Mets’ streak hits 9 with 7-1 victory over Braves

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The New York Mets ex­tended their win­ning streak to nine games, with catcher Kevin Plawecki mak­ing an im­pres­sive big league de­but, con­tribut­ing with his bat and glove to help the team beat At­lanta 7-1 on Tues­day.

The Mets opened a 2-1/2 game lead over the Braves atop the Na­tional League East, while their crosstown ri­vals, the Yan­kees, also posted an im­pres­sive win by beat­ing Detroit.

The Tigers’ loss saw them drop into a tie for the Amer­i­can League lead with last year’s cham­pion Kansas City, which edged Min­nesota, while San Diego also won a tight en­counter, de­feat­ing Colorado.

The Mets ex­tended their long­est win­ning streak since a 10-game run in 2008. The team record is 11 in a row, last done in 1990.

Curtis Gran­der­son drove in four runs and start­ing pitcher Jonathon Niese (2-0) held the Braves score­less over the first six innings, he help­ing the Mets stretch the best home start in club his­tory to 8-0 at Citi Field.

Highly re­garded prospect Plawecki got two hits, scored twice and threw out a run­ner try­ing to ad­vance on a ball in the dirt.

He came in to re­place catcher Travis d’Ar­naud, out for at least three weeks af­ter break­ing a fin­ger when he was hit by a pitch Sun­day.

The Yan­kees won 5-2 at Detroit, with Chris Young and Stephen Drew both hit­ting homers in a three-run sev­enth in­ning.

Start­ing pitcher Nathan Eo­valdi (1-0) earned his first win with New York, giv­ing up only one run and one walk in seven-plus innings. He was re­moved af­ter al­low­ing a lead­off dou­ble in the eighth. Eo­valdi wasn’t dom­i­nant, but got four dou­ble plays.

San Diego’s Derek Nor­ris hit a tiebreak­ing, two-run dou­ble in the eighth in­ning as the Padres ral­lied to win 7-6 against Colorado.

Clint Barmes home­red and Wil My­ers had three hits for San Diego, which has won six of seven.

Colorado has lost five straight af­ter start­ing the sea­son 7-2. The strug­gling Rock­ies used a three-run fifth to take a 5-2 lead but the bull- pen couldn’t hold it. The Padres got one run in the sev­enth and then went up in the eighth.

Kansas City’s Mike Mous­takas hit a two-run homer, then drove in the go-ahead run with a sin­gle in the eighth in­ning, as the Roy­als also ral­lied for a 6-5 win against Min­nesota.

The Roy­als trailed 5-3 in the sixth when Chris­tian Colon started their come­back with an RBI dou­ble. Colon added a run-scor­ing ground­out off Casey Fien (0-1) in the eighth to tie the game, and Mous­takas fileted a sin­gle to left to take the lead.

Bos­ton’s Wade Mi­ley and four re­liev­ers com­bined on a shutout and the Red Sox took ad­van­tage of an er­ror to beat Tampa Bay 1-0.

Mi­ley (1-1) threw 5 2-3 score­less innings and re­liev­ers Alexi Ogando, Rob­bie Ross Jr., and Ju­nichi Tazawa com­bined to re­tire seven straight bat­ters. Koji Ue­hara al­lowed a lead­off sin­gle in the ninth be­fore closing it out.

Rays starter Chris Archer (2-2) was the un­lucky loser af­ter he al­lowed one un­earned run in 5 2-3 innings for the Rays, who have lost the first four games of a nine-game home­s­tand. He struck out nine and walked one.

Wash­ing­ton’s Yunel Es­co­bar home­red to left with two outs in the bot­tom of the 10th in­ning, then cel­e­brated with a head-first slide into home plate, lift­ing the Na­tion­als to a 2-1 victory over St. Louis.

It was the sec­ond homer of the sea­son for Es­co­bar, who was sup­posed to be Wash­ing­ton’s sec­ond base­man but is fill­ing in at third while An­thony Ren­don is on the dis­abled list.

Es­co­bar con­nected with the first pitch he saw from Car­los Vil­lanueva (1-1), the sev­enth pitcher for the Car­di­nals, who had won five con­sec­u­tive games.

San Fran­cisco starter Tim Lince­cum shut down the first-place Los An­ge­les Dodgers with some sparkling dou­ble-play de­fense be­hind him, as the Gi­ants came out of their first day off seem­ingly re­freshed and won 6-2.

Justin Maxwell hit a two-run homer in the eighth in­ning and San Fran­cisco won for just the sec­ond time in 11 games, snap­ping the de­fend­ing di­vi­sion cham­pion Dodgers’ seven-game win­ning streak.

Nori Aoki, Bran­don Craw­ford and Buster Posey hit RBI sin­gles for the Gi­ants, who turned four dou­ble plays.

Chicago’s Star­lin Cas­tro went 3 for 5 with 4 RBIs, in­clud­ing a game-ty­ing two-run sin­gle in the ninth, as the Cubs ral­lied for the 9-8 win against Pitts­burgh.

Welling­ton Castillo fol­lowed Cas­tro’s big hit with an RBI ground­out off Pitts­burgh closer Mark Me­lan­con (0-1) as Chicago over­came a late three-run deficit.

Ed­win Jack­son (1-0) picked up the victory in re­lief. Hec­tor Ron­don worked a per­fect ninth.

Toronto’s Ed­win En­car­na­cion smashed a pair of home runs and Jose Bautista added an­other to power the Blue Jays to a 13-6 win against Bal­ti­more.

The Los An­ge­les An­gels smashed Oak­land 14-1, with Johnny Gi­avotella hit­ting a three-run shot for his first homer with the team, while the Ath­let­ics strug­gled so much that first base­man Ike Davis was called upon to pitch.

Texas’ Prince Fielder home­red and drove in three runs to lead the Rangers past Ari­zona 7-1.

Hous­ton’s Jose Al­tuve hit a goa­head three-run dou­ble in the eighth in­ning to lift the Astros to a 6-3 win against Seat­tle.

Cleve­land’s Car­los Car­rasco struck out eight in his first start since be­ing hit in the face by a line drive and steered the In­di­ans to a 6-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

Cincin­nati’s Jay Bruce and Todd Fra­zier each hit two-out grand slams to help the Reds beat Mil­wau­kee 16-10 in a run-fest.

Philadel­phia’s Ryan Howard hit a go-ahead two-run homer to lift the Phillies to a 7-3 win against Miami.

AP

San Fran­cisco Gi­ants short­stop Bran­don Craw­ford tosses the ball to sec­ond base­man Joe Panik to as­sist on a dou­ble play af­ter a div­ing stop on a ground ball by Los An­ge­les Dodgers’ Howie Ken­drick dur­ing the sixth in­ning of a base­ball game on Tues­day, April 21.

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