Mar­lins edge Mets 4-3 to end their run of de­feats

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Miami ended its run of losses against the New York Mets this sea­son by com­ing through with a 4-3 victory over the Na­tional League lead­ers on Wed­nes­day af­ter Michael Morse hit a tiebreak­ing sin­gle in the eighth in­ning.

The Mets’ crosstown ri­vals, the New York Yan­kees, had a mixed day. They beat Tampa Bay to move two games clear atop the Amer­i­can League East di­vi­sion, but also learnt that pitch­ing ace Masahiro Tanaka will be out for at least a month.

Hous­ton made it nine wins from 10 games with a rout of San Diego, while Min­nesota edged Detroit to cost the Tigers the lead in the AL Cen­tral.

Miami had lost its pre­vi­ous five games against the Mets this sea­son but ended that run in a close con­test.

Mar­lins closer Steve Cishek, who blew a save on Mon­day by al­low­ing a three-run homer, be­gan shak­ily in the ninth when he walked the lead­off hit­ter be­fore closing it out.

The Yan­kees won 4-2 against Tampa Bay, with catcher Brian McCann hit­ting two dou­bles to drive in three runs.

The win was over­shad­owed by the rev­e­la­tion that Tanaka will be out for some time be­cause of a mild fore­arm strain and right wrist ten­dini­tis.

Chase Whit­ley (1-0) was mak­ing a spot start that was meant to give Tanaka and other pitch­ers ex­tra rest. But he could find him­self in the ro­ta­tion for a while af­ter giv­ing up only one run in five gritty innings.

The Yan­kees have won 10 of their past 12 against the Rays.

Hous­ton’s Ge­orge Springer home­red and drove in five runs to power the Astros to a 14-3 win against San Diego.

Evan Gat­tis added a two-run shot for the Astros and Chris Carter con­nected for a solo drive as Hous­ton hit three home runs at spa­cious Petco Park for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive night. The AL West lead­ers set sea­son highs for runs and hits (16).

Hous­ton is 9-2 on the road, equal­ing the best 11-game start away from home in team his­tory.

Springer hit a two-run homer in the sev­enth and added a two-run sin­gle in the eighth as he tied his ca­reer high for RBIs.

Min­nesota’s Mike Pel­frey turned in his sec­ond con­sec­u­tive strong start to guide the Twins to a 3-2 win against Detroit.

Pel­frey (2-0) be­grudg­ingly started the sea­son in the bullpen af­ter spend- ing most of 2014 on the dis­abled list. He struck out seven and al­lowed one earned run over seven innings. He has won his past two starts while al­low­ing only one earned run in 14 innings.

Kurt Suzuki had two hits, in­clud­ing a sin­gle up the mid­dle in the sev­enth in­ning to give Min­nesota the lead.

The Chicago Cubs won a fourth straight game by down­ing Pitts­burgh 6-2.

Dex­ter Fowler had three hits and two RBIs for the Cubs, who scored all their runs with two outs.

Chicago pitcher Travis Wood (2-1) ex­tended his solid start to the sea­son by al­low­ing two runs in seven innings, low­er­ing his ERA to 3.04.

San Fran­cisco’s Madi­son Bum­gar­ner pitched eight sharp innings to steer the Gi­ants to a 2-1 win at the Los An­ge­les Dodgers.

Bum­gar­ner (2-1) gave up one run and one walk while throw­ing 110 pitches. Last year’s World Se­ries and NLCS MVP is 3-1 life­time against Dodgers ace Clay­ton Ker­shaw.

Ker­shaw (1-2) al­lowed two runs over seven innings.

St. Louis set a sea­son high for runs as the Car­di­nals cruised to an 11-5 win against Philadel­phia.

Matt Car­pen­ter tripled and dou­bled for the Car­di­nals, who had 15 hits.

St. Louis starter Michael Wacha (4-0) drove in two runs and pitched 5 2-3 innings to win for the fourth time in four starts.

Toronto scored eight runs across the third and fourth innings to set up an 11-8 win at Bos­ton, snap­ping a four-game los­ing skid.

Ari­zona pitcher Archie Bradley was hit in the face by a line drive but walked off the field, ap­par­ently avoid­ing se­ri­ous in­jury, as the Di­a­mond­backs beat Colorado 12-5.

Kansas City’s Kendrys Mo­rales hit a three-run homer which capped a six-run sev­enth in­ning that lifted the Roy­als to an 11-5 win at Cleve­land.

Wash­ing­ton set a fran­chise record by com­ing from eight runs down to beat At­lanta 13-12, with Dan Ug­gla driv­ing in five runs — three on a homer in the ninth in­ning — as the Na­tion­als ended a run of sev­en­straight losses.

Oak­land also ended a string of de­feats — four in this case — by beat­ing the Los An­ge­les An­gels 6-2, with Sonny Gray strik­ing out six and walk­ing one over eight im­pres­sive innings.

Seat­tle’s J.A. Happ pro­duced nine strike­outs to dou­ble his sea­son tally and guide the Mariners to a 2-1 win against Texas.

Cincin­nati’s Johnny Cueto gave up three hits over eight innings dur­ing his lat­est dom­i­nant per­for­mance against Mil­wau­kee, lead­ing the Reds to a 4-2 victory over the Brew­ers.

AP

New York Yan­kees cen­ter fielder Ja­coby Ellsbury, left, is caught in a run­down as Tampa Bay Rays third base­man Evan Lon­go­ria #3 chases him down be­tween third and home as pitcher Xavier Ce­deno looks on in the sev­enth in­ning of a base­ball game in New York on Tues­day, April 28.

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