San Diego Padres pinch-hitter Mark Kotsay’s two-run double in the eighth gave the Padres a 2-1 win over the Washington Nationals on Thursday.
With the Padres trailing 1-0, Orlando Hudson drew a one-out walk and Cameron Maybin dropped down a bunt single against Tyler Clippard (1-2).
Kotsay followed with a double to right-center.
Andrew Cashner (1-1) pitched a perfect eighth inning for the win and Huston Street earned the save.
The National League East--leading Nationals (14-5) had won four straight and eight of 10.
GIANTS 6, REDS 5
In Cincinnati, Ohio, Angel Pagan hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning, lifting San Francisco over Cincinnati.
Joaquin Arias led off the ninth against Cincinnati closer Sean Marshall (0-2) with a walk, and Ryan Theriot followed with a single.
After a strikeout, Pagan lofted a pitch into the left field seats to snap the Giants’ losing streak in Cincinnati at seven.
Javier Lopez (2-0) pitched a scoreless eighth to earn the win. Santiago Casilla struck out the side in the ninth for the save.
METS 3, MARLINS 2
In New York, a bases-loaded walk and a two-out single in the ninth inning lifted New York to victory over Miami.
Pitching for the first time in a week, and working in a steady drizzle, Marlins closer Heath Bell (0-3) could not find the plate, walking four and throwing a whopping 46 pitches.
The Mets trailed 2-1 when David Wright drew a leadoff walk in the ninth. Two more walks loaded the bases for Justin Turner, who fell behind in the count 0-2, but fouled off seven pitches before his walk made it 2-2.
After a forceout at the plate notched the second out, Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a single off the right-field wall for the winning run. Before Nieuwenhuis’ hit, the Mets were 0-for-16 when batting with the bases loaded this season.
Ramon Ramirez (2-1) pitched two scoreless innings to take the win for the Mets, who completed a three-game sweep.
AP, BALTIMORE, MARYLAND
Baltimore’s Adam Jones led off the eighth inning with a tiebreaking homer as the Orioles beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2 on Thursday to complete a three-game sweep with their fourth straight victory.
Jones ripped the first pitch from Casey Janssen (1-1) just above the glove of the leaping left fielder and into the first row.
Darren Oliver replaced Janssen after Jones’ home run and allowed Matt Wieters’ single before Chris Davis hit a two-run homer.
Darren O’Day (2-0) pitched two perfect innings in relief to take the win.
The Blue Jays have lost three straight and are 1-5 against the Orioles this season.
MARINERS 5, TIGERS 4
In Detroit, Michigan, Chone Figgins hit a tie-breaking double in the seventh inning as Seattle completed a three-game sweep of Detroit.
Figgins’ drive was misjudged by the right fielder and scored Brendan Ryan, who had reached on a two-out walk from Rick Porcello (1-2).
Former Tiger Charlie Furbush (1-1) got the win for the Mariners with a perfect inning of work.
RAYS 4, ANGELS 3
In St Petersburg, Florida, Brandon Allen hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning to lift Tampa Bay over Los Angeles.
Allen, recently acquired from Oakland, homered off closer Jordan Walden (0-1) after B.J. Upton had a one-out single.
Brandon Gomes (1-0) worked a 1-2-3 ninth, helping the Rays win their fifth straight.
Angels’ big-money recruit Albert Pujols ended his career-worst 21 games without a hit, but has still yet to hit a homer for his new team and, dating back to last season, he has gone 105 at-bats without a long shot, equaling the longest drought of his career.