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LaRoche leads Pirates to 7-4 win, sweeping Marlins

AP , NEW YORK AND PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA

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.

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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.

GIANTS 1, PADRES 0, 10 INNINGS

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.

DIAMONDBACKS 2, ROCKIES 0

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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