kendrick, who hit a two-run shot in the sixth off Alexi Ogando and an RBI single in the first, drove a 1-1 pitch to left-center against rookie Joe Ortiz (2-1) for his third homer of the season.

Dane De La Rosa (1-0) pitched two perfect innings for his first major league win.

The Rangers tied it 4-all in the eighth with an unearned run against Scott Downs, following a couple of costly errors by the Angels — one physical and one mental.

Andrew Romaine, who replaced Brendan Harris at shortstop to start the inning, allowed Nelson Cruz's grounder to skip between his legs for an error after Adrian Beltre's leadoff single. That put runners at the corners for A.J. Pierzynski, who hit a routine grounder to first base.

Mark Trumbo saw Beltre break for the plate and immediately threw to catcher Chris Iannetta without looking the runner back to third, and Beltre alertly stayed put.

Los Angeles Angels Howie Kendrick begins to celebrate after a solo home run to beat the Texas Rangers 5-4 in the eleventh inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., on Tuesday, April  23, 2013. (AP Photo/Christine Cotter) (Christine Cotter, AP) Los Angeles Angels Howie Kendrick begins to celebrate after a solo home run to beat the Texas Rangers 5-4 in the eleventh inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Christine Cotter) (Christine Cotter, AP)

With the bases loaded, David Murphy grounded into a double play as Beltre scored the tying run. Downs minimized the damage by striking out Mitch Moreland after an intentional walk to Craig Gentry.

The Rangers had a runner at third with two outs in the ninth against Ernesto Frieri, but left fielder Mike Trout robbed Beltre of an extra-base hit with a full-out diving catch on the warning track.


SAN FRANCISCO Didi Gregorius scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the 11th inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Francisco Giants 6-4 Tuesday night after blowing a late four-run lead.

Gregorius hustled for a one-out double off reliever Santiago Casilla (2-2) when left fielder Andres Torres fielded the ball nonchalantly. Pinch-hitter Alfredo Marte reached when first baseman Brandon Belt was charged with an error for bobbling a throw from third baseman Pablo Sandoval. Casilla then threw a pitch to Gerardo Parra that bounced to the backstop, allowing Gregorius to score.

Parra followed with an RBI double to make it 6-4.

San Francisco got the potential tying run to the plate in the bottom of the 11th, but Matt Reynolds got Torres to ground into a double play and then retired Brandon Crawford for his first career save.

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