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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.