Hudson Earns No. 200
Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Tim Hudson, center right, celebrates with teammate Freddie Freeman after hitting a home run in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals on Tuesday, April 30, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Atlanta — Tim Hudson was a dual threat in his 200th career win, combining with Anthony Varvaro on a three-hitter while hitting a homer and a double to lead the Atlanta Braves to an 8-1 win over the Washington Nationals last night.
Hudson (3-1) dominated the Nationals through seven innings, striking out six and walking two while giving up one run. One of the three hits he allowed was an infield single by Denard Span.
Hudson’s bat almost stole the night. He led off the second with a double to left field off Gio Gonzalez (2-2) and hit a fifth-inning homer off Zach Duke. Bryce Harper made a leaping attempt to catch the homer, but the ball bounced off his glove and over the wall.
The Braves won their ninth straight against Washington, dating to last season.
Marlins 2, Mets 1
Miami — Juan Pierre scored standing up on a wild pitch with none out in the ninth, and Miami Marlins came from behind in the final inning for the second consecutive game.
The Mets have lost a season-worst six games in a row. They were beaten Monday when Miami scored twice in the 15th inning to win 4-3.
New York’s Jeremy Hefner (0-3) took a 1-0 lead and a three-hitter into the ninth, but couldn’t get another out.
Cardinals 2, Reds 1
St. Louis — Matt Holliday hit a two-run homer, Jaime Garcia continued his mastery of Cincinnati with eight strong innings and St. Louis snapped a three-game losing streak.
Garcia (3-1) gave up one run on seven hits, struck out three and did not walk a batter. The left-hander improved to 7-0 in eight starts against Cincinnati at Busch Stadium and is 9-2 overall against them. He retired the last seven batters he faced and recorded 18 ground ball outs.
Edward Mujica struck out the side in the ninth for his fifth save in as many chances.
Bronson Arroyo (2-3) allowed two runs on six hits over seven innings for the Reds, whose win streak ended at three games.
Yankees 7, Astros 4
New York — Hiroki Kuroda settled in after a rocky start to pitch four-hit ball through seven innings, Travis Hafner had three RBI singles and New York used small ball to beat Houston.
Jayson Nix had an RBI infield single and Brennan Boesch a run-scoring fielder’s choice for the banged-up Bronx Bombers, who bounced back from a 9-1 loss to the Astros on Monday. New York took advantage of Phil Humber’s four wild pitches and a couple of close calls at first base to score its first four runs without an extra-base hit.
Kuroda (4-1) threw 67 pitches in the first three innings, putting at least two runners on in each one. But just as he did in his previous start, he got into a better rhythm and retired 14 of his final 15 batters.
Tigers 6, Twins 1
Detroit — Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder each hit a two-run homer, Justin Verlander pitched seven strong innings and the Tigers beat Minnesota for their fifth straight victory.
Verlander (3-2) allowed a run and five hits. He struck out eight and walked two.
Vance Worley (0-4) gave up six runs and 10 hits in 42∕3 innings. Worley was acquired by the Twins in an offseason trade with Philadelphia and started Minnesota’s season opener, but the right-hander has a 7.22 ERA.
Cabrera opened the scoring with his fourth homer of the year, and Fielder’s seventh was part of a three-run fifth. Alex Avila also went deep for Detroit.
Royals 8, Rays 2
Kansas City, Mo. — James Shields made a stellar first start against his former team, and Mike Moustakas hit a two-run homer to spur Kansas City over Tampa Bay.
Shields (2-2) allowed a two-run homer to Matt Joyce in the first inning, but only allowed three more hits over the next six. He struck out seven in the kind of dominant performance that the Royals were hoping for when they acquired him in December.
The Royals trailed 2-1 in the sixth when Moustakas’ first homer of the year gave Kansas City the lead. The Royals added another run to chase Rays starter Alex Cobb (3-2), and three more off reliever Brandon Gomes in the seventh, ensuring up the win for “Big Game” James.
Indians 14, Phillies 2
Cleveland — Ryan Raburn homered twice for the second straight game and Cleveland hit seven home runs in all.
The Indians set a major league high this season for homers in a game. Cleveland has won three in a row, outscoring opponents 33-5 in that span.
Raburn hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning and a solo drive in the seventh.
Carlos Santana, Mark Reynolds, Lonnie Chisenhall, Michael Brantley and Drew Stubbs also connected. The Indians fell one homer short of the franchise record of eight, set in 1997 and matched in 2004.