Brewers beat Cardinals in extra innings, again
AP Thursday, May 1, 2014, 12:03 am TWN
ST. LOUIS -- Milwaukee beat St. Louis in extra innings for the second-straight night on Tuesday, with Lyle Overbay's 11th inning single delivering a 5-4 win that lifted the Brewers a remarkable 6-1/2 games clear atop the National League Central after playing only 27 games.
Among other games, Oakland also beat its nearest division rival in Texas to open a two-game lead, Miami shut out Atlanta with Jose Fernandez in commanding form, and San Francisco's pitching was just as dominant in a shutout win over San Diego.
Milwaukee's Khris Davis, who hit the go-ahead triple that won the game on Monday, started the winning comeback this time with a leadoff double in the 11th off Kevin Siegrist (0-1), and Overbay drove him home for the winner.
The Brewers are a major league-best 20-7, two more victories than the previous franchise best for the opening month, and 11-1 on the road.
Carlos Gomez homered and pitcher Kyle Lohse had a two-run single for Milwaukee, which shrugged off the absence of four regular starters and improved to 4-1 in extra-inning games while the Cardinals are 0-3.
Oakland's Derek Norris drove in three runs with a pair of doubles to help the Athletics win 9-3 at Texas.
The A's went ahead to stay on Norris' two-run double in the first inning off Martin Perez (4-1), who had pitched 26 consecutive scoreless innings over his previous three starts.
Oakland starter Scott Kazmir (4-0) tied for the American League lead in wins. He needed 95 pitches to labor through five innings, but left with a 9-3 lead.
Miami starter Jose Fernandez pitched eight scoreless innings as the Marlins opened a homestand with a 9-0 win over Atlanta.
Fernandez (4-1) was dominant against the NL East leaders for the second time in a week, lowering his season ERA to 1.59. He struck out eight.
Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run homer for the Marlins.
San Franciso's Angel Pagan hit a leadoff homer to set the Giants on their way to a 6-0 win over San Diego.
Buster Posey connected two batters later to give the hosts and ideal start.
Giants' starter Yusmeiro Petit (2-1) went six innings — not giving up a hit until the fourth — as he filled in for Matt Cain who dropped a knife in the clubhouse kitchen before the game and cut open a finger as he tried to catch it.
New York's Jonathon Niese pitched seven steady innings on a rainy night to steer the Mets to a 6-1 win over Philadelphia.
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