Martinez helps Car­di­nals rally past Mar­lins

The China Post - - SPORTS -

Right- handed pitcher Car­los Martinez shook off a slow start and a fast­ball that hit him in the right shoul­der to pitch seven in­nings and help the St. Louis Car­di­nals beat the Mi­ami Mar­lins 4- 3 Tues­day.

Martinez ( 8- 3) trailed 3- 0 af­ter 1 1- 3 in­nings be­fore set­tling down. He re­tired the fi­nal seven bat­ters he faced, in­clud­ing three af­ter tak­ing a 94- mph fast­ball in the shoul­der while try­ing to bunt in the sev­enth.

Martinez struck out nine and al­lowed eight hits. He gave up a two- run homer in the first in­ning to ma­jor league home run and RBI leader Gian­carlo Stan­ton, a shot es­ti­mated at 484 feet.

That matched Stan­ton’s pre­vi­ous long­est this year, and he now has 26 homers, in­clud­ing the long­est two in the ma­jors in 2015.

Justin Hey­ward hit his eighth homer for the Car­di­nals.

San Diego’s Alexi Amarista sin­gled in the go- ahead run as the Padres beat the San Fran­cisco Giants 3- 1 in 11 in­nings.

Bran­don Mau­rer ( 5- 0) pitched two score­less in­nings to earn the vic­tory while Craig Kim­brel earned his 18th save.

Derek Nor­ris dou­bled against Hunter Strickland ( 0- 1) with one out in the 11th and went to third on Justin Up­ton’s sin­gle. Amarista’s grounder tipped off Strickland’s glove and out of the reach of sec­ond base­man Joe Panik, al­low­ing Nor­ris to cross the plate.

In Chicago, Chris Denor­fia hit a game- end­ing sac­ri­fice fly in the 10th in­ning as the Cubs beat the Los An­ge­les Dodgers 1- 0 fir their fourth con­sec­u­tive vic­tory.

The Cubs loaded the bases with no outs in the 10th on two sin­gles and a walk. Dodgers man­ager Don Mat­tingly then re­placed Joel Peralta ( 1- 1) with Ken­ley Jansen and brought the in­field in.

Rookie slug­ger Maikel Franco home­red again for the Phillies and had five RBIs for the sec­ond straight night at Yan­kee Sta­dium, break­ing a ninth- in­ning dead­lock with a two- run dou­ble that sent Philadelphia to a 11- 6 vic­tory over New York.

Franco lofted a three- run shot to the short porch in right field and Cameron Rupp hit his first ma­jor league homer for the Phillies, who handed lights- out re­liever Dellin Be­tances his first ma­jor league loss in 110 ca­reer ap­pear­ances.

The Seat­tle Mariners blanked the Kansas City Roy­als af­ter rookie pitcher Mike Mont­gomery al­lowed just four hits against the team that drafted him, and Dustin Ack­ley sin­gled, dou­bled and home­red for his first three­hit game of the sea­son.

Mont­gomery ( 2- 2) be­came the sec­ond Mariners pitcher this sea­son to toss a com­plete game, join­ing Felix Her­nan­dez, and he be­came the 10th rookie in Seat­tle history to toss a com­plete game. Mont­gomery re­tired 17 straight bat­ters at one point, strik­ing out a ca­reer- high 10 and al­low­ing only two base run­ners af­ter the sec­ond in­ning.

Washington’s Stephen Stras­burg pitched five shutout in­nings in his re­turn from the dis­abled list and An­thony Ren­don equaled his ca­reer- high with four hits as the Na­tion­als de­feated the At­lanta Braves 3- 1, while Tampa Bay’s Chris Archer won his sixth straight de­ci­sion in the Rays’ 3- 1 vic­tory over the Toronto Blue Jays.

In other games, Luis Val­buena home­red twice and rookie Car­los Cor­rea hit a mam­moth three- run shot off C. J. Wil­son to lead the Hous­ton Astros to a 13- 3 rout of the Los An­ge­les An­gels, the Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers edged the New York Mets 3- 2, the Pittsburgh Pi­rates out­lasted the Cincinnati Reds 7- 6 and the Oak­land Ath­let­ics beat the Texas Rangers 8- 6.

Nolan Arenado hit two home runs as the Colorado Rock­ies downed the Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs 10- 5, the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles de­feated the Bos­ton Red Sox 6- 4, the Detroit Tigers dom­i­nated the Cleve­land In­di­ans 7- 3 and the Chicago White Sox were 6- 2 win­ners over the Min­nesota Twins.


Chicago Cubs’ Chris Denor­fia is car­ried by team­mates af­ter hit­ting the game-win­ning sac­ri­fice fly ball to score Matt Szcur dur­ing the 10th in­ning of a base­ball game to de­feat the Los An­ge­les Dodgers 1-0 on Tues­day, June 23.

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