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Nate McLouth continued his career rebirth with the Baltimore Orioles, taking Vidal Nuno deep for a game-ending home run in a 3-2 victory against the New York Yankees to snap a six-game losing streak Tuesday night.
McLouth, an All-Star and Gold Glove winner with the Pirates in a breakthrough 2008 season, wandered around in decline during the following seasons until the Orioles picked him up as a free agent in June 2012. McLouth helped the surprising O's reach the playoffs, and has kept on helping in 2013 via a stat line of .277/.365/.423, with three homers and a league-leading 13 stolen bases coming into Tuesday. Make it four homers. After blowing three straight saves, Jim Johnson picked up the victory in relief and former Yankees outfielder Chris Dickerson hit two solo home runs.
Kung fu grip: After a killer triple by San Francisco's Gregor Blanco turned the tables on Washington in the ninth, slugger Pablo Sandoval turned the lights out in the 10th with his eighth home run, a mammoth shot to center, sending the Giants to an unlikely 4-2 victory. As Giants broadcaster Duane Kuiper said, "He put both cheeks into that one."
Walkoff this way:
The Atlanta Braves didn't walk off with a home run, but Evan Gattis tied the score with two outs in the ninth with his second pinch-hit homer in four days. In the 10th, the Minnesota Twins walked off the field in sadness after Freddie Freeman blooped a two-out single to score Jason Heyward and produce a 5-4 victory.
However, as Paul Newberry of the Associated Press wrote, Gattis coming through against Glen Perkins was the talk of the clubhouse:
Walk, don't run: Wilin Rosario of the Colorado Rockies wants to know where his walkoff love is at? He delivered a game-ending single against Matt Reynolds and the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 10th. Rox win 5-4.
Tigers 5, Indians 1: Kind of a big win for the Tigers, even though it's May, because they stopped Cleveland's five-game winning streak and moved a little closer to first place. Detroit's Max Scherzer was perfect after the first inning, retiring 22 straight before saying good-night.
Brewers 5, Dodgers 2: Carlos Gomez and Matthew Lucroy spoiled the homecoming, so to speak, of Zack Greinke. Hey, he called Wisconsin his home for 1 1/2 years — it counts! Greinke had racked up 15 victories without a loss inside of Miller Park. Eventually, that bratwurst gets ya'.
Athletics 1, Rangers 0: Peep this: Dan Straily outpitched Yu Darvish. The margin was a home run by Yoenis Cespedes.
White Sox 3, Red Sox 1: Left-hander Jose Quintana got on a roll, man, taking a no-hitter into the seventh. The difference was a two-run Jeff Keppinger. First a walk, now this.
Rays 4, Blue Jays 3: Fernando Rodney of the Crooked Cap Club straightened himself out to save it for Alex Cobb.
Phillies 7, Marlins 3: Nice games by Ryan Howard and Delmon Young, but Chase Utley and Carlos Ruiz are hurt, so keep on dog paddling!
Reds 4, Mets 0: Mike Leake didn't get a complete game but pitched well, and David Wright made a key error he probably thought should have been ruled a hit. Mets!
Cardinals 10, Padres 2: Daniel Descalso hit a grand slam and Adam Wainwright finally earned a victory at Petco Park. Waino's lone holdout: Citi Field.
Royals 7, Astros 3: Rather than picking someone else from the Third Baseman Tree, manager Ned Yost stuck with Mike Moustakas, and he rewarded the Kansas City Royals with a tying RBI single in the eighth to break an 0-for-18 streak at the plate. The Royals stopped a four-game losing streak themselves and got back to .500.
Pirates 5, Cubs 4: How about a pinch-hit grand slam by Travis Snider? OK!
''One hit is not going to ... completely turn anything around, but it's a big hit in a big situation and it gives me a lot of confidence going into tomorrow. Everybody had confidence in me.''
— Mike Moustakas
• Right-hander Samuel Deduno, a World Baseball Classic star for the Dominican Republic, gets the start for the Twins on Wednesday.
• Indians bearded closer Chris Perez deactivated his Twitter account after two poor outings and harsh comments from followers. He'll be back.
• The White Sox scratched left-hander Chris Sale from his scheduled start Wednesday due to mild discomfort in his shoulder.
With the Los Angeles Dodgers in last place in the NL West with a 17-25 record and a 4-11 record thus far in May, speculation is rising to new levels that manager Don Mattingly might soon be out of a job.
Ken Rosenthal at Fox Sports wrote a column Sunday with the ominous headline, "Ax soon to fall for LA's Mattingly," citing a scout and his own baseball instincts.
The Dodgers, however, are denying that. The Los Angeles Times reports the team has "no plans" to fire Mattingly "when the team returns home Thursday or any time before then." That comes from an unnamed club official, spoken with Sunday night after the Dodgers lost to the Atlanta Braves 5-2, completing a three-game weekend sweep.
It's funny, though, because when was the last time you heard, "Oh, yes, we DO have plans to fire our manager and we're going to do it on Wednesday?" Having "no plans" could mean they just don't have the press conference scheduled yet. Or haven't gotten around to ordering the "goodbye" cake.
Here's more from Bill Shaikin of the Times:
There has been some thought about whether the Dodgers should dismiss Trey Hillman, the bench coach picked by Mattingly. It is uncertain whether removing a coach would be considered the best solution at this point, or whether the Dodgers' plans would change if the team does not fare well in a series that starts Monday in Milwaukee.
So, in essence, Don Mattingly isn't on the hot seat ... but he is totally on the hot seat. Should we start a what-day-will-he-get-fired pool? I'll take May 27.
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Jose Constanza extended his hitting streak, Edward Salcedo and Ian Thomas stayed hot, and Josh Elander had a big day.
Evan Gattis hit a solo shot to tie the game with two outs in the ninth, and Freddie Freeman won it for Atlanta with a walkoff single in the bottom of the tenth.
Teheran's approach on the mound has really improved over his past few starts, and it was evident on Monday night.
Jose Constanze extended his hitting streak to 17 games, Joey Terdoslavich had a big doubleheader, Gus Schlosser continued to pitch well, Jose Peraza stayed hot, and Rafael Briceno had a gem of a start.
Dan Uggla hit a towering home run in the first inning and Julio Teheran tossed 8.1 innings of stellar baseball as Atlanta defeated Minnesota 5-1.
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