Ramirez powers Brewers past Marlins 13-12
AP Thursday, July 5, 2012, 12:36 am TWN
MILWAUKEE -- Aramis Ramirez hit a two-run homer off Heath Bell in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the Milwaukee Brewers to a 13-12 win over the Miami Marlins on Tuesday.
Livan Hernandez (2-1) pitched the 10th and picked up the win. He struck out John Buck, got Scott Cousins to fly out to center, but Jose Reyes connected on a 3-1 pitch and homered into the second tier above the Marlins bullpen in right. Donovan Solano struck out to end the inning.
Bell (2-4) came on in the bottom of the 10th. Carlos Gomez walked. Norichika Aoki sent a 3-2 pitch to the warning track in center, but Cousins caught it.
Ryan Braun, who hit a three-run homer in the sixth, struck out and on the play Carlos Gomez stole second. Ramirez hit a 0-1 pitch off the wall in center. His offense lifted the Brewers, who had blown a seven-run lead.
Pirates 8, Astros 7 At Pittsburgh, Drew Sutton hit a one-out solo homer in the bottom of the ninth as Pittsburgh improved to eight games over .500 for the first time in 20 years with a win over Houston.
Acquired via waivers last week, Sutton homered for the first time since Oct. 3, 2010, lifting the Pirates to their sixth walkoff win of the season, the second via a home run.
The Pirates rallied from deficits of 4-0 and 6-2 to take a 7-6 lead on a Garrett Jones two-run homer in the seventh. But with Houston down to its last strike in the ninth, pinch-hitter Jason Castro drove in Jed Lowrie with a double.
Andrew McCutchen continued his recent torrid pace by going 3 for 4 with a home run, taking over the National League batting lead at .360.
Mets 11, Phillies 1 At New York, Jonathon Niese had a two-run single to back his fine performance on the mound Tuesday as David Wright hit a three-run homer to break open New York's romp over Philadelphia.
Niese (7-3) pitched a season-high eight innings and gave up three hits, one a homer to Carlos Ruiz. His hit in the second inning put New York up for good.
Daniel Murphy finished a homer short of the cycle, doubled twice, drove in four runs and made a leaping catch and diving stop at second base.
Nationals 9, Giants 3 At Washington, All-Star shortstop Ian Desmond hit his 14th home run, as Washington became the latest team to beat up on Tim Lincecum, pounding the struggling right-hander hard early and often.
The opener of the three-game series between first-place teams was barely a contest. Jordan Zimmermann (5-6) pitched a rain-shortened six innings and again enjoyed the generous run support that had evaded him for so long, ensuring the Nationals would wake up on the Fourth of July with a 3-1/2-game cushion over the New York Mets atop the NL East.
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