MLB roundup: Uptons hit HRs in 9th to lift Braves

B. J. (left) and Justin Upton get the Gatorade treatment after ninth-inning heroics.
B. J. (left) and Justin Upton get the Gatorade treatment after ninth-inning heroics.

B.J. and Justin Upton never had the nerve to imagine an ending like the one they provided Saturday night — not even after they both moved to the Atlanta Braves this offseason.

One brother homers to tie it in the ninth. The other homers to win it.

‘‘We’d never dreamed of being on the same team, much less coming out here and doing that,’’ B.J. Upton said. ‘‘It’s exciting.’’


B.J. led off the ninth inning with a homer and Justin followed one out later with another long ball off embattled Cubs closer Carlos Marmol to lift the Braves to a 6-5 victory in Atlanta.

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Justin went 3 for 5 with two RBIs. He also homered in the first and has five homers in Atlanta’s first five games.

The Braves rallied from a 5-1 deficit with three runs in the eighth off Kyuji Fujikawa and two in the ninth off Marmol, who blew his second save of the week. Justin Upton’s solo shot in the first inning made it 1-1. He followed with leadoff double in the eighth and scored the first of three Atlanta runs that cut the lead to 5-4.

The Cubs had taken a 5-1 lead on Nate Schierholtz’s RBI single, Anthony Rizzo’s two-run homer, Luis Valbuena’s solo shot, and Wellington Castillo’s RBI single.

The Upton brothers became the 25th tandem of brothers to homer in the same major league game and the first since Adam and Andy LaRoche accomplished the feat for Pittsburgh on June 17, 2009.


Twins 6, Orioles 5 — Justin Morneau singled in the tiebreaking run with two outs in the ninth after an error by Chris Davis, and visiting Minnesota got a home run from Chris Parmalee in a victory over Baltimore.

With the score tied at 5, Baltimore turned to closer Jim Johnson. Davis let a grounder by Aaron Hicks roll through his legs, and after a two-out walk to Josh Willingham, Morneau singled up the middle. It was Johnson’s first loss since last July 27.

Mets 7, Marlins 3 — John Buck drove in four runs and was part of a rare umpire’s call that helped host New York beat Miami.

New York led, 3-2, in the seventh moments before plate umpire Jim Joyce made the unusual call. Juan Pierre was at second base and Greg Dobbs hit a two-out single. Pierre dashed home with the tying run as right fielder Mike Baxter’s throw was wide of Buck at the plate. Pierre scored but then collided with Buck as the catcher tried to throw out Dobbs at second. Joyce immediately called Pierre for interference and ruled Dobbs out, ending the inning.

Angels 8, Rangers 4 — Albert Pujols homered twice to offset another tough day for Josh Hamilton in his second game back in Texas as Los Angeles beat the Rangers.


Pujols hit a two-run shot to center off Matt Harrison in the first and watched Hamilton strike out twice and fly out behind him after taking three intentional walks. The only other time the Rangers let him swing, Pujols homered off reliever Jason Frasor in the sixth.

Tigers 8, Yankees 4 — Miguel Cabrera had four hits and drove in a run in a four-run fifth and host Detroit beat New York.

Max Scherzer gave up four runs in five-plus innings to pick up the win in a shaky start, his first of the season. Phil Hughes allowed four runs — three earned — on eight hits in four-plus innings.

Dodgers 1, Pirates 0 — Clayton Kershaw allowed two hits in seven innings to earn his second straight dominant win and Mark Ellis singled in the game’s only run in the third inning to lead host Los Angeles.

White Sox 4, Mariners 3 — Alex Rios hit a two-run homer off Felix Hernandez in the sixth to lift Chicago past Seattle.

Phillies 4, Royals 3 — Pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen hit a three-run double with two outs in the ninth off closer Greg Holland to lift Philadelphia over Kansas City in front of 39,475, the smallest crowd at Citizens Bank Park in four years.

Athletics 6, Astros 3— Coco Crisp, Jed Lowrie, and Seth Smith homered, and Bartolo Colon went six innings in his return from a 50-game drug suspension as visiting Oakland beat Houston.

Rays 6, Indians 0 — Alex Cobb allowed four hits in 7 innings, Kelly Johnson homered, and host Tampa Bay blanked Cleveland for the second straight night.

Nationals 7, Reds 6 — Shortstop Ian Desmond made two errors that allowed host Cincinnati to take the game to extra innings, but led off the 11th with his first homer of the season to rally Washington.

Rockies 6, Padres 3 — Jon Garland threw six sharp innings in his first appearance in almost two years and Michael Cuddyer drove in four runs, lifting host Colorado.

Cardinals 6, Giants 3 — Carlos Beltran hit a go-ahead two-run single in the fifth and Shelby Miller beat the reigning World Series champs in his second career start, leading St. Louis past host San Francisco.

Diamondbacks 9, Brewers 2 — Jason Kubel, Paul Goldschmidt, and Aaron Hill homered to power visiting Arizona.