Fri, Apr 24, 2009 - Page 19 News List

LaRoche leads Pirates to 7-4 win, sweeping Marlins


Chris Andrews, chief of public programs and director of the Steinhart Aquarium at the California Academy of Sciences, holds up a red-tailed boa constrictor while throwing out the first pitch to celebrate Earth Day before the San Diego Padres played the San Francisco Giants in San Francisco, California, on Wednesday.


Adam LaRoche had four hits and little brother Andy drove in a pair of runs in leading the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Florida Marlins 7-4 and a three-game sweep in the National League on Wednesday.

Florida began the series with an 11-1 record, a seven-game winning streak and a 6-0 road record, only to be outscored 18-6 while being swept in a three-game series by Pittsburgh for the first time since 2005.

Seven Pirates had at least one hit each, including starting pitcher Paul Maholm (3-0). Adam LaRoche went 4-for-5 with three doubles.


At San Francisco, Bengie Molina’s pinch-hit double with two outs in the 10th inning drove in Andres Torres to give San Francisco the win before 26,593 people, its smallest crowd since moving into AT&T Park in 2000.


At Phoenix, Dan Haren pitched seven sharp innings as Ryan Roberts’ pinch-hit single broke a scoreless tie for Arizona.

Haren and Colorado’s Jorge De La Rosa (0-2) matched shutout innings until the seventh, when Chris Young singled, went to second on Chris Snyder’s single and scored on Roberts’ single.

Arizona went up 2-0 when reliever Jason Grilli issued a bases-loaded walk to Conor Jackson on a 3-2 pitch with two outs.

Also on Wednesday it was:

• Brewers 3, Phillies 1

• Braves 1, Nationals 0

• Reds 3, Cubs 0

• Astros 6, Dodgers 5

• Cardinals 5, Mets 2

Melky Cabrera ended a home run-filled opening homestand at new Yankee Stadium with a two-run drive in the 14th inning to give New York a 9-7 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday.

The Yankees overcame another shaky outing from CC Sabathia on a rainy afternoon that featured five more home runs. But after Oakland tied the score in the seventh, what had been a US$1.5 billion hitters’ haven turned into a pitchers’ park until Cabrera’s second drive of the game off Dan Giese (0-2).

Hideki Matsui and Derek Jeter also homered in the longest game of the season by innings and time (4 hours, 57 minutes).

A record 26 homers were hit on the opening homestand, one more than the previous mark for a major league venue established at Kansas City’s Municipal Stadium in 1955, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Also on Wednesday it was:

• Royals 2, Indians 0

• White Sox 8, Orioles 2

• Red Sox 10, Twins 1,

7 innings, 1st game

• Red Sox 7, Twins 3, 2nd game

• Blue Jays 8, Rangers 7, 11 innings

• Tigers 12, Angels 10

• Rays 9, Mariners 3

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