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Goldschmidt homers in 9th; Diamondbacks beats Marlins


June 20. 2013 12:22AM
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PHILADELPHIA — Ian Desmond hit a grand slam in the 11th inning and the Washington Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-2 Wednesday night, avoiding a three-game sweep.


Jayson Werth’s RBI single with two outs in the ninth tied it off Jonathan Papelbon, who blew a save for the second time in three nights after starting the season 13 for 13.


Starters Kyle Kendrick and Gio Gonzalez both were outstanding, but wound up with no-decisions.


Diamondbacks 3, Marlins 2


PHOENIX — Paul Goldschmidt hit a leadoff home run in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Arizona Diamondbacks ended a four-game losing streak, beating the Miami Marlins.


Goldschmidt’s drive bounced high off the batter’s backdrop in deep center field. His 17th homer of the season was his second in as many nights, and the second game-ending home run of his career.


Martin Prado also homered for the Diamondbacks.


Giants 4, Padres 2


SAN FRANCISCO — Gregor Blanco had a pinch hit, two-run triple in the seventh inning, leading the San Francisco Giants to a victory over the San Diego Padres.


Brandon Belt and Marco Scutaro also drove in runs as the Giants won their second straight following a three-game slide. Scutaro and Hunter Pence each had two hits.


Will Venable and Jesus Guzman each hit home runs for the Padres, who have lost two straight after a seven-game winning streak.


Braves 5, Mets 3


ATLANTA — Chris Johnson homered for the first time in more than a month, Kris Medlen overcame a defensive blunder and the Atlanta Braves bounced back from a doubleheader sweep, beating the New York Mets.


Johnson hit a three-run homer in the fourth, his first time going deep since May 13. Jordan Schafer put the Braves ahead to stay with some gutsy baserunning in the fifth, scoring on a wild pitch that didn’t even roll off the dirt around home plate.


Cardinals 4, Cubs 1


ST. LOUIS — Yadier Molina hit his fifth home run and Jake Westbrook pitched seven innings of two-hit ball in the St. Louis Cardinals’ victory over the Chicago Cubs 4-1.


Westbrook (3-2) worked around trouble almost the entire night in his second start since coming off the disabled list with a sore elbow. He gave up no earned runs, striking out two and walking three.


Edward Mujica pitched a perfect ninth inning for his 21st save in 21 attempts.


Edwin Jackson (3-9) was pulled after he hit Jon Jay following Molina’s blast to left field. He pitched 5 1-3 innings, allowing four earned runs on six hits. He struck out one and walked two.




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