Nationals Stifle Braves
Atlanta — Dan Haren pitched eight sharp innings, Denard Span hit a two-run double and Washington beat Atlanta 3-1 last night.
The Nationals, who snapped a nine-game losing streak to Atlanta on Wednesday, allowed their NL East rivals to get only three runners in scoring position over two nights.
Haren (3-3) won his second consecutive start, giving up four hits and one run with one walk and four strikeouts.
Rafael Soriano earned his ninth save in 10 chances by pitching the ninth. He retired Justin Upton and Freddie Freeman on groundouts before Evan Gattis singled and Dan Uggla popped up.
Padres 4, Cubs 2
Chicago — Yonder Alonso’s two-out fly ball to right field dropped in front of Julio Borbon for an RBI single that led to a four-run eighth inning and boosted San Diego over Chicago for a four-game series split.
Travis Wood (2-2) retired his first 14 batters before Kyle Blanks singled, and he led 2-0 when Jesus Guzman reached on an infield single leading off the eighth. Blanks walked, Jedd Gyorko flied out and Nick Hundley fouled out.
Alonso, pinch hitting for Joe Thatcher, lofted a ball to right on the windy afternoon. Second baseman Darwin Barney backpedaled and Borbon sprinted in. Borbon called for the ball, Barney peeled off, and the ball fell just in front of Borbon’s outstretched glove as Guzman scored.
Phillies 7, Marlins 2
Philadelphia — Ryan Howard and Domonic Brown hit solo homers to back Kyle Kendrick and Philadelphia beat Miami.
Kendrick (3-1) allowed two runs and seven hits in seven innings to earn his ninth straight win against the Marlins, dating to May 28, 2010.
Justin Ruggiano hit a solo shot for Miami. Alex Sanabia (2-4) gave up four runs — two earned — and six hits in five innings.
Kendrick followed up a three-hitter against the New York Mets with his fifth consecutive solid start. He’s outpitched Philadelphia’s three aces — Cole Hamels, Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee so far.
White Sox 3, Rangers 1
Arlington, Texas — Hector Santiago allowed two in five-plus innings filling in for Jake Peavy, Tyler Flowers hit a three-run homer and Chicago beat Texas, handing the Rangers their first series loss of the season.
Flowers’ drive just inside the foul pole in left field was the third straight hit after Texas right-hander Justin Grimm (2-1) retired 10 in a row on the day he was named AL rookie of the month.
Adrian Beltre’s homer in the second was the only hit through five innings against Santiago (1-1), who had six strikeouts and two walks in 51∕3 innings. The left-hander made his first start of the season and fifth of his career after Peavy was scratched because of back spasms.
■ The Colorado Rockies agreed to a minor-league deal with three-time All-Star pitcher Roy Oswalt.
The team announced the news on its Twitter account yesterday, with Oswalt expected to report to extended spring training.
The 35-year-old Oswalt has a career record of 163-96. He’s also 4-0 with a 2.25 ERA at Coors Field.
Oswalt hasn’t pitched in the majors since Oct. 2, 2012, when he was with the Texas Rangers. He’s also played for Houston and Philadelphia.
■ Major League Baseball fined umpire Tom Hallion and Tampa Bay pitchers David Price, Jeremy Hellickson and Matt Moore for their dustup last weekend.
Each of the pitchers was fined $1,000. It was unknown how much Hallion was docked.
Hallion was the plate umpire and crew chief during a game Sunday at Chicago against the White Sox and Price thought he missed a pitch. They exchanged words and the AL Cy Young winner accused Hallion of directing an expletive at him while he walked off the field.
Hallion called Price a “liar” after the game.
Price, Hellickson and Moore later made comments about Hallion on Twitter. The pitchers were fined for violating MLB’s social media policy that forbids “displaying or transmitting content that questions the impartiality of or otherwise denigrates a major league umpire.”
Price said that he didn’t want Hallion to be fined, only to be given an apology. After the Rays-Royals game was postponed yesterday, Price said, “I’ve got no more comments.”
Asked if he was happy the saga was over, Price replied, “I guess so.”