MLB: Doumit, Upton spur Atlanta to win

May 21, 2014 - 4:18:09 am
Brewers’ Carlos Gomez (left) loses his batting helmet while swinging through a pitch from Atlanta Braves’ relief pitcher David Hale in the seventh inning of their MLB baseball game at Turner Field in Atlanta yesterday.  

ATLANTA:  Pinch hitter Ryan Doumit and left fielder Justin Upton hit eighth-inning home runs to highlight the Braves’ biggest offensive output since April 14, and Atlanta earned a 9-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.

Atlanta tallied 15 hits, its first time in double digits since April 25, and won its second consecutive game. It was the most runs scored by the Braves since a 9-6 win over the Philadelphia Phillies more than a month ago.

The run support helped Mike Minor (2-2) win his second consecutive start as the left-hander allowed two runs on five hits over 6 2/3 innings, striking out five and walking two.

The Braves took a 4-3 lead into the bottom of the eighth when they found their power starting when Doumit lifted his 100th career home run and first of the season into the left field seats.

Michael Brantley’s home run with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning lifted the Cleveland Indians to a 5-4, walk-off victory over the Detroit Tigers.

The win snapped Cleveland’s four-game losing streak and Detroit’s six game winning streak. The Tigers also saw their 11-game road winning streak end. Right-hander Al Alburquerque (1-1) retired the first two batters of the 10th inning, but Brantley, Cleveland’s left fielder, lined a pitch over the right field wall for his ninth home run.

Detroit tied the game with a dramatic home run to JD  Martinez in the ninth inning.

Shortstop Alexei Ramirez hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs as the Chicago White Sox rallied to beat the Kansas City Royals 7-6.

The White Sox rallied from a five-run deficit in the first inning. 

This was their biggest come-from-behind victory this season against any team.

While Ramirez’s home run in the third started the comeback, designated hitter Paul Konerko’s two-run blast in the fifth put them ahead.  Left fielder Dayan Viciedo homered to lead off the White Sox fourth. After starter Scott Carroll yielded six runs on nine hits, three walks and a hit batter in four innings, Sox relievers shut down the Royals the final five innings.REUTERS  

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