Braves' Harang throws 121 in win over Mets
AP Sunday, April 20, 2014, 12:25 am TWN
NEW YORK -- Aaron Harang threw no-hit ball for seven innings but was pulled after 121 pitches, and reliever Luis Avilan gave up David Wright's two-out single in the eighth as the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets 6-0 Friday night.
As Harang's pitch count increased on a chilly evening, it seemed doubtful manager Fredi Gonzalez would let him go the distance. Harang worked around six walks, including two in the sixth inning and another pair in the seventh.
Harang (3-1) left for a pinch hitter during a long, four-run eighth. He was never in the on-deck circle — the decision had already been made that he was done.
Jordan Walden completed the combined one-hitter.
The Mets hit few balls hard against the resurgent Harang, who lowered his ERA to an NL-best 0.70 ERA. The closest they came to a hit off the 35-year-old right-hander was actually on a check-swing tapper by Travis d'Arnaud in the second inning.
Jonathan Niese (0-2) took the loss.
Brewers 5, Pirates 3 Kyle Lohse pitched effectively into the seventh inning and Carlos Gomez homered to lead Milwaukee past Pittsburgh.
Lohse (3-1) improved to 11-2 in his career against the Pirates, allowing one earned run in a win against them for the second time in six days.
He fell one out shy of a complete game Sunday at Miller Park. This time, he was charged with three runs — two unearned — and four hits with three walks with five strikeouts.
Gomez homered deep to center to lead off the fifth and added an RBI single an inning later as the Brewers rallied from two runs down.
Charlie Morton (0-2) allowed five runs and eight hits in six innings while losing to Lohse for the second time this week. Russell Martin had two hits and two RBIs for the Pirates, who have lost six of eight.
Reds 4, Cubs 1 Alfredo Simon lowered his ERA to 0.86, and Cincinnati won for the 16th time in its last 17 games at Wrigley Field.
Making his third start, Simon (2-1) allowed an unearned run in six-plus innings and sent the Cubs to their fifth straight loss. Jonathan Broxton pitched a hitless ninth for his second save, completing a six-hitter as the Reds stretched their winning streak to a season-best three.
Jeff Samardzija (0-2) gave up three runs — one earned — and six hits in seven innings with seven strikeouts and two walks.
Diamondbacks 4, Dodgers 2, 12 Innings Aaron Hill hit a two-run single in the 12th inning and Miguel Montero homered to lead Arizona past Los Angeles.
Chris Perez (0-1), beginning his second inning of relief, gave up a leadoff double to A.J. Pollock in the 12th and plunked pinch-hitter Cliff Pennington on the left foot with a pitch as he squared to bunt. Gerardo Parra advanced the runners with a sacrifice bunt, and Hill lined an 0-1 pitch to right-center to break the tie.
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