MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates move level with Cardinals after beating the Mets
Last Updated: 14/07/13 8:15am
Andrew McCutchen: Hit both the game-tying homer and the go-ahead single against the Mets
The Pittsburgh Pirates moved level with the St Louis Cardinals atop the National League Central division with a 4-2 win over the New York Mets.
Andrew McCutchen hit both the game-tying homer and the go-ahead single for Pittsburgh and the Mets could not respond against the Pirates' bullpen.
And the Cards went down 6-4 to the Chicago Cubs, leaving them level with the Pirates with a 56-36 record. Luis Valbuena and Alfonso Soriano homered for the Cubs.
Saturday's MLB scores:
Diamondbacks 5 Brewers 4
Braves 5 Reds 2
Orioles 3 Blue Jays 7
Cubs 6 Cardinals 4
Indians 5 Royals 3
Tigers 1 Rangers 7
Dodgers 1 Rockies 0
Marlins 2 Nationals 1
Yankees 1 Twins 4
Athletics 3 Red Sox 0
Phillies 2 White Sox 1
Pirates 4 Mets 2
Padres 0 Giants 9
Mariners 6 Angels 0
Rays 4 Astros 3
Phillies 4 White Sox 5
The Cincinnati Reds fell five games behind with a 5-2 defeat to NL East leaders the Atlanta Braves, whose pitcher Mike Minor gave up two runs in seven innings and offset them with a two-run double in the fifth.
That lifted the Braves a commanding seven wins clear of the Washington Nationals, who lost 2-1 to the Miami Marlins in 10 innings after Ed Lucas sprinted to beat a double-play at first and score Adeiny Hechavarria.
The Nats remain ahead of the Philadelphia Phillies, though, after the latter traded elongated wins with the Chicago White Sox in a double-header lasting a combined 24 innings.
The two teams' meeting last night was rained off and the first of Saturday's double-header was held up by 41 minutes, but two runs in the 11th gave Chicago a 5-4 win. The Phillies hit back with a 2-1, 13-inning success sealed by Michael Young scoring Jimmy Rollins.
In the NL West, leaders the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 with solo homers from Miguel Montero, Didi Gregorius and Jason Kubel.
The Los Angeles Dodgers' Zack Greinke threw a complete-game, two-hit shutout in a 1-0 win over the Colorado Rockies, Hanley Ramirez scoring Skip Schumacher in the first.
The San Francisco Giants followed up Friday's 10-1 success over the San Diego Padres with a 9-0 win as Brandon Belt hit a two-run homer and Hunter Pence batted in five including a solo yard ball.
Close the gap
In the American League, the Cleveland Indians closed the gap to Central division leaders the Detroit Tigers with a 5-3 win over the Kansas City Royals thanks to Lonnie Chisenhall's sixth-inning grand slam.
The Tigers were hammered 7-1 by the Texas Rangers as Mitch Moreland hit a two-run homer and AJ Pierzynski and Adrian Beltre also batted in two runs apiece. Texas remained 1.5 wins behind the Oakland Athletics in the AL West after the A's beat the Boston Red Sox 3-0.
Luke Scott batted in three runs as the Red Sox's nearest pursuers in the AL East, the Tampa Bay Rays, edged out the Houston Astros 4-3.
Fellow AL East sides the Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees were both beaten. Baltimore went down 7-3 to the Toronto Blue Jays in a match featuring homers by Chris Davis, Adam Jones and Toronto's Edwin Encarnacion while the Yankees lost 4-1 to the Minnesota Twins.
The Seattle Mariners beat AL West rivals the Los Angeles Angels 6-0, Justin Smoak with a three-run shot and Felix Hernandez pitching eight scoreless innings.