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