ST. LOUIS (AP) Michael Morse homered and drove in three runs, Pablo Sandoval homered and scored twice, lifting the San Francisco Giants to a 6-5 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series.
The Giants have won seven of eight and the Cardinals have dropped three of four to start a nine-game home stand.
Gregor Blanco scored from second on Angel Pagan’s single to center off Carlos Martinez (0-3) to tie the score at 4-all in the eighth. Pagan moved to second on Peter Bourjos’ throwing error. After Sandoval was intentionally walked, Morse doubled to deep center to drive in Pagan and Sandoval for a 6-4 lead.
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Javier Lopez (1-0) got two groundouts in relief of Ryan Vogelsong for his first win since Sept. 22, 2013.
METS 4, PHILLIES 1
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Chris Young hit a two-run homer and Zack Wheeler struck out nine in 6 1-3 innings to lead the Mets over the Phillies in the opener of a rare five-game series.
The Mets, who opened an 11-game road trip, matched a season best with their third straight victory while beating the Phillies for the sixth straight time at Citizens Bank Park.
Marlon Byrd homered for the Phillies, who struck out a season-high 15 times.
The series originally was scheduled for four games, but the teams will make up their April 30 rainout on Monday, which originally was a day off for both teams.
Wheeler (2-5) retired eight of the first 10 batters via strikeout.
David Buchanan (1-1) left after giving up four runs – three earned – and seven hits with two strikeouts and walks.
DIAMONDBACKS 4, REDS 0
PHOENIX (AP) – Josh Collmenter faced the minimum in a three-hitter, Aaron Hill homered and had two RBIs and the Diamondbacks beat the light-hitting Reds.
Collmenter (4-2) breezed through his first career complete game, joining Randy Johnson as the only Arizona pitcher to face the minimum 27 batters in a nine-inning game. Johnson did it during his perfect game against Atlanta in 2004.
Hill had three hits, including a solo homer in the sixth inning off Tony Cingrani (2-5). A.J. Pollock had a double, a triple and scored two runs from the leadoff spot for the Diamondbacks, who have won five of seven.
PIRATES 6, DODGERS 3
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Josh Harrison’s second RBI single triggered a three-run seventh inning, Russell Martin and Pedro Alvarez homered and the Pirates won for only the third time in their last 20 games at Dodger Stadium.
Former UCLA star Gerrit Cole (5-3) allowed three runs and six hits over 6 1-3 innings in his first career appearance at Chavez Ravine. The right-hander helped set up two runs with sacrifice bunts.
Jason Grilli got three outs for his sixth save.
Brandon League (1-2) ended a stretch of 16 appearances and 22 innings in which he did not allow an earned run.