Marlins End Slide
Home plate umpire Marty Foster, center, separates Washington Nationals' Ian Desmond, left, from Miami Marlins catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, right, during the fourth inning of the MLB National League baseball game, Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in Miami. Desmond had words with Saltalamacchia after the Miami Marlins starting pitcher Tom Koehler threw a close pitch. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Miami — Giancarlo Stanton tied a career high with five RBIs, including a three-run homer off Stephen Strasburg, and the Miami Marlins broke an eight-game losing streak by beating the Washington Nationals 11-2 Tuesday night.
Strasburg (1-2) endured another rough outing in Miami, allowing six runs and eight hits in four innings. He fell to 2-3 at Marlins Park with an ERA of 8.61.
Tom Koehler (2-1) allowed one hit and five walks in seven scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 1.89. The performance was a welcome change for a team that had an ERA of 6.12 during the losing streak.
Pirates 8, Reds 7 Reds 7, Pirates 5
Cincinnati — Mike Leake doubled and hit a two-run homer, ending Gerrit Cole’s winning streak and leading Cincinnati to a win over Pittsburgh that completed two days full of homers and delays.
First, the NL Central rivals completed a game that was suspended in the sixth inning because of rain the previous night. Andrew McCutchen doubled and came around on Russell Martin’s single in the seventh inning, giving the Pirates a win.
Leake (2-1) gave up three runs and five hits in 62⁄3 innings for a split. The right-hander has won his last four starts against the Pirates. Jonathan Broxton escaped a two-on threat in the ninth while getting his first save.
Cardinals 6, Brewers 1
Milwaukee — Shelby Miller struck out seven and allowed three hits over six innings, and Mark Ellis had two RBIs in his return from the disabled list to lead St. Louis over Milwaukee.
Matt Holliday and Jhonny Peralta each hit solo shots in the ninth off reliever Jim Henderson for the Cardinals, who handed Milwaukee its second straight loss following a nine-game winning streak.
Miller (1-2) routinely fired fastballs clocked into the mid-90s past hitters before turning the game over to the bullpen in the seventh.
Rangers 5, Mariners 0
Arlington, Texas — Prince Fielder and Kevin Kouzmanoff hit back-to-back homers, Robbie Ross limited Seattle to five singles in seven-plus innings and Texas beat the Mariners.
Fielder ended a 13-game homerless streak to start the season with a line drive to right-center field off former Texas first-round pick Blake Beavan (0-1) to lead off the second inning. Two pitches later, Kouzmanoff went deep to left.
Royals 4, Astros 2
Houston — Rookie Yordano Ventura threw seven solid innings for first major league win to lift Kansas City over Houston.
Omar Infante homered and drove in two runs for the Royals.
Ventura (1-0), an elite prospect with a 100 mph fastball, allowed four hits and one earned run with seven strikeouts in seven innings — both career highs — in his fifth major league start.
Blue Jays 9, Twins 3
Minneapolis — Jose Bautista had three hits and an RBI, and Brett Lawrie hit a grand slam in the ninth inning to help Toronto beat Minnesota.
Edwin Encarnacion had two hits and an RBI, and Aaron Loup (1-0) won in relief of starter Brandon Morrow, who lasted 32⁄3 innings on a 35-degree night at Target Field. The Blue Jays led 5-2 going into the ninth before Lawrie’s towering drive off Jared Burton put it away.
Rays Pitcher Out for Season
Baltimore — Tampa Bay Rays left-hander Matt Moore will miss the remainder of the season after opting to have elbow-ligament replacement surgery.
Dr. James Andrews is to operate next week on the 24-year-old pitcher, who made the AL All-Star team last year, Moore will be the first Rays pitcher to undergo Tommy John surgery since Jason Isringhausen in June 2009.
Moore hasn’t pitched since walking off the mound with elbow soreness on April 7 in Kansas City. He was placed on the disabled list the following day.
Wilson Off DL
San Francisco — The Los Angeles Dodgers have activated reliever Brian Wilson from the disabled list before the game Tuesday night against the San Francisco Giants.
The right-hander and New Hampshire native went on the DL with nerve irritation in his pitching elbow after appearing in two games, blowing a save and taking a loss.
He threw two scoreless innings for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga on a rehab assignment.
Wilson, who saved 171 games for the Giants between 2006-12, was 2-1 with an 0.66 ERA for the Dodgers last season.