Heyward hits RBI single to edge Braves over Mets, 8-7
AP July 16, 2012, 12:09 am TWN
ATLANTA -- Jason Heyward hit an RBI single to cap a three-run rally in the eighth inning as the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets 8-7 in the National League on Saturday for their sixth straight win.
The Braves' comeback prevented a shaky R.A. Dickey from getting his 11th win in a row. Bobby Parnell (2-2) gave up RBI singles with two outs in the eighth to Michael Bourn, Martin Prado and Heyward.
Mets manager Terry Collins was ejected while disputing a call in Atlanta's two-run fifth.
With the score 3-all and Prado on first base with one out, Heyward hit a sinking liner that left fielder Jordany Valdespin charged. Third base umpire Dale Scott, the crew chief, initially ruled Valdespin made a diving catch and Prado, who had reached second, was trapped while retreating for an apparent inning-ending double play.
But after the umpires conferred, they ruled — correctly, as replays showed — that Heyward's ball bounced. The umpires then placed Prado safely on second.
Anthony Varvaro (1-0) pitched the eighth to get the win and Craig Kimbrel finished for his 27th save in 28 chances.
Reds 3, Cardinals 2, 10 Innings At Cincinnati, Ryan Ludwick homered in the 10th inning to lead the Reds to their fifth consecutive victory and back into first place in the NL Central division.
Ludwick, a former Cardinal, got two strikes to start his at-bat against Victor Marte (2-2) and then fouled off three pitches before connecting on his 13th homer of the season.
Sam LeCure (3-2) pitched a perfect 10th inning to get the win.
Yadier Molina homered for St. Louis, which stranded 11 runners.
Cubs 4, Diamondbacks 1 In Chicago, Ryan Dempster matched the Cubs' record with a 33-inning scoreless streak as he pitched six solid frames to lead Chicago past Arizona.
Dempster matched the club shutout streak set by Ken Holtzman in 1969.
Dempster (5-3) allowed four hits and set a career best by winning his fifth straight start. He leads the majors with a 1.86 ERA.
Cubs manager Dale Sveum limited Dempster to 89 pitches in his second start since coming off the disabled list with tightness in his pitching shoulder.
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