Mets edge Gi­ants to go top of Na­tional League East stand­ings

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The New York Mets re­turned to the top of the Na­tional League East stand­ings with a 5-4 win against San Fran­cisco on Thurs­day, se­cured when Michael Cud­dyer sin­gled home the win­ning run in the bot­tom of the ninth in­ning. The Mets moved above Wash­ing­ton, which gave up a four-run lead and lost at Mil­wau­kee.

Else­where, Al­bert Pu­jols moved to 16th place on the all-time list with a his 537th home run as the Los An­ge­les An­gels won at Tampa Bay, while San Diego won in 11 innings against At­lanta in a match that in­cluded a benches-clear­ing show­down.

San Fran­cisco pitcher Ser­gio Romo (0-3) hit Curtis Gran­der­son in the back on a 0-2 pitch with one out in the ninth. Gran­der­son ad­vanced to third on a passed ball then a ground­out. Af­ter an in­ten­tional walk, Cud­dyer stroked a sin­gle into cen­ter field to bring home Gran­der­son and end the game.

Gran­der­son scored twice and also drove in a run while Cud­dyer hit the go-ahead dou­ble in the fifth in­ning.

Los An­ge­les’ Al­bert Pu­jols hit his land­mark homer to pass for­mer New York Yan­kees great Mickey Man­tle on the ca­reer list, and help the An­gels beat Tampa Bay 6-2.

Pu­jols’ 17th home run of the sea­son, which came in the ninth in­ning, was his 1,122nd ex­tra-base hit, ty­ing Manny Ramirez for 14th place in that cat­e­gory. The 35-year-old has 1,685 RBIs, one short of Ernie Banks who is 29th on the all-time list.

Mike Trout drove in two runs with his 17th home run and a dou­ble. Trout, who had three straight hits, hit his sixth homer in 11 games for the An­gels’ first run. Trout’s two-out dou­ble drove in an­other run in the sev­enth af­ter rookie Kyle Ku­b­itza’s sin­gle had given Los An­ge­les its first lead of the game, 3-2.

San Diego’s Yangervis So­larte hit a two-run sin­gle in the 11th in­ning to give the Padres a 6-4 win against At­lanta.

In the first in­ning, play­ers left the dugouts pre­par­ing for a con­fronta­tion af­ter Braves pitcher Julio Te­heran hit Matt Kemp with a fast­ball. No punches were thrown and no one was ejected.

Padres manager Bud Black was ejected in the sev­enth for ar­gu­ing with um­pires. Chicago’s Miguel Mon­tero and Dex­ter Fowler each home­red to lead the Cubs to a 6-3 win against Cincin­nati.

Mon­tero’s three-run homer in the first off Michael Loren­zen (1-2) gave Chicago an early lead, and Fowler’s third-in­ning drive put the Cubs in front 4-2.

With the re­built right-field bleach- ers in use for the first time this sea­son, the Cubs won for the fourth time in five games while end­ing the Reds’ four-game win­ning streak.

Bal­ti­more com­pleted its first se­ries sweep of the sea­son by beat­ing Bos­ton 6-5.

Adam Jones, Nolan Re­mold and Manny Machado all hit homers off Wade Mi­ley as the Ori­oles squeezed out the sec­ond one-run victory in the se­ries and won a fourth-straight game this sea­son.

Mi­ley (5-6) al­lowed five runs over four innings. Af­ter fin­ish­ing the fourth, he en­gaged in a heated ex­change with manager John Far­rell in the dugout. Still scream­ing, Mi­ley walked into the tun­nel with Far­rell in pur­suit.

The de­feat left the Red Sox seven games un­der .500 (27-34), match­ing their low point of the sea­son.

Oak­land’s Scott Kazmir al­lowed just one hit in eight innings to em­phat­i­cally end his nine-start win­less streak and lead the Ath­let­ics to a 7-0 win against Texas.

Cleve­land’s Gio­vanny Ur­shela hit his first ma­jor league home run to help the In­di­ans beat Seat­tle 6-0.

AP

San Diego Padres short­stop Alexi Amarista, top right, is up ended by At­lanta Braves’ Nick Markakis, bot­tom, as he turns a dou­ble play on a Juan Uribe ground ball in the sixth in­ning of a base­ball game in At­lanta, Ge­or­gia on Thurs­day, June 11.

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