- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - Neil Walker hit his ninth home run, tying for the major league lead, Matt Harvey won his second straight start and the New York Mets beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-2 Wednesday night to stretch their winning streak to six.

Walker’s third-inning homer off Jon Moscot (0-2) extended the Mets’ lead to 3-1 and tied the team record for home runs in April.

Harvey (2-3) gave up two runs and seven hits in six innings, striking out a season-high seven, and Addison Reed pitched a perfect ninth for his first save.

WHITE SOX 4, BLUE JAYS 0

TORONTO (AP) - Dioner Navarro hit a go-ahead, two-run triple in the seventh, helping Chicago win its sixth straight.

Jose Quintana (3-1) struck out a season-high 10 in six innings for Chicago, which leads the major leagues with five shutouts and is 10 games above .500 for the first time since Sept. 25, 2012. Quintana allowed five hits and walked three.

Marco Estrada (1-2) gave up one hit through six innings but was knocked out in the seventh.

TIGERS 9, ATHLETICS 4

DETROIT (AP) - Justin Verlander (3-2) allowed three runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings, and J.D. and Victor Martinez both homered.

Sonny Gray (3-2) lasted only two innings in the shortest start of his big league career. He gave up four runs, two hits and four walks, throwing 65 pitches. Detroit had lost seven of its previous nine, scoring more than three runs only once in the prior seven games.

ORIOLES 3, RAYS 1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Joey Rickard hit a three-run home run and Chris Tillman (2-1) tied his career high with nine strikeouts, giving up two hits in 6 2/3 scoreless innings to beat Tampa Bay for the second time this season.

Rickard homered in the fifth against Matt Moore (1-2), who allowed three runs and three hits in seven innings with nine strikeouts. He has lost two straight starts after going unbeaten in seven in a row dating to last season.

Zach Britton finished for his fifth save.

RED SOX 9, BRAVES 4

BOSTON (AP) - Dustin Pedroia had a grand slam and a solo homer, and David Ortiz had three doubles to pass Red Sox greats Ted Williams and Jimmie Foxx on the career extra-base hits with 1,119 as Boston won its fourth straight.

Freddie Freeman homered end the Braves’ homerless streak at 15 games, the longest since the 1946 Boston Braves went 16 in a row.

Knuckleballer Steven Wright (2-2) allowed two runs - one earned - and three hits in seven innings.

Bud Norris (1-4) got just four outs, giving up six runs and seven hits.

PHILLIES 3, NATIONALS 0

WASHINGTON (AP) - Jeremy Hellickson (2-1) allowed two hits over seven innings and struck out eight, and Jeanmar Gomez pitched a perfect ninth for his sixth save.

Gio Gonzalez (1-1) fell behind on Darin Ruf’s sacrifice fly in the sixth. The Phillies made it 2-0 an inning later with an unearned run on a throwing error by third baseman Anthony Rendon, and Carlos Ruiz homered off Sammy Solis in the eighth.

GIANTS 13, PADRES 9

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Brandon Belt was a homer short of the cycle and drove in five runs, Hunter Pence drove in a pair on three hits and San Francisco completed a three-game sweep.

Jeff Samardzija (3-1) allowed a season-high five runs in 5 2/3 innings and snapped a tie with a two-run single for the Giants, who won their fifth in six games.

Andrew Cashner (1-2) gave up six runs - three earned - four hits and four walks in 2 2/3 innings.


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