Giants Sweep Padres
San Francisco — Barry Zito and Chad Gaudin combined on a six-hitter, Buster Posey homered and the San Francisco Giants beat the San Diego Padres 5-0 yesterday to complete a three-game sweep.
Zito (3-1) bounced back from the worst start of big league career to beat the Padres for the first time in nearly two years. He allowed five hits in seven innings, struck out four, walked one and did not give up run for the third time in four starts.
Posey’s first home run of the season was just the 11th this year for the power-starved Giants. Before the two-out, two-run drive off Eric Stults (2-2) in the fifth, Hunter Pence, Pablo Sandoval and Brandon Crawford had accounted for all of San Francisco’s homers.
Mets 2, Nationals 0
New York — John Buck hit his seventh home run of the season, Dillon Gee earned his first win and New York beat Washington to take two of three games from the NL East champions.
Coming off a pair of poor starts, Gee (1-3) pitched three-hit ball for 5 2-3 innings and New York finally got a strong effort from its struggling bullpen, which entered with the highest ERA in the majors at 5.47. Buck hit a drive into the second deck at Citi Field and Mike Baxter added a sacrifice fly as New York ran up Jordan Zimmermann’s pitch count in dealing the right-hander his first loss of the year.
Reds 10, Marlins 6
Cincinnati — Brandon Phillips drove in the go-ahead run for the second straight day, Joey Votto homered and had three hits, and Cincinnati beat Miami for its sixth win in seven games.
Todd Frazier hit a three-run double in an eight-run seventh inning for the Reds, who won three of four from the Marlins and improved to a major league-best 10-3 at home.
With the score 2-2, Shin-Soo Choo drew Cincinnati’s fifth walk off Alex Sanabia (2-2), who also hit Chin with a pair of pitches. Singles by Xavier Paul and Votto loaded the bases, and Phillips had an RBI single against Jon Rauch, and Paul scored when right fielder Giancarlo Stanton bobbled the ball for an error.
Pirates 4, Braves 2
Pittsburgh — Slumping Clint Barmes had a pair of run-scoring singles for his first two RBIs of the season, including a tiebreaking hit in the sixth inning that led Pittsburgh over Atlanta for its third straight win over the Braves.
Barmes began the day with an .093 batting average and was in an 0-for-14 slide.
Brewers 4, Cubs 2
Milwaukee — Ryan Braun hit a three-run homer in the fifth then was ejected three innings later, and Milwaukee won its seventh straight.
The Brewers are 18-2 over the past 20 meetings with the Cubs at Miller Park. Milwaukee improved to 9-8 after losing eight of 10 to start the year.
Denver — Didi Gregorius hit his second major league home run and singled to start a two-run rally in the ninth inning that led Arizona over Colorado and stopped the Rockies’ eight-game winning streak.
Gregorius, who homered Thursday at Yankee Stadium on the first pitch he saw with the Diamondbacks, started a comeback from a 3-0 deficit when he homered against Juan Nicasio leading off the fifth.
Colorado led 4-3 when Gregorius singled leading off the ninth against Wilton Lopez (0-1). A.J. Pollock doubled over third baseman Jonathan Herrera, and pinch-hitter Alfredo Marte grounded out to third, driving in the tying run. Gerardo Parra followed with a sacrifice fly to deep center.
Heath Bell (2-0) pitched a scoreless eighth.