Mets bombard Braves with 14 hits for 7-4 win

Updated 26 July 2013
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Mets bombard Braves with 14 hits for 7-4 win

NEW YORK: David Wright highlighted a three-run sixth inning with a controversial RBI triple as the New York Mets pounded out 14 hits in a 7-4 victory against Atlanta.
The Mets had a one-run lead when Wright stepped in and drove a 1-2 slider to the left-center field warning track where the ball appeared to hit a gate behind an advertisement in front of a standing-room only section.
Atlanta center fielder Reed Johnson and left fielder Evan Gattis did not chasee the ball, believing it was going to be a ground-rule double. But umpires ruled it a triple and Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez engaged in a brief argument before being ejected by third base umpire Chad Fairchild.

Nationals 9 Pirates 7: Bryce Harper hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Washington Nationals survived a meltdown and beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-7 to end a six-game losing streak.
Harper crushed a 1-1 pitch from Bryan Morris (4-4) into the left-center seats for his first career walk-off homer, saving the Nats from extra innings and a potentially crushing defeat.
Pittsburgh rallied for four runs in the ninth inning, with Josh Harrison delivering a two-strike, two-out, two-run single off Washington rookie Ian Krol.

White Sox 7 Tigers 4: After being shut down in three straight games by the starting pitchers of the Detroit Tigers, the Chicago White Sox finally caught a break.
They staved off a four-game sweep at the hands of the American League Central’s top team by roughing up Tigers ace Justin Verlander in a 7-4 win, the second time this month the Sox knocked around the hard-throwing right-hander.
Tyler Flowers went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs and Alexei Ramirez also went 2-for-4 with two RBIs to lead the Sox (40-59).

Yankees 2 Rangers 0: New York starter Hiroki Kuroda out-dueled Texas left-hander Derek Holland and the Yankees defeated the Rangers 2-0.
The Yankees (54-48) prevented Texas from taking back-to-back series against the club for the first time since 1993.
Texas (56-46), shut out for the sixth time this year, fell to 3 1/2 games back in the American League West race, their largest deficit in the division since 2010.

Padres 10 Brewers 8: Carlos Quentin and Jesus Guzman each hit home runs as the San Diego Padres held off the Milwaukee Brewers for a 10-8 victory.
The Padres belted out eight hits against Milwaukee starter Yovani Gallardo (8-9), who never found his rhythm and lasted just 3 2/3 innings, giving up six runs.

Marlins 5 Rockies 3: The Miami Marlins may be going nowhere in the standings, but they played exceedingly well against the Colorado Rockies, winning for the third time in a four-game series with a 5-3 victory.
The game was scoreless as the teams sat through a 1-hour, 33 minute rain delay in the seventh inning before the Marlins scored a run in the eighth on a wild pitch and added four in the ninth.

Blue Jays 4 Astros 0: Left-hander Mark Buehrle shut out the Houston Astros on two hits and Maicer Izturis drove in two runs as the Toronto Blue Jays snapped a seven-game losing streak with 4-0 victory.
In ending the Blue Jays’ longest losing skid of the season, Buehrle (6-7) had a season-high nine strikeouts — his highest total since 2005 when he had 12 in a game — and walked two.
He recorded the ninth shutout and 29th complete game of his career.
Jose Reyes had three hits for the Blue Jays, who won for the first time since to All-Star break.

Cardinals 3 Phillies 1: Lance Lynn bounced back from back-to-back losses to throw seven solid innings and St. Louis finished a sweep of the slumping Philadelphia Phillies with a 3-1 win at sold-out Busch Stadium.
Lynn (12-5) yielded five hits and one run, walking four and fanning six while moving within one of the National League lead in wins.
He retired nine of his last 10 batters before turning it over to the bullpen.
It was the 13th win in 18 games for the Cardinals (62-37), all against sub-.500 teams, and allowed them to expand their NL Central lead over the Pittsburgh Pirates to 2 1/2 games.


Afghanistan can beat any Test side in the world, claims all-rounder Mohammad Nabi

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Afghanistan can beat any Test side in the world, claims all-rounder Mohammad Nabi

  • Maiden Test win give Afghans confidence they can take on anyone.
  • Mohammad Nabi praises spin kings after win over the Irish.

LONDON: Mohammad Nabi has claimed that on their day Afghanistan can beat any Test side in the world.
The veteran all-rounder was speaking after helping his side claim their first Test win — a seven-wicket victory over Ireland — in just their second ever Test. Afghanistan, who lost the debut Test to India in just two days last year, joined an elite list of cricketing nations after winning their second five-day game.
Australia won their debut Test in 1877 and England and Pakistan won in their second Test outing.
That has Nabi dreaming that this is just the start for Afghanistan, s long as the batsmen give the bowling attack enough runs to defend on a consistent basis.
“It’s a very historic day for whole of Afghanistan,” the 34-year-old said. “Especially for those guys who bring cricket from zero to the Test cricket. We played two games and we won one.
“When you win then teams will tell you to come and play with them. Nobody plays a weak team. They might think that Afghanistan is weak but not so much that we can’t fight them.
“We have the world’s best spinners and we try to concentrate on our batting line-up. If we can put up a good score on board then we are confident of beating any team in the world.”
While a case of being able to beat any team in the world might be tough to make, it is hard to overstate the significance of the win against Ireland. As with the Irish Nabi’s team only achieved Test status two years ago, they only played their first ODI in 2009 and the confidence and class is clearly oozing throughout the squad.
Rahmat Shah top-scored with 76 and Ihsanullah Janat hit an unbeaten 65 to lead Afghanistan’s successful chase of 147 in the opening session of day four against Ireland in Dehradun in India.
Shah, who hit his second fifty of the match after making 98 in Afghanistan’s first innings score of 314, and Janat put on a match-winning stand of 139 for the second wicket.
Star leg-spinner Rashid Khan also played a key role in his team’s historic triumph after returning career-best figures of five for 82 to bowl out Ireland for 288 in their second innings.
Khan along with fellow spinners Nabi and Waqar Salamkheil accounted for 14 of the 20 Irish wickets to fall during the one-off match between the minnows.
Since overcoming the odds to compete in the 2010 World T20 in England, the Afghan team has managed to qualify for all the major international tournaments and they now await their second appearance in the upcoming 50-over World Cup.
But Nabi insisted a Test win is always special.
“Every format is different. Test has a different flavour to it. We played a lot of T20 and one-day matches and won but Test win was first,” Nabi said.”The way our guys performed in batting and bowling, the kind of comebacks that we did.... It shows we are ready for Test cricket.”