Washington’s Ian Desmond made up for two costly errors by hitting a home run in the 11th inning, giving the Nationals a 7-6 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday.
Desmond’s errors led to a pair of runs which helped the Reds come from 5-1 down to force extra innings, but the shortstop rescued the situation with his first homer of the season.
Among other National League games, Carlos Beltran got the go-ahead runs to lead St Louis over his old team San Francisco, John Buck starred as the New York Mets downed Miami, and Arizona proved too strong for an injury-depleted Milwaukee.
In the American League, Albert Pujols hit two homers to lead the Los Angeles Angels over Texas 8-4, Miguel Cabrera went four-for-four as Detroit downed the New York Yankees by the same score, Boston pitcher John Lackey was injured again in his comeback game as the Red Sox lost to Toronto 0-5, and Alex Rios’ homer lifted the Chicago White Sox over Seattle, 4-3.
Washington, who also got a homer from Bryce Harper, rebounded from a 15-0 drubbing by Cincinnati in the series opener.
Washington got the better of it this time, hitting five homers to Cincinnati’s one.
St Louis’ Beltran got the go-ahead two-run single and also hit an RBI single in the first to help the Cardinals to a 6-3 win over the San Francisco Giants.
Cardinals pitcher Shelby Miller got his first MLB win in his second start.
New York catcher John Buck drove in four runs and was part of a rare umpire’s call that helped the Mets beat the Miami Marlins 7-3.
New York led 3-2 in the seventh inning moments before the plate umpire made the unusual call.
Miami’s Juan Pierre was at second base when Greg Dobbs hit a single. Pierre dashed home easily with the tying run as the throw went 10 feet wide of Buck at the plate. Pierre crossed home, but then collided with Buck as he was trying to throw out Dobbs at second.
The umpire called Pierre for interference and ruled Dobbs out, ending the inning.
Arizona’s Jason Kubel, Paul Goldschmidt and Aaron Hill each homered in the Diamondbacks’ 9-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.
Kubel’s two-run homer gave the Diamondbacks a 3-2 lead in the fourth. Goldschmidt then hit a two-run drive in the fourth to make it 6-2. Hill’s solo shot capped the scoring in the eighth after his RBI double in the first gave Arizona a 1-0 lead.
In other games it was:
‧ Braves 6, Cubs 5
‧ Rockies 6, Padres 3
‧ Dodgers 1, Pirates 0
‧ Phillies 4, Royals 3
‧ Rays 6, Indians 0
‧ Twins 6, Orioles 5
‧ A’s 6, Astros 3