Davis Blast Boosts Bucs
Cincinnati Reds' Billy Hamilton (6) scores ahead of the tag by Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Russell Martin (55) during the first inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh Monday, April 21, 2014. Hamilton scored on a fielder's choice by teammate Brandon Phillips. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
The grounds crew chases a rouge squirrel in center field in the third inning of a baseball game between the Kansas City Royals and the Cleveland Indians Monday, April 21, 2014, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
Pittsburgh — Ike Davis became the first player to hit grand slams for different teams in the same April, and Neil Walker had a winning run single with two outs in the ninth inning as the Pittsburgh Pirates twice overcame deficits to beat the Reds 6-5 Monday night.
Pittsburgh trailed 2-0 before Davis’ fourth-inning homer off Mike Leake. Davis hit a game-winning slam off the Reds’ J.J. Hoover on April 5 for the New York Mets, who traded him to the Pirates on Friday.
According to Stats LLC, no player previously hit slams for different teams in the same April. Davis became just the third to hit slams for different teams against the same opponent in the same year, following Ray Boone in 1953 and Mike Piazza in 1998.
The Pirates were behind 5-4 before Andrew McCutchen’s leadoff homer in the eighth against Manny Parra.
Braves 4, Marlins 2 (10)
Atlanta — Evan Gattis hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning, leading Atlanta past Miami.
Dan Uggla led off with a single up the middle off Arquimedes Caminero (0-1), and Gattis followed with a shot into the left-field seats for his fifth homer of the season — and first career walkoff homer.
Andrelton Simmons homered for the Braves, and Jason Heyward put Atlanta 2-1 with a seventh-inning single off Mike Dunn. Anthony Varvaro (1-0) worked a scoreless inning for the win.
Mets 2, Cardinals 0
New York — Jenrry Mejia pitched four-hit ball into the seventh inning, David Wright delivered another key hit and New York beat St. Louis.
Wright lined an early RBI single that extended his hitting streak to 12 games and Kyle Farnsworth earned his first save as the New York’s newest closer.
Brewers 4, Padres 3
Milwaukee — Aramis Ramirez homered, Ryan Braun drove in two runs and Milwaukee beat San Diego.
Wily Peralta (3-0) gave up three runs and six hits in 61⁄3 innings as the Brewers improved their major league-best record to 15-5. Peralta stuck out six.
Indians 4, Royals 3
Cleveland — Jason Kipnis and Michael Brantley hit two-run homers, powering Cleveland over Kansas City when a fearless squirrel ran around Progressive Field and provided some extra entertainment.
Kipnis connected in the sixth inning off Jeremy Guthrie (2-1), overcoming a 3-2 deficit. Brantley provided Cleveland a 2-0 lead in the fourth.
White Sox 3, Tigers 1
Detroit — Jose Abreu and Dayan Viciedo hit RBI doubles in the seventh inning, and the White Sox rallied for a victory over the Tigers.
Chicago scored three runs in the seventh off Anibal Sanchez (0-2) after managing only one hit in the first six innings. John Danks (2-0) allowed six hits and three walks in 6 1⁄ 3 innings, but the Tigers could score only one run off him.
Angels 4, Nationals 2
Washington — Raul Ibanez delivered a tiebreaking three-run double as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning on a night that Mike Trout and Bryce Harper went a combined 2-for-8 with zero runs or RBIs in their first matchup as opponents, and Los Angeles beat Washington.
Los Angeles trailed 1-0 going into the eighth. But Albert Pujols — who went 0-for-5, staying on 498 homers — reached on the first of shortstop Ian Desmond’s two errors in the inning, raising his season total to nine. Later, Erick Aybar’s third hit of the night scored Pujols to even it.
After Tyler Clippard (1-2) walked the bases loaded, Ibanez doubled to left-center.
Fernando Salas (1-0) won with a hitless seventh.