Marlins rally past Mets for 2-1 victory

Updated 02 May 2013
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Marlins rally past Mets for 2-1 victory

MIAMI: Juan Pierre scored the winning run on a wild pitch as Miami Marlins rallied in the bottom of the ninth to hand visiting New York Mets their sixth straight loss 2-1.
Donovan Solano singled home Chris Coghlan to tie the game 1-1 before reliever Brandon Lyon uncorked a pitch in the dirt as the Marlins won their third straight.
Mets starter Jeremy Hefner (0-3) allowed only four hits and struck out a career-high eight before leaving after facing three batters in the ninth, taking the tough-luck loss.
Cardinals 2 Reds 1: Matt Holliday hit a two-run homer and Jaime Garcia pitched eight solid innings as hosts St. Louis evened the three-game series.
Choo Shin-soo had an RBI double for the Reds in the fifth before Holliday answered in the sixth. Carlos Beltran recorded three hits and scored a run while Edward Mujica struck out the side in order in the ninth inning as the Cardinals ended their three-game losing streak.
Braves 8 Nationals 1: Tim Hudson earned his 200th career victory and slugged his third career homer, and Freddie Freeman drove in three runs, as hosts Atlanta beat Washington for the ninth consecutive time.
Hudson (3-1) became the 113th pitcher in major-league history to reach 200 victories, allowing one run on three hits in seven innings. He took Washington reliever Zach Duke deep to right leading off the fifth.
Giants 2 Diamondbacks 1: Pablo Sandoval blasted a two-run homer in the ninth off J.J. Putz and visiting San Francisco rallied to win their second straight game against Arizona.
Trevor Cahill needed just 88 pitches to get through eight shutout innings, but was pulled after Angel Pagan led off the ninth with a single. Putz (2-1) replaced Cahill and Sandoval crushed an 0-1 offering into the right field bleachers.
Josh Wilson broke a scoreless tie with a leadoff homer in the eighth inning off Santiago Casilla, spoiling an impressive outing by Giants starter Madison Bumgarner.
Brewers 12 Pirates 8: Rickie Weeks ended a long dry spell with three hits — including a three-run homer — and drove in a career-high five runs as hosts Milwaukee defeated Pittsburgh for the ninth consecutive time.
Weeks recorded his first home run and multi-hit game since April 3 and scored three times for the Brewers, who also saw Jean Segura and Yuniesky Betancourt go deep for the second straight game. Tom Gorzelanny (1-0) pitched a scoreless seventh for his first victory with Milwaukee.
Padres 13 Cubs 7: Yonder Alonso, Carlos Quentin and Nick Hundley each had a home run as visiting San Diego racked up a season-high run total while evening the series at a game apiece.
Jedd Gyorko added a double and two RBIs for the Padres, who have won five of six. Alonso hit a two-run blast during a five-run outburst in the fifth inning, Quentin added a solo shot in the sixth and Hundley delivered a three-run shot onto Waveland Avenue in the eighth.
Dodgers 6 Rockies 2: South Korean rookie Ryu Hyun-jin struck out a career-high 12 in six innings and recorded his first major-league RBI while Hanley Ramirez homered on his Bobblehead Night as host Los Angeles evened the three-game series.
Jerry Hairston Jr. had three hits and an RBI while Ramirez, Matt Kemp, and Nick Punto each had two hits and an RBI for the Dodgers.


Rockets outlast Warriors 98-94, edge closer to NBA Finals

Chris Paul of the Houston Rockets goes up against Quinn Cook #4 of the Golden State Warriors in the fourth quarter of Game Five of the Western Conference Finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center on May 24, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Bob Levey/Getty Images/AFP)
Updated 25 May 2018
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Rockets outlast Warriors 98-94, edge closer to NBA Finals

  • The Rockets head into Game 6 on Saturday night in Oakland one win away from knocking off the defending champions and advancing to the NBA Finals.
  • After Game 6 on Saturday, the Rockets would host Game 7 on Monday if necessary.

HOUSTON, Texas: Eric Gordon came off the bench to score 24 points and his steal on Golden State’s last possession secured a 98-94 victory Thursday night that gave the Houston Rockets a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference finals.
The Rockets head into Game 6 on Saturday night in Oakland one win away from knocking off the defending champions and advancing to the NBA Finals for the first time since winning back-to-back titles in 1994-95.
Chris Paul scored 20 points and James Harden struggled for his 19, but Paul had to leave the game in the final minute with what appeared to be a hamstring injury.
Kevin Durant scored 29 points for the Warriors, who lost in Game 5 of a playoff series for just the second time since 2015.
The Rockets won a second straight defensive struggle between the two potent offenses, leaving the Warriors a loss from missing the NBA Finals for the first time since 2014.
“We had to rely on our defense once again,” Harden said. “Game 4, we weren’t making shots but defensively we were really good. Same thing tonight.”
Draymond Green made a 3-pointer with just over minute left to get Golden State within one. Harden, who was 0 for 11 on 3s, missed his last one with less than 30 seconds left, giving the Warriors the ball back.
Stephen Curry missed a floater and Trevor Ariza grabbed the rebound and was fouled with 10 seconds left. But he made just one of two free throws to give the Warriors another chance.
But Gordon came up with his steal when Green lost control in the lane and added two free throws with 2.4 seconds left to put it away.
Klay Thompson shook off a knee injury that had his status for this game in question to score 23 points and Curry added 22. A bruised left knee kept Andre Iguodala out for the second straight game, and Kevon Looney started in his place.
After losing Game 1 of the series, the Rockets made the best of home-court advantage this time, thrilling a sellout crowd that included Justin Timberlake, Houston Texans star J.J. Watt and rapper Travis Scott.
It’s Houston’s second straight win in the series after snapping Golden State’s NBA playoff-record, 16-game home winning streak with a 95-92 victory on Tuesday night.
Golden State led by one to start the fourth before Paul got going, scoring seven points to power a 10-5 run that gave the Rockets an 81-77 lead with about 9 1/2 minutes left.
Thompson made a 3-pointer after that and then officials reviewed Paul’s first basket of the quarter and ruled he got it off after the shot clock expired, leaving the Warriors ahead 80-79.
The Rockets were clinging to a one-point lead with about seven minutes left when Durant fouled Gordon on a 3-point attempt, losing one of his shoes in the process. Gordon made all three free throws to start a 7-2 spurt that extended the lead to 88-82 midway through the quarter.
The Rockets honored the 10 people killed in last week’s school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, before the game, with the school’s choir singing the national anthem and team owner Tilman Fertitta wearing a “Santa Fe Strong” T-shirt, before Houston scored the game’s first six points in a first half where the team led by as many as 11.

TIP-INS
Warriors: Coach Steve Kerr was unsure Thursday if Iguodala would be able to return for Game 6. “He’s dying to play, but he’s not healthy enough,” Kerr said. “We’ll just continue to take it day to day..”.. Curry made four free throws to tie Rick Barry for most free throws made in the playoffs in franchise history with 378. ... Golden State had 18 turnovers.
Rockets: Clint Capela had 12 points and 14 rebounds for his seventh double-double this postseason. ... Houston made 13 of 43 3-pointers, led by four from Gordon.

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After Game 6 on Saturday, the Rockets would host Game 7 on Monday if necessary.