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Diamondbacks close gap on Rockies at top of West

AP, PHOENIX, Arizona

MAJOR LEAGUES

Arizona’s Cody Ross hit a sacrifice fly to drive in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning, lifting the Diamondbacks to a 3-2 win over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday and closing the gap between the National League West’s top teams back to one game.

A.J. Pollock led off the inning with a single, stole second and moved to third on a throwing error. After a walk, Ross hit his fly ball to center field, giving the Rockies no chance to throw out the speedy Pollock.

Arizona have already won six extra-inning games, with no losses, this season.

Elsewhere, Baltimore hit back-to-back homers in the fourth inning to set up a victory over Oakland, Pittsburgh rallied to beat St Louis, a pair of two-run homers powered Detroit over Atlanta, Washington’s Bryce Harper homered and singled in their win over Cincinnati, Minnesota halted a three-game slide by downing Texas, Boston’s David Ortiz kept up his rich form against Houston and Travis Hafner had a rare triple as the New York Yankees beat Toronto.

Baltimore’s Nick Markakis and Adam Jones hit the back-to-back homers that helped the Orioles to a 7-3 win over Oakland.

Chris Tillman (1-1) notched seven strikeouts in his six innings for his first win of the season. He also had a rare at-bat for an American League pitcher, after an injury to Taylor Teagarden forced Baltimore to abandon their designated hitter. He struck out.

The Orioles are 3-0 on the start of an 11-game road trip and in position for their first four-game sweep in Oakland since 1987. The A’s have lost eight of nine.

Pittsburgh’s Russell Martin hit a two-run homer to highlight a four-run seventh inning that lifted the Pirates to a 5-3 win over St Louis.

The Pirates had three consecutive hits against Joe Kelly (0-1) to lead off the seventh and were aided by a hit by pitch and a walk to score four runs.

Detroit’s Omar Infante and Jhonny Peralta both hit two-run homers as the Tigers defeated Atlanta 7-4.

Infante’s homer off Kris Medlen (1-3) broke a 3-3 tie in the fourth.

Detroit starter Rick Porcello (1-2) allowed three runs in 6-1/3 innings — a contrast to his nightmarish start against the Angels the previous weekend when he gave up nine runs in the first inning.

Washington starter Dan Haren set aside his previous struggles to make his best start of the season as the Nationals beat Cincinnati 6-3.

Haren (2-3) allowed two runs over six innings, lowering his ERA from 7.36 to 6.29.

The Nationals were going for a sweep of the four-game series yesterday.

Minnesota’s Pedro Hernandez pitched five shutout innings for his first major league win, guiding the Twins to a 7-2 win over Texas.

Hernandez (1-0) was making just his second start for the Twins. After getting into a third-inning jam, he retired eight of the final nine hitters he faced.

Josh Willingham homered for Minnesota.

The Rangers went into the game having won seven of their previous eight.

Boston slugger David Ortiz continued his extraordinary return from a long-term injury by having two hits and three RBIs as the Red Sox overcame Houston 8-4.

“Big Papi” is hitting .519 (14 of 27) with nine RBIs since getting back into the lineup the previous Saturday, having missed 71 of the final 72 games last season and all of spring training with a heel injury.

Boston starter Felix Doubront overcame a wild first inning to pitch into the seventh for the Red Sox, who have won 17 games this month and could match the club’s April record if they completed the four-game sweep yesterday.

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