x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 24 January 2018

Bedard steers Seattle to victory

The Seattle Mariners down the Minnesota Twins 4-2 to win their third consecutive series.

Seattle's Russell Branyan, left, is greeted by teammate Adrian Beltre after hitting a solo home run.
Seattle's Russell Branyan, left, is greeted by teammate Adrian Beltre after hitting a solo home run.

The Seattle Mariners downed the Minnesota Twins 4-2 on Sunday to win their third consecutive series. Pitcher Erik Bedard (5-2) showed he has recovered from shoulder problems that have plagued him over the past two seasons. Jose Lopez had three hits including a homer and drove in two runs. Bedard, who allowed two runs on four hits over five innings, striking out and walking four, was satisfied with the win.

"I felt good out there, even though my pitch count got high too quickly," he said. It was the second consecutive loss for the Twins, and with Detroit chalking up two wins in a row, left them 3 ½ games behind the front-running Tigers in the AL Central. Mark Reynolds hit a three-run homer off infielder Josh Wilson with two outs in the 18th inning Sunday, giving the Arizona Diamondbacks a 9-6 win over the San Diego Padres in the longest major league game this season.

In Los Angeles, Ryan Howard, Carlos Ruiz and Shane Victorino homered as Philadelphia beat Los Angeles to split a four-game series between teams with the top two records in baseball Antonio Bastardo (2-0) allowed two runs and seven hits over five-plus innings. Chipper Jones hit two homers among four hits to help the Atlanta Braves rally past Milwaukee. Ryan Braun hit two two-run homers and Mike Cameron also had a two-run shot.

Rookie Tommy Hanson retired the first 10 Milwaukee batters before giving up seven runs, six earned, in six innings. The Braves trailed 7-5 before scoring three runs in the eighth off Carlos Villanueva (2-4). Brian McCann's pinch-hit double drove in Martin Prado. Nate McLouth added a tying double and scored the go-ahead run on Yunel Escobar's single. In Miami Tim Lincecum pitched a three-hit ball into the eighth to win his fifth consecutive decision as San Francisco beat Florida 3-2.

Ubaldo Jimenez threw eight innings of four-hit ball and Paul Phillips drove in three runs for the Colorado Rockies as they beat the St Louis Cardinals 7-2. Alfonso Soriano led off the 14th inning with a home run to lead the Chicago Cubs to a 6-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds. In Washington, Livan Hernandez allowed four singles in seven innings as the New York Mets got off to a fast start with five runs in the first inning. They went on to secure a 7-0 win.

Matt Kata scored from second base on Miguel Tejada's infield single, snapping a seventh-inning tie in the Houston Astros victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. * Agencies