- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - Noah Syndergaard brought his 100 mph heat and struck out 10, Curtis Granderson homered on Max Scherzer’s first pitch, and the New York Mets beat the Washington Nationals 2-0 Tuesday night to stop a four-game skid.

Daniel Murphy returned to Citi Field with a major league-best .400 batting average and drew two early standing ovations, then got booed. The former Mets postseason star got one of five hits Syndergaard (4-2) gave up in seven innings.

Michael Conforto also homered as the Mets sent the NL East leaders to their third straight loss. Jeurys Familia worked the ninth for his 13th save in as many chances.

Scherzer (4-3) also struck out 10 in his first start since fanning a record-tying 20 against Detroit in his last outing.

Scherzer allowed just three hits in 6 1/3 innings but two of them left the ballpark.


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Khris Davis hit a game-ending grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning for his third homer of the night, giving Oakland a victory over Texas.

Ian Desmond hit a two-run homer off Ryan Madson (2-0) in the top of the ninth to put Texas ahead 5-4, but Davis and the A’s weren’t done.

Pinch-hitter Stephen Vogt reached on an infield single and went to third on Coco Crisp’s double. Two outs and an intentional walk later, Davis launched a drive to left field off Shawn Tolleson (0-2), handing the Rangers’ closer his fourth blown save.

With his excited teammates waiting at home plate, Davis stopped along the third base line and mimicked a pull-up jumper with his helmet as if he were Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry next door in the NBA playoffs.

It was the first three-homer game for Davis, who matched his career high with six RBIs.


LOS ANGELES (AP) - Clayton Kershaw improved to 4-0 in May, Joc Pederson hit two solo homers and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Angels in the Freeway Series.

Kershaw (6-1) allowed one run and four hits in eight innings, struck out 11 and walked none. The left-hander retired his final 13 batters in lowering his ERA to 1.67.

Kenley Jansen retired the side in the ninth for his 14th save.

Jered Weaver (3-3) gave up four runs - three earned - and 10 hits in seven innings, struck out two and walked two in his first start against the Dodgers since May 29, 2013.


SAN DIEGO (AP) - Madison Bumgarner threw a five-hitter and struck out 11 for his first complete game this season and Brandon Crawford homered and drove in all five runs to lead NL West-leading San Francisco to a victory against San Diego.

The benches cleared after Bumgarner struck out Wil Myers to end the third. Bumgarner stared at Myers as he walked off the field, and the two exchanged words. They had to be separated, but no punches were thrown. Bumgarner and Myers, the Padres’ first baseman, appeared to laugh off their differences when the pitcher walked leading off the ninth.

Bumgarner (5-2) came within three outs of a shutout before allowing Matt Kemp’s homer off the third deck of the Western Metal Supply Co. building in the left field corner, his 10th.

Colin Rea (3-2) allowed three runs and four hits in five innings, struck out three and walked two.


CHICAGO (AP) - Evan Gattis celebrated his return to the majors with a two-run homer in the 11th inning that lifted Houston over Chicago.

Astros rookie Tyler White hit a pair of solo shots for his first multihomer game and capped a three-hit night with a double.

Gattis, who returned from Double-A Corpus Christi earlier in the day, lined an 0-2 pitch from reliever Matt Albers (1-3) into the left-field bullpen for his second homer this season.

Pat Neshek (1-0) pitched a scoreless inning for the win. Tony Sipp allowed Adam Eaton’s RBI double in the 11th before earning his first save.


PHOENIX (AP) - Zack Greinke pitched effectively into the eighth inning and Arizona clinched its first regular-season series over New York.

Arizona blew out the Yankees 12-2 in the series opener and withstood a late rally Tuesday to win a regular-season series against the Bronx Bombers for the first time in six tries.

Jake Lamb hit a two-run homer off Michael Pineda (1-5) and the Diamondbacks, who beat New York in the 2001 World Series, had 10 hits.

Greinke (4-3) looked the part of an ace the Diamondbacks were expecting after signing him to a six-year, $175 million contract, striking out seven before appearing to tire late.

Starlin Castro homered for New York.


MILWAUKEE (AP) - Chase Anderson took a no-hitter into the eighth inning and finished with 8 2/3 strong innings to lift Milwaukee over Chicago.

The Cubs entered averaging 5.94 runs per game, but Anderson (2-5) stopped them almost cold to snap a personal five-game skid.

Ben Zobrist ended Anderson’s no-hit bid with a double on the first pitch of the eighth.

Anderson was perfect through 5 1/3 innings before walking Miguel Montero on a 3-2 pitch.

Jason Heyward and Kris Bryant spoiled Anderson’s shutout with solo homers in the ninth.

Cubs fans joined the hometown crowd with a standing ovation while Anderson walked off the field.

Jeremy Jeffress got the final out for his 11th save.

Hendricks (2-3) allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings.


ST. LOUIS (AP) - Chad Bettis took a shutout into the seventh inning and drove in a run to lead Colorado to a victory.

Nolan Arrenado and Dustin Garneau had RBI singles, and Bettis added a run-scoring grounder as the Rockies got their season-high fifth straight win and won for only the fifth time in 22 games at Busch Stadium since 2010.

Bettis (4-2) didn’t give up a hit until Jeremy Hazelbaker beat out an infield single leading off the fifth. The right-hander allowed five singles in 6 2/3 innings, walking two and striking out four.

Jaime Garcia (3-3) allowed three runs and five singles with four walks in five innings for St. Louis.


PITTSBURGH (AP) - Gregory Polanco doubled three times and Pittsburgh ruined Brian Snitker’s debut as interim manager of Atlanta.

John Jaso, Andrew McCutchen and Francisco Cervelli had three hits each for the Pirates, who led by nine runs early then held on after an extended rally by the Braves. Juan Nicasio (4-3) survived five innings to pick up the win thanks in large part to Pittsburgh’s season-high 21 hits. Mark Melancon worked the ninth for his 13th save.

Mallex Smith hit two homers for the Braves, playing hours after manager Fredi Gonzalez was fired after five-plus seasons with Atlanta languishing in last place in the NL East. Rookie Aaron Blair (0-3) failed to make it out of the second inning as the Braves fell to a major-league worst 9-29.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Paulo Orlando hit a two-run homer, Eric Hosmer also went deep and Kansas City beat hot-hitting Boston.

Orlando also tripled and had a two-run single. Omar Infante and Alcides Escobar drove in runs as Kansas City continued to slowly break out of its season-long offensive funk.

Yordano Ventura (4-2), who has struggled with walks all season, issued one free pass in 5 2/3 innings for Kansas City. He allowed four runs and seven hits before exiting with a one-run lead.

Rick Porcello (6-2) gave up five runs, four earned, on eight hits and two walks for Boston.


BALTIMORE (AP) - Nelson Cruz homered and drove in five runs, Kyle Seager hit a three-run drive and Seattle cruised past Baltimore.

Robinson Cano had three hits, two RBIs and scored three runs for the Mariners, who repeatedly circled the bases on a wet, chilly night at Camden Yards.

Wade Miley (4-2) allowed two hits and walked three in six sharp innings.

Baltimore starter Ubaldo Jimenez (2-4) allowed six runs and five hits in 4 1/3 innings

The Orioles managed only two hits.


TORONTO (AP) - Chris Archer pitched six innings to win his third straight decision, Brad Miller had three hits and three RBIs and Tampa Bay routed Toronto again.

Logan Morrison had two hits and two RBIs for the Rays, who beat Toronto 13-2 on Monday night. Tampa Bay has scored in each of the first three innings in back-to-back games for the first time in team history.

Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman (4-1) allowed a career-worst 13 hits in 5 2/3 innings, and the slumping Blue Jays lost their fourth straight.

Archer (3-4) allowed two runs and four hits.


CLEVELAND (AP) - Rajai Davis had three hits, drove in three runs and scored four, and Cleveland benefited from four straight bases-loaded walks from reliever Steve Delabar to rout Cincinnati.

Jason Kipnis, Carlos Santana and Mike Napoli each had two RBIs, and Francisco Lindor and Lonnie Chisenhall had three hits apiece.

Danny Salazar (4-2) gave up one run and five hits in 7 1/3 innings, struck out eight and walked one. He retired 16 straight batters after Jay Bruce’s one-out single in the second.

Alfredo Simon (1-4) allowed a career-high 10 runs and 14 hits - one shy of his most - in 4 1/3 innings.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Tommy Joseph hit his first major league homer as part of three-hit game to lead Philadelphia.

Six Phillies pitchers combined to strike out 17 Marlins.

Joseph hit a solo shot in the second inning off Marlins starter Wei-Yin Chen (3-2) and hit cleanup in just third big-league game.

Vince Velasquez (5-1) struck out 10 in five innings, his highest total since he fanned 16 San Diego Padres in an April 14 shutout. Velasquez has not pitched out of the seventh inning since that game and was lifted against the Marlins after 103 pitches.


DETROIT (AP) - Ian Kinsler and J.D. Martinez hit consecutive homers during a seven-run seventh inning, and Detroit beat Minnesota as Tigers manager Brad Ausmus served a one-game suspension.

Jose Iglesias hit a tiebreaking two-run single for the Tigers, who have won three straight after losing 11 of their previous 12. Ausmus was suspended one game for his tirade Monday, when he was ejected during Detroit’s 10-8 win, but since their manager’s frustration boiled over, the Tigers have enjoyed mostly positive developments on the field.

Minnesota’s Phil Hughes took a shutout into the seventh but was lifted after allowing Miguel Cabrera’s triple and Victor Martinez’s sacrifice fly. The Twins needed three relievers to get the final two outs of the inning as Detroit broke through in a big way.

Kyle Ryan (1-1) got the win in relief, and Michael Tonkin (1-2) took the loss.

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