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Reds snap skid in wild win in Milwaukee
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Adam Duvall hit a tying, three-run home run in the Reds’ five-run seventh inning, then delivered a replay-aided, go-ahead RBI in the ninth for a 7-6 win over the Brewers on a tense Saturday afternoon at Miller Park.

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McCutchen wants to cut down on strikeouts
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Though he has begun to thaw out after a slow start to the season, posting a batting average that is 64 points higher in May than in April over the same number of at-bats entering Saturday’s game, Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen believes his swing is not where it needs to be yet.

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Southpaws Liriano, Perez match up in series finale
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It will be a battle of two left-handers Sunday afternoon at Globe Life Park, as the Rangers’ Martin Perez will take the mound against Francisco Liriano of the Pirates in the finale of the three-game series.

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Nicasio, Bucs come up short against Rangers
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Yu Darvish struck out seven and allowed one run through five innings in his first start back from Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery, and Adrian Beltre passed a milestone RBI mark, as the Rangers beat the Pirates, 5-2, Saturday night at Globe Life Park.

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Hurdle: Nicasio needs to be aggressive early
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To Pirates manager Clint Hurdle, righty Juan Nicasio’s experience Saturday night against the Rangers was a textbook example of how a starter can win or lose a game in the first few minutes of his night, no matter what he does afterward.

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Mackanin irked by Phils' offensive approach
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After a 4-1 loss to the Cubs on Saturday, Phillies manager Pete Mackanin credited Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks, who threw a complete game. But he was more troubled with his hitters, whose inability to find a groove is beginning to prove costly. The Phillies have lost six of eight.

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Unable to support Eickhoff, Phils fall to Cubs
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Kyle Hendricks got all the run support he needed early, and the right-hander posted his second career complete game in the Cubs’ 4-1 victory Saturday over the Phillies in front of 41,555 at Wrigley Field.

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Mets acquire Loney from Padres
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Eyeing a quick and uncomplicated move to replace injured first baseman Lucas Duda, the Mets acquired veteran James Loney from the Padres on Saturday for cash considerations. Loney will become the left-handed half of a first-base platoon until Duda returns from the disabled list in late June at the earliest.

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Thornton activated, eager to see action
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Padres reliever Matt Thornton made the club’s Opening Day roster only to injure his left Achilles before appearing in a game. On Saturday, the Padres activated him from the disabled list, following a rehab from Achilles tendinitis that lasted nearly eight weeks.

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Nats look to keep winning behind Strasburg
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Three games into a four-game visit to Washington, and Cardinals pitchers have shown no fear of Nationals slugger Bryce Harper: The man who leads the Majors in walks (48) and intentional walks (13) but has yet to draw a free pass this series.

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Power rally behind Zim, Harper not enough
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Adam Wainwright helped himself with the bat and withstood a Nationals home run charge as the Cardinals won, 9-4, Saturday night at Nationals Park.

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Murphy sets Nats record for hits in a month
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Daniel Murphy put himself in the Nationals’ record books Saturday night with his 41st hit in May, a club record for one month.

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