Mets bombard Braves with 14 hits for 7-4 win

Updated 26 July 2013

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.

Juan Antonio Pizzi picks little-known striker in search of more Saudi Arabia firepower

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Juan Antonio Pizzi picks little-known striker in search of more Saudi Arabia firepower

  • Haroun Kamara has only played seven times for his club side
  • Green Falcons to play Algeria and Greece next month

Al-Qadisiyah’s 20-year-old striker Haroun Kamara has been given an opportunity to stake an unlikely claim for a World Cup spot after being surprisingly named in Juan Antonio Pizzi’s squad for a three-week training camp in Spain.
Kamara, who was born in Jeddah to Guinean parents, has only made seven league appearances for lowly Al-Qadisiyah, scoring four goals and claiming two assists, but he has been given the chance to shine in friendlies against Algeria on May 9 and Greece six days later and book a seat on the plane to Russia.
The youngster follows in the footsteps of the likes of Somalian-British Mukhtar Ali and Egyptian Ahmed Al-Fiqi as the Saudi Football Federation look to harness the pool of players born in the Kingdom to expats and increase the depth of the Green Falcons’ squad.
Pizzi has turned to Kamara having struggled to find options in attack. Hazza Al-Hazza and Mujahid Al-Mania, who were both given their debuts over the past six months, have failed to convince upfront, while Mohannad Assiri has just one goal for his country in more than seven years. Mohammed Al-Sahlawi, who has 26 goals in 33 internationals, is favorite to lead the line, but Pizzi needs more options in attack.
In goal, Yasir Al-Mosaileem, Mohammed Al-Owais and Fawaz Al-Qarni retain their place in the squad, while Al-Nassr’s Waleed Abdullah, who featured in the last squad, made way for Al-Hilal’s Abdullah Al-Mayouf. Only three goalkeepers will be selected for the final 23-man squad.
In defense, Ali Al-Bulayhi is in line for a debut, having established himself as a key player at the heart of Al-Hilal defense, while Mohammed Al-Burayk’s performances at right-back for the Blues earned him a recall to the squad for the first time under Pizzi, replacing Hassan Muath.
The three Hawsawis — Osama, Omar and Motaz — retain their places as do full-backs Yasir Al-Shahrani, Mansour Al-Harbi and Saeed Al-Muwallad. The backline is edging closer to taking shape as Mohammed Jahfali, who was first brought into the squad in March’s friendlies against Ukraine and Belgium, looks to have done enough to convince Pizzi to hand him a second opportunity.
There were no real surprises in midfield as the team is boosted by the recovery of two high-profile names. Nawaf Al-Abed makes his long-awaited return to the national team set-up, having suffered an injury in November’s ill-fated Portugal camp under the now departed coach Edgardo Bauza. Al-Abed’s Al-Hilal teammate, Salman Al-Faraj, is also back in the squad after recovering from a three-month injury lay-off.
Spain-based trio Fahad Al-Muwallad, Yahya Al-Shehri and Salem Al-Dawsari miss out due to club commitments.


Saudi Arabia squad for games against Algeria (May 9) and Greece (May 15)

Goalkeepers: Yasir Al-Mosaileem, Mohammed Al-Owais, Fawaz Al-Qarni, Abdullah Al-Mayouf.
Defenders: Osama Hawsawi, Motaz Hawsawi, Omar Hawsawi, Mohammed Jahfal, Ali Al-Bulayhi, Mohammed Al-Burayk, Saeed Al-Muwallad, Yasir Al-Shahrani, Mansour Al-Harbi.
Midfielders: Abdulmalik Al-Khaibari, Abdllah Al-Khaibari, Ibrahim Ghaleb, Abdullah Otayf, Taisir Al-Jassim, Hussein Al-Moqahwi, Salman Al-Faraj, Nawaf Al-Abed, Mohammad Kanno, Mohammed Al-Kuwaikbi, Hattan Bahebri.
Forwards: Mohammed Al-Sahlawi, Mohannad Assiri, Haroun Kamara