Derek Lowe took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and the Atlanta Braves won their sixth straight game, beating Philadelphia 5-0 on Friday night despite Cliff Lee’s 16 strikeouts for the Phillies.
Shane Victorino singled to start the seventh for the first hit off Lowe, and Placido Polanco followed with a double. The right-hander then came out of the game with an apparent leg or foot injury.
Lowe (3-3) appeared to hurt himself in the top of the seventh after singling and going to second on Chipper Jones’ single.
Brian McCann had a pair of doubles and an RBI, and Alex Gonzalez had three hits and an RBI for the Braves.
Lee (2-3) set the major league high for strikeouts this season, coming within one of the franchise record. The big league mark for a nine-inning game is 20.
GIANTS 4, ROCKIES 3
In San Francisco, Freddy Sanchez singled home the winning run in the ninth inning to give the Giants a victory over Colorado on a night when San Francisco celebrated Willie Mays’ 80th birthday.
Sanchez’s line drive up the middle against Felipe Paulino (0-2) sent the Giants pouring out of the dugout and delighted a roaring crowd that came to toast Mays on a chilly, breezy night alongside San Francisco Bay.
Cody Ross led off the ninth with a double down the right-field line. Paulino struck out Aaron Rowand before Sanchez capped San Francisco’s comeback from a 3-0 deficit.
Brian Wilson (1-1) pitched the ninth for the win.
METS 6, DODGERS 3
In New York, Andre Ethier extended his hitting streak to 30 games, but Jason Pridie’s three-run homer in the sixth inning carried the Mets past Los Angeles in the opener of a weekend series between baseball’s most financially troubled teams.
With the Mets trailing 3-2 on Friday, Pridie homered off a bullpen roof in right-center against Hiroki Kuroda (3-3) following an intentional walk to Ike Davis.
Jose Reyes tripled twice in a game for the second time this season and then doubled in the ninth. Davis homered for the Mets, who won for the third time in eight games following a six-game winning streak.
Ryota Igarashi (2-0) got one out to win in relief of Jonathon Niese, and Taylor Buchholz, Jason Isringhausen and Francisco Rodriguez each followed with an inning of shutout relief. A day after throwing 42 pitches, Rodriguez got his eighth save in nine chances.
In other NL action, it was:
‧ Reds 5, Cubs 4
‧ Astros 3, Pirates 2
‧ Cardinals 6, Brewers 0
‧ Nationals 3, Marlins 2 (10)
‧ Padres 4, D’Backs 3 (11)
AP, ARLINGTON, TEXAS
Curtis Granderson hit two homers, rookie Ivan Nova limited the Texas Rangers to two singles up to the eighth inning, and the New York Yankees ended their season-worst three-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory on Friday night.
Even before Nova (3-2) threw his first pitch, Granderson put the Yankees ahead to stay.
His 433-foot drive into the second level of seats high above the Rangers’ bullpen in right-center made it 2-0 in the first. He hit his AL-leading 10th homer in the seventh, a towering solo shot closer to the right-field line, but still in the upper deck.
Nova struck out one, walked one and gave up an unearned run.
ATHLETICS 3, ROYALS 2
In Kansas City, Gio Gonzalez pitched seven effective innings as the Oakland Athletics ruined Eric Hosmer’s much-anticipated major league debut.
Gonzalez (4-2) settled down after allowing Alex Gordon’s homer in the first, holding Kansas City to two runs and four hits.