Nationals, Marlins move to top of NL East
AP Friday, May 9, 2014, 12:01 am TWN
ATLANTA -- Washington and Miami both won on Wednesday to leapfrog sliding Atlanta and take the joint lead in the National League East division.
Washington's Stephen Strasburg worked his way through early trouble to pitch the Nationals to a win over the Los Angeles Dodgers and Miami scored the only run of the game in the bottom of the ninth to edge the New York Mets, while Colorado moved into a virtual tie with the Dodgers atop the NL West by beating Texas.
Washington's 3-2 win over the Dodgers was delayed by over 1-1/2 hours by rain, and when it eventually began, Strasburg (3-2) did what he's done all season: struggled to get the first three outs, then became dominant.
This time, he gave up four consecutive singles, leading to two runs, during a 28-pitch first inning.
Then Strasburg got into a groove, while his teammates scored three runs off former Nationals pitcher Dan Haren (4-1).
Miami completed a three-game sweep of the Mets with a 1-0 win, but had to wait until late.
Giancarlo Staton singled — only the third hit for the Marlins — to start the ninth against Carlos Torres (2-1). Casey McGehee walked and Stanton moved to third base on a flyout.
New York changed pitcher, bringing in Kyle Farnsworth, and Marcell Ozuna, who had struck out in his previous three at-bats, hit a fly ball to center field. Juan Lagares' throw to home plate was slightly off-line, and the ball skipped away from catcher Anthony Recker as a sliding Stanton reached out for home plate and scored the winning run.
Colorado again dominated Texas, winning 9-2, to join the Dodgers atop the NL West.
Nolan Arenado had three hits to extend his hitting streak to 27 games, matching Colorado's team record set by Michael Cuddyer last year.
Carlos Gonzalez homered for the Rockies, who have outscored Texas 29-5 in three games this week. The Rockies won 8-2 and 12-1 at home with a combined 34 hits before the teams shifted to Texas for two games.
St. Louis' Adam Wainwright pitched eight strong innings to lead the Cardinals to a 7-1 win at Atlanta.
Wainwright (6-2) bounced back from his worst start of the season, surrendering six runs to the Chicago Cubs, and restricted the Braves to a single run while throwing six strikeouts. He also contributed at the plate, leading off the third with a double and coming around to score.
Matt Holliday broke the game open with a two-out, two-run single in the fourth inning, while Peter Bourjos homered for the Cardinals.
Oakland's fill-in starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz threw five scoreless innings for only his second win in his past 20 starts, giving the Athletics a 2-0 win in the second game of a double-header after Seattle won the first.
Pomeranz (2-1) was sharp in his first major league start since last July, allowing two hits and no walks, helping the A's end a run of six-straight home defeats. Yoenis Cespedes homered for the hosts.
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