Roundup: Valdespin, Mets slam Dodgers

Mets’ Jordany Valdespin takes his victory lap around the bases after his grand slam lifted New York past Los Angeles in the 10th.
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Mets’ Jordany Valdespin takes his victory lap around the bases after his grand slam lifted New York past Los Angeles in the 10th.

Jordany Valdespin hit a grand slam in the 10th inning and the Mets rallied past the Los Angeles Dodgers, 7-3, Wednesday night in New York to save early sensation Matt Harvey from his first loss of the season.

David Wright tied it with a two-out single in the ninth off Los Angeles closer Brandon League, handed his first blown save in six chances.

Matt Kemp hit his first homer of the year and drove in three runs as the Dodgers grabbed a 3-1 lead against Harvey. The budding Mets ace pitched pretty well, though, and was bailed out when his teammates rallied late.


Pinch hitter Mike Baxter hustled for a leadoff double in the ninth when his sinking liner to left glanced off the wrist of a sliding Carl Crawford. Baxter advanced on Ruben Tejada’s sacrifice, and League had a chance to get out of it after third baseman Jerry Hairston Jr. crashed into the railing to make a spectacular catch on Daniel Murphy’s foul popup.

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Wright, however, lined the next pitch to right-center for his first hit of the night.

John Buck led off the 10th with a single against Josh Wall (0-1), and Ike Davis walked on four pitches. Both runners moved up on Marlon Byrd’s sacrifice, and Lucas Duda was intentionally walked to load the bases.

Reds 1, Cubs 0 — Mat Latos retired the first 10 batters and 15 of the first 16 he faced and mostly spared an overworked bullpen, and Todd Frazier hit a long home run as host Cincinnati defeated Chicago.

With one out in the sixth inning of a scoreless tie, Frazier blasted a 2-and-1 pitch from Jeff Samardzija 480 feet to straightaway center field.


Rays 3, Yankees 0 — Alex Cobb scattered three hits over 8 innings, Ben Zobrist drove in two runs, and Tampa Bay shut out New York in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Cobb (3-1) gave up only two hits through the eighth — Eduardo Nunez’s second-inning single and an infield single by Jayson Nix in the sixth. The right­hander was replaced by Fernando Rodney after giving up a one-out single in the ninth to Brett Gardner.

Rockies 6, Braves 5 — Wilin Rosario scored from second on Yorvit Torrealba’s single to left and Colorado rallied to beat Atlanta in 12 innings in Denver.

Diamondbacks 3, Giants 2 — Pinch hitter Will Nieves delivered a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning to lift visiting Arizona.

Pirates 5, Phillies 3 — Pinch hitter Brandon Inge hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the eighth inning and Pittsburgh rallied to victory in Philadelphia.


Cardinals 4, Nationals 2 — Yadier Molina hit a two-run single off Stephen Strasburg during a three-run first inning, and visiting St. Louis completed a sweep and gave Washington’s All-Star ace the only four-start losing streak of his young career.

Padres 2, Brewers 1 — Edinson Volquez threw seven strong innings and Carlos Quentin hit his first home run of the season, helping host San Diego snap Milwaukee’s nine-game winning streak.

Rangers 11, Angels 3 — Nelson Cruz’s three-run homer capped a nine-run fourth inning as Texas routed host Los Angeles.

Blue Jays 6, Orioles 5 — Jim Johnson walked Maicer Izturis with the bases loaded in the 11th to force in the tiebreaking run, and Toronto averted a three-game sweep and ended host Baltimore’s run of consecutive extra-inning victories at 17.

White Sox 3, Indians 2 — Alex Rios hit a two-run homer and host Chicago beat Cleveland to stop a four-game losing streak.

Astros 10, Mariners 3 — Chris Carter, Ronny Cedeno, and Brandon Laird homered, Lucas Harrell pitched seven innings, and Houston beat visiting Seattle.

Tigers 7, Royals 5 — Jose Valverde returned to Detroit with a save and Victor Martinez drove in a pair of runs to help the host beat Kansas City.