Mets match record with 11th straight win, beat Braves 6-3

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The New York Mets matched a fran­chise record with their 11th straight win on Thurs­day, beat­ing At­lanta 6-3, thanks chiefly to Daniel Mur­phy, who drove in four runs.

It is the fifth time the Mets have won 11 on the run — with the most re­cent be­ing in 1990 — and has over­shad­owed the ef­forts of their big­ger neigh­bor, the New York Yan­kees, who moved equal top of the Amer­i­can League East di­vi­sion with an­other win against Detroit.

Else­where, Colorado edged big-spend­ing San Diego, and Kansas City pre­vailed in a feisty 13-in­ning clash with the Chicago White Sox.

The Mets have the best record in the ma­jors de­spite in­juries to sev­eral crit­i­cal play­ers and fin­ished their first home­s­tand 10-0 af­ter sweep­ing a trio of NL East di­vi­sion ri­vals.

Start­ing pitcher Bar­tolo Colon (4-0) al­lowed three runs over six innings to win his first four starts of a sea­son for the first time in his big league ca­reer.

The Yan­kees won 2-1 at Detroit, with Ja­coby Ellsbury hit­ting a lead­off dou­ble in the eighth off Tom Gorze­lanny (0-1), tak­ing third on a sac­ri­fice bunt and scor­ing the tiebreak­ing run on a ground­out.

On a cold af­ter­noon, the Yan­kees bullpen re­tained that lead. Dellin Be­tances ( 3- 0) pitched 1-2/3 score­less innings and An­drew Miller had a per­fect ninth.

Colorado’s Corey Dick­er­son hit a go-ahead homer against Tyson Ross (1-1) lead­ing off the fifth in­ning — his third solo shot in two days de­spite play­ing with plan­tar fasci­itis — and the Rock­ies held on to beat San Diego 2-1.

The Rock­ies said it was just the 25th game with a 2-1 score at Coors Field, which opened in 1995.

In Chicago, a bench­escle­ar­ing fight led to five ejec­tions sev­eral innings be­fore Eric Hos­mer hit the go-ahead dou­ble in the 13th to lead Kansas City to a 3-2 win over the White Sox.

Play­ers from both dugouts and bullpens ran onto the field and punches were thrown dur­ing a fight that lasted a cou­ple of min­utes.

With two outs in the top of the 13th, Hos­mer’s hit off Chicago’s Jake Pet­ricka (0-1) drove in Jar­rod Dyson for the go- ahead run. Wade Davis then pitched a score­less 13th to close out the game.

St. Louis’ Michael Wacha ( 3- 0) al­lowed just one run in seven innings to steer the Car­di­nals to a 4-1 victory over Wash­ing­ton and lower his sea­son ERA to 1.33.

Wacha outdueled Na­tion­als boom re­cruit Max Scherzer (1-2), who gave up two runs in seven innings.

St. Louis won straight se­ries.

Tampa Bay’s Rene Rivera had a run-scor­ing sin­gle in the bot­tom of the ninth in­ning to give the Rays a 2-1 win against Bos­ton.

Al­lan Dyk­stra opened the ninth with a sin­gle off An­thony Var­varo ( 0- 1). Pinchrun­ner Tim Beckham went to sec­ond on Kevin Kier­maier’s one-out sin­gle and scored the win­ning run on Rivera’s hit down the third-base line.

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Po- lanco got three hits, in­clud­ing a go-ahead sin­gle in the sev­enth off Phil Coke, which gave the Pi­rates a 5-4 win against the Chicago Cubs.

San Fran­cisco’s Justin Maxwell sin­gled home the win­ning run with one out in the 10th in­ning off Juan Ni­ca­sio ( 0- 1) as the World Se­ries cham­pi­ons won 3- 2 and com­pleted a three-game sweep of the Los An­ge­les Dodgers.

Toronto’s Josh Don­ald­son hit a two- run homer and Drew Hutchi­son pitched eight strong innings as the Blue Jays com­pleted a three-game sweep of Bal­ti­more, beat­ing the Ori­oles 7- 6.

The Los An­ge­les An­gels won 2- 0 against Oak­land, with Nick Tro­peano star­ring in his team de­but as he held the Ath­let­ics score­less into the sev­enth in­ning.

Mil­wau­kee snapped an eight-game los­ing skid by de­feat­ing Cincin­nati 4- 2, with Kyle Lohse ( 1- 3) end­ing his strug­gles on the mound and lim­it­ing the Reds to two runs in his seven innings.

Miami’s David Phelps pitched seven score­less innings for his first win since join­ing Miami af­ter three sea­sons with the Yan­kees, and guided the Mar­lins to a 9-1 win against Philadel­phia.

AP

New York Mets’ Bar­tolo Colon #40 tags out At­lanta Braves’ A.J. Pierzyn­ski #15 dur­ing the sixth in­ning of a base­ball game in New York on Thurs­day, April 23.

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