MLB: BJ and Justin Upton both hit home runs to help Atlanta Braves beat Chicago CUbs
Last Updated: 07/04/13 8:37am
BJ and Justin Upton celebrate as the Braves win
The Upton brothers each hit home runs in the bottom of the ninth as the Atlanta Braves rallied for a walk-off win against the Chicago Cubs.
The Braves were trailing 5-4 going into the final half-inning but BJ Upton tied the game with a solo shot to start the frame and, two batters later, Justin Upton followed suit as he cleared the fence in centre field - exactly the kind of scenario the Braves had in mind when they completed trades for each of the Uptons.
Atlanta's AL West rivals Philadelphia also enjoyed a walk-off win, with Kevin Frandsen's bases-loaded double giving them a 4-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals in an interleague match-up.
The Braves' 4-1 record at the top of the division is matched by the Washington Nationals, who bounced back from a 15-0 rout against Cincinnati on Friday night to beat them 7-6 in 11 innings a day later.
Ian Desmond and Wilson Ramos both hit solo home runs in the 11th to take the win after closer Rafael Soriano had blown the save in the ninth.
The New York Mets sit third in the division after beating the Miami Marlins 7-3 to consign the Florida club to last place with a 1-4 record.
Clayton Kershaw followed his Opening Day shutout by holding the Pittsburgh Pirates scoreless over seven innings, striking out nine, as the Los Angeles Dodgers won 1-0.
AJ Burnett was almost as good for Pittsburgh, but allowed an RBI single to Mark Ellis in the third inning that proved decisive.
Paul Goldschmidt, Jason Kubel and Aaron Hill all went deep as the Arizona Diamondbacks pounded the Milwaukee Brewers 9-2 to move to 4-1 at the top of the AL West standings, a record matched by the Colorado Rockies who got four RBI from Michael Cuddyer in a 6-3 victory over the San Diego Padres.
In the American League, Bartolo Colon joined the party in Oakland, returning from a 50-game suspension for a positive testosterone test to lead the A's to a 6-3 victory over the Houston Astros that lifts them to 4-2 - the best record in the AL.
That sends them top of the AL West after the Texas Rangers fell to an 8-4 loss against the Los Angeles Angels, victims of two home runs from Albert Pujols.
Felix Hernandez will have to wait for a 100th career win after the Seattle Mariners slipped to a 4-3 loss against the Chicago White Sox, who could thank Alex Rios for a two-run homer in the sixth inning that gave them the lead for good.
The Detroit Tigers piled up 17 hits as they topped the New York Yankees 8-4 to keep pace with the White Sox at 3-2, while the Minnesota Twins edged out the Baltimore Orioles 6-5 to make it a three-way tie at the top of the AL Central.