Braves pull shaky Kimbrel, hold off Mets 7-5 ()

Craig Kimbrel hardly ever needs help with the ninth inning. Jordan Walden nailed down the final out with the bases loaded after Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez pulled his star closer following a shaky performance in a 7-5 win over the New York Mets. Sidelined recently by shoulder discomfort, Kimbrel threw 24 pitches during his first outing in a week. The Braves didn't want him to go any longer, and Gonzalez thought the reliever was rusty.

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Baseball-Highlights of Saturday’s MLB games (Reuters)

(Adds later games) April 19 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Saturday's Major League Baseball games: - - Blue Jays 5, Indians 0 Left-hander Mark Buehrle pitched four-hit ball over seven scoreless innings and catcher Dioner Navarro had two hits and three runs batted in to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to victory over the Cleveland Indians. In the first inning right fielder Jose Bautista singled to right, giving Toronto a 1-0 lead and then was driven home by Navarro to make it 2-0. The Blue Jays extended their lead to 3-0 in the second inning while the Indians threatened to score in each of the first two innings, but Buehrle pitched out of trouble both times, then settled in to dominate the Cleveland lineup over his last five innings.

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Braves relievers hold on for 7-5 win over Mets (The SportsXchange)

NEW YORK -- Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez had to worry about pitch counts again Saturday night - except this time for a closer trying to finish the ninth inning instead of a starter trying to complete a no-hitter. Braves All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel inherited a four-run lead in the ninth inning but was pulled after allowing two runs and leaving the bases loaded for right-hander Jordan Walden, who notched the save by retiring New York Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud on a grounder to short to complete Atlanta's 7-5 win at Citi Field. Gonzalez said Kimbrel, who hadn't pitched since Apr. 12 due to right shoulder soreness, was going to pitch no matter what on Saturday.

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Braves pull Kimbrel, hold off Mets 7-5 (The Associated Press)

Jordan Walden got the final out with the bases loaded after Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez pulled star closer Craig Kimbrel, and the Braves held off the New York Mets 7-5 Saturday night. Freddie Freeman had three hits and hustled his way through a weird play that brought the Braves two runs when the Mets were unable to challenge a costly incorrect call. Ervin Santana pitched seven crisp innings for his second win over New York in three starts with Atlanta.

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Braves 7, Mets 5 (The SportsXchange)

NEW YORK -- Right-hander Ervin Santana threw seven solid innings Saturday night and the Atlanta Braves staved off eighth- and ninth-inning comeback attempts by the New York Mets in a 7-5 win at Citi Field. Santana allowed just one run - scored by the first batter of the game, Mets left fielder Eric Young - on six hits and two walks while striking out seven before the Mets scored two runs on four singles in the eighth off right-hander David Carpenter. But first baseman Lucas Duda's potential go-ahead homer was caught at the right field wall by Jason Heyward and shortstop Ruben Tejada grounded out to second with runners at the corners to end the eighth. Braves left fielder Justin Upton crushed a three-run homer with two outs in the top of the ninth to provide Atlanta with some insurance it needed.

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Pirates activate C Stewart, cut 1B Ishikawa (The Associated Press)

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates have activated catcher Chris Stewart from the 15-day disabled list and cut first baseman Travis Ishikawa.

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Braves’ Harang flirts with no-hitter again (The SportsXchange)

NEW YORK -- In 1,347 starts for the Atlanta Braves, the trio of Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz combined to carry a no-hitter into the seventh inning a grand total of three times. Aaron Harang has now done it twice in four starts. Harang's unlikely career revival continued Friday night, when the right-hander threw seven no-hit innings before Luis Avilan surrendered the New York Mets' only hit of the night in the eighth inning of a 6-0 win at Citi Field. Harang will be the first to admit nobody will ever confuse him with impending Hall of Famers

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Baseball-Highlights of Friday’s MLB games (Reuters)

(Adds late games) April 18 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Fridays' Major League Baseball games: - - Nationals 3, Cardinals 1 Gio Gonzalez pitched seven strong innings and his team mates scored two runs on a wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh as the Washington Nationals beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1. St. Louis starter Michael Wacha (2-1) uncorked the wild pitch that allowed Ian Desmond, the Washington shortstop, to score from third. When Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina threw wildly to Wacha in an attempt to get Desmond, the ball rolled into the St. Louis dugout as Washington second baseman Danny Espinosa, who had been on second, came in to score to make it 3-1.

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The Grand Slam: Giancarlo Stanton delivers walk-off grand slam for Marlins (Big League Stew)

The hottest hitter in baseball struck again on Friday night when Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton connected on yet another impressive home run. Only this time the drama wasn't attached to how far it would go (a more than respectable 407 feet), because it served as a walk-off grand slam that gave Miami an 8-4 victory over the visiting Seattle Mariners . Stanton's slam came immediately after the umpires reversed a critical call at third base. Reed Johnson was originally ruled out on a force play, but the umpires determined third baseman Kyle Seager never controlled the baseball before transferring, which loaded the bases with nobody out. MLB intends on reviewing transfer plays next week, but that won't be soon enough for Seattle. It hampered the Mariners' game plan, which up to that point was to pitch around Stanton when possible. ''We tried to stay away from him all night, because he is the one guy in that lineup that can really hurt you,'' Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said. ''We had no choice there.'' Stanton finished the game 3 for 3 with two walks and five RBI. Through 17 games, he has six home runs and a league-high 26 RBIs. With that in mind, Saturday's game plan may call for avoidance at all costs. It's also worth noting that Stanton previously hit a walk-off grand slam on May 13, 2012 against the New York Mets. AARON HARANG FLIRTS WITH NO-NO:  Aaron Harang was a late addition to the Atlanta Braves roster, signing a one-year contract on March 24 only after the Braves learned that Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy would each require their second Tommy John surgery. On Friday, Harang looked like he belonged all along and nearly entered the history books after tossing seven no-hit innings in the Braves' 6-0 triump over the New York Mets Harang didn't get a chance to pursue history on his own because it wasn't his most efficient outing. Over seven innings, he walked six batters while striking out five. Two of those walks came as he labored through his final inning. He finally got Andrew Brown to swing through a slider low and away on his 121st pitch to escape. Based on the pitch count and the fact Harang's was operating on fumes, Fredi Gonzalez turned to left-hander Luis Avalan without hesitation in the eighth. ''I want him pitching 27 more times,'' Gonzalez said. ''If it was the ninth inning, maybe, think about it.'' ''If I'm through eight, I'm going back out,'' Harang said. Harang didn't make it that far. Neither did the no-hitter. With two outs in the eighth, David Wright singled for New York's only hit. Had the Braves completed the no-hit bid, it would have been their first since Kent Mercker against the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 8, 1994. Mercker was also a part of the Braves' last combined no-hitter, which happened on Sept. 11, 1991 against the San Diego Padres. YANKEES BULLPEN HITS THE WALL: It was bound to happen eventually. The Yankees bullpen has been exceptional despite losing closer David Robertson, putting up nothing but zeros over the last seven games. That all changed on Friday, though, as the Rays offense erupted for eight runs in their final two at-bats to pull out an 11-5 victory . Five different Yankees relievers allowed runs, including Adam Warren and César Cabral, who each allowed three. In fact, Cabral didn't record a single out, hit three batters and was ejected by umpire Joe West. He was designated for assignment following the game. James Loney's two-out, two-run single in the seventh gave Tampa Bay its first lead and was easily the biggest hit in the game. Wil Myers put the icing on the cake with a two-run single in the eighth, breaking his 10-game RBI drought in the process.

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Braves-Mets Preview (The Associated Press)

The Atlanta Braves were expecting veterans Aaron Harang and Ervin Santana to add depth to their injury-riddled rotation. Santana looks to pick up where Harang left off in an impressive series-opening start as the Braves go for a seventh win in eight tries Saturday night. Atlanta (11-5) is without Brandon Beachy and Kris Medlen for the season due to elbow surgery, while Mike Minor is trying to come back from tendinitis in his left shoulder. With the hopes of softening the blow of those absences, the Braves signed Santana (1-0, 0.64 ERA) and Harang to one-year contracts.

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