Braves beat Reds, top NL East
Associated Press
2012-05-16 02:22 PM
The Atlanta Braves moved to the top of the National League East division standings with a 6-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday, setting up the victory with a four-run third inning.

Brian McCann homered, Michael Bourn had three hits and scored two runs and Martin Prado also had three hits for the Braves.

Reds starter Johnny Cueto (4-1) suffered his first loss of the season. He had led the major leagues with his 1.12 ERA before giving up six runs in four innings. He had allowed only one earned run over 23 innings in his previous three starts.

Atlanta starter Tim Hudson (2-1) gave up two runs in seven innings.



In Los Angeles, Wade Miley wiggled out of a couple jams while pitching into the seventh inning, steering Arizona to a victory that ended Los Angeles' five-game winning streak.

Miley (4-1) gave up only one run and one walk. He is 3-1 with a 2.35 ERA in five starts since being inserted into the rotation to replace the injured Daniel Hudson.

It was the Dodgers' first game since star center fielder Matt Kemp suffered a hamstring strain and was placed on the 15-day disabled list.

Los Angeles starter Chad Billingsley (2-3) gave up four runs in four innings.



In St. Louis, Yadier Molina hit an RBI single off the second baseman's glove with two outs in the ninth inning, lifting St. Louis over Chicago and avoiding a series sweep.

The Cubs had tied it 6-6 in the top half of the ninth through Alfonso Soriano's overdue first homer of the season.

In the bottom of the inning, Matt Holliday singled off Rafael Dolis (2-3) and advanced on a groundout. Molina's grounder deflected off Darwin Barney's glove and rolled into shallow right field, and Holliday scored without a play at the plate.

Holliday and Matt Carpenter homered for St. Louis. Allen Craig had three hits and two RBIs and Tyler Greene snapped an 0-for-17 skid with three hits.

Jason Motte (2-1) got the win.



In New York, Zack Greinke ran his scoreless streak to 15 innings, pitching Milwaukee past New York.

Greinke (4-1) was dominant for seven innings.

Travis Ishikawa homered twice for the Brewers: leading off the fifth, and a three-run shot in the sixth, both drives coming on the first pitch of the at-bat against Dillon Gee (2-3). He also had a run-scoring groundout in the second inning.



In Miami, Josh Johnson notched his first victory in more than a year, pitching Miami to victory over Pittsburgh.

Johnson (1-3) gave up two runs over seven innings. He had gone winless in 12 starts since his most recent victory. He missed the final 4-1/2 months of last season because of right shoulder inflammation.

Hanley Ramirez had three hits and two RBIs for the Marlins. Omar Infante tied a career high with four hits, including a two-run single, and John Buck singled home the other two runs.

Pittsburgh starter Kevin Correia (1-4) lasted only 3 2-3 innings, his shortest outing this year, and gave up a season-worst six runs.



In Washington, Will Venable had four hits to power San Diego past Washington.

John Baker collected three hits and three RBIs for the Padres, while James Darnell hit his first homer of the season.

Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg (3-1) gave up four runs and left after only four innings, matching the second-shortest appearance of his career. His ERA rose from 1.64 to 2.25.

San Diego's Anthony Bass (2-4) _ making his 10th start in the majors _ tied his longest outing by going eight innings. He didn't allow a hit until the fourth and gave up only one run in all.



In Philadelphia, Hunter Pence atoned for a ninth-inning error by hitting his second home run of the game, a solo shot in the 10th that lifted Philadelphia over Houston.

Pence connected against former Philadelphia closer Brett Myers (0-1) to give the Phillies their first three-game winning streak of the season _ the longest they've had to wait to do so since 1971.

With two outs in the top of the ninth, Pence's bobble in right field while trying to make a throw to home allowed Houston to tie the game.

Phillies reliever Jake Diekman tossed 1 1-3 scoreless innings to win his major league debut.



In San Francisco, Marco Scutaro hit a homer leading off the ninth inning, giving Colorado victory over error-prone San Francisco.

Scutaro smacked a fastball from Santiago Casilla (0-2) just over the left-field wall for his first home run of the season to rescue the game for the Rockies, who had given up a three-run lead in the eighth.

Troy Tulowitzki, Michael Cuddyer and Carlos Gonzalez each drove in a run as the Rockies took advantage of three Giants errors to snap a four-game losing streak.

Colorado's Rex Brothers (2-2) struck out two batters with the bases loaded in the eighth and took the win. Rafael Betancourt ended the game by striking out Nate Schierholtz looking with two men on base in the ninth.

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