Astros Get Happy on Yankees
New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte reacts during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Monday, April 29, 2013, at Yankee Stadium in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)
New York — Carlos Corporan homered among his four hits and drove in four runs, Brandon Barnes three hits and three RBIs, and the Houston Astros fit comfortably into the role of a slugging American League squad last night in a 9-1 romp over the New York Yankees.
In their first game in the Bronx as an AL team, the Astros peppered Andy Pettitte for 10 hits and seven runs, both season highs for the lefty. Barnes and Corporan had two-run doubles and Barnes added an RBI single and a double. Barnes and Corporan each set career highs for hits and RBIs.
Houston bounced back from a four-game sweep in Boston with an enthusiastic win over the Yankees, who had just taken four straight from Toronto.
The Astros had 17 hits in improving the AL’s worst record to 8-18 and scored its first five runs with two outs.
Tigers 4, Twins 3
Detroit — Prince Fielder’s towering three-run homer in the sixth inning put Detroit ahead, and the Tigers held on for their fourth straight win, beating Minnesota.
Detroit trailed 3-1 when Andy Dirks reached on a bunt single and Miguel Cabrera walked. Fielder hit the first pitch over the wall in left-center for an opposite-field homer. That part of the fence is about 405 feet from home plate.
Indians 9, Royals 0
Kansas City, Mo. — Ubaldo Jimenez pitched into the eighth inning, Ryan Raburn hit two home runs and Cleveland pounded Kansas City to split their four-game series.
Raburn hit a three-run shot in the fifth inning and a solo homer in the eighth, and finished the night with four hits. Jason Kipnis also went deep to pace a suddenly potent Indians offense.
Braves 3, Nationals 2
Atlanta — Andrelton Simmons hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the seventh inning, then made an eye-popping play to start the ninth as Atlanta beat Washington, ending a four-game losing streak.
Atlanta beat the Nationals for the eighth straight time dating to last season. The Braves swept three games at Washington earlier this month.
Brewers 10, Pirates 4
Milwaukee — Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo hit one of five home runs for Milwaukee, which went back-to-back twice in a rout of Pittsburgh.
Gallardo also tossed three-hit ball over seven innings, retiring his final 13 batters while improving to 10-2 against Pittsburgh. He and Norichika Aoki hit consecutive homers in the fourth before Carlos Gomez and Yuniesky Betancourt repeated the feat in the fifth.
Cubs 5, Padres 3
Chicago — Darwin Barney and Cody Ransom each drove in two runs, and Chicago defeated San Diego.
Barney hit a pair of RBI doubles as he went 2-for-3 and Ransom went 2-for-4 with a home run.
Both players also made nice defensive plays in the seventh with men in scoring position to preserve the Cubs’ lead.
Reds 2, Cardinals 1
St. Louis — Mat Latos outpitched Adam Wainwright, extending his scoreless innings streak to 17, and Cincinnati got an RBI apiece from Joey Votto and Xavier Paul in a victory over St. Louis.
Aroldis Chapman worked a perfect ninth for his sixth save in six chances.
Yadier Molina had an RBI double off Jonathan Broxton that produced the Cardinals’ first run in 17 innings.
Wainwright (4-2) trailed just six pitches in after Shin-soo Choo doubled on his first offering, advanced on a sacrifice and scored on Votto’s single. Over his final six innings, the right-hander gave up three hits and one run.
Wainwright walked two, one intentionally, after issuing just one in 37 1-3 innings his first five starts.
Latos (2-0) worked around five hits and three walks in his sixth quality start in as many outings this season.