Duda’s RBI single in 7th leads Mets past Phillies

Rod Barajas hit a two-run homer off Washington closer Henry

Rodriguez with two outs in the ninth to lift the Pittsburgh Pirates

to a 5-4 victory on Tuesday night.

The veteran catcher, mired in a season-long slump, drilled a

shot down the left field line that sailed a few rows into the seats

for his first home run and RBIs of the year.

The Nationals went ahead 4-3 after Adam LaRoche’s two-run blast

in the top of the ninth off Pittsburgh closer Joel Hanrahan.

Alex Presley singled with one out in the bottom of the ninth off

Rodriguez (1-2) and moved to third on a pair of wild pitches before

Barajas broke through.

Tony Watson (2-0) earned the victory after replacing

Hanrahan.

METS 7, PHILLIES 4

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Lucas Duda had a tiebreaking, two-out RBI

single in the seventh and the New York Mets took advantage of

Philadelphia’s defensive blunder.

Duda and David Wright had two hits and two RBIs each to help the

Mets win their fourth straight.

Hunter Pence homered for the Phillies, who have lost four of

five.

The Mets took the lead in the seventh with four two-out runs on

four hits, including Duda’s single to right off left-hander Antonio

Bastardo (1-2) that drove in Wright with the go-ahead run.

Manny Acosta (1-2) didn’t allow a run or hit in two-thirds of an

inning in the sixth in relief of starter Miguel Batista.

ASTROS 3, MARLINS 2

HOUSTON (AP) – Pinch-hitter Brian Bogusevic hit an eighth-inning

RBI double and Houston ended Miami’s season-long seven-game winning

streak.

The game was tied at 2-2 when Travis Buck singled with two outs

before Bogusevic’s hit off Ryan Webb (1-1) to the corner of left

field, which a leaping Logan Morrison just missed, sent Buck

home.

The Astros had tied the game when two errors on one play by Omar

Infante allowed two runs to score in the sixth inning.

Infante had a solo homer in the fourth and Buck added one in the

fifth to give Miami the 2-0 lead, but they managed just two hits

the rest of the way.

Wilton Lopez (3-0) allowed one hit in the eighth for the win and

Brett Myers pitched a scoreless ninth for his eighth save.

Jon Rauch got the last three outs in his first save opportunity

of the season.