Jody Gerut, who only had four hits going into the game, hit for the cycle and drove in four runs and Ryan Braun also had four RBIs as the Milwaukee Brewers pounded the Arizona Diamondbacks, 17-3, last night in Phoenix.
Rickie Weeks and Casey McGehee each added three hits and Randy Wolf (3-2) settled down after a rocky first inning to improve to 7-1 at Chase Field. Gerut, starting just his fourth game of the season, hit a solo home run in the second inning, singled in the third, drove in a run with a triple in the fifth, and added a two-run double in the ninth.
Cesar Valdez (1-1) gave up seven runs, six earned, on nine hits in four-plus innings in his second major league start.
Gerut had one hit in his last 18 at-bats coming into yesterday. The cycle was his first and the sixth in Brewers history; Chad Moeller was the last Brewer to do it, April 27, 2004, against Cincinnati.
Mets 5, Giants 4 — Henry Blanco hit a leadoff homer in the 11th inning, New York’s second game-ending drive by a catcher in less than 24 hours, as the Mets beat San Francisco for their ninth straight home win.
Rod Barajas connected in the ninth Friday night to give New York a 6-4 victory. It was the first time the Mets had won consecutive games on game-ending homers since Robin Ventura and Mike Piazza did it July 28-29, 2001, against Philadelphia, according to STATS LLC.
Blanco drove a 1-and-0 pitch from former Mets reliever Guillermo Mota just over the wall in left for his first homer of the season and the first game-ending drive of his career.
Jason Bay and Angel Pagan had two RBIs apiece for the Mets, who haven’t lost at Citi Field since April 21. Hisanori Takahashi (3-1) pitched a perfect 11th for the victory.
Angels 4, Mariners 3 — Hideki Matsui became the ninth Japanese player to reach 1,500 career RBIs when he singled home Bobby Abreu in the top of the 10th inning, and Brian Fuentes got his first save in two weeks as visiting Los Angeles handed Seattle its eighth straight defeat.
Matsui, 35, got his 611th RBI in the major leagues, after having played 10 seasons for Yomiuri in the Japanese Central league. Sadaharu Oh is the leader on Japan’s career RBIs list with 2,170.
Athletics 4, Rays 2 — Ben Sheets scattered four hits over 6 1/3 innings and had a season-high eight strikeouts in his most impressive start of the year as Oakland handed Tampa Bay its second road loss of the season.
Braves 4, Phillies 1 — Eric Hinske’s double ignited a three-run rally in the sixth inning as visiting Atlanta snapped Philadelphia’s four-game winning streak.
Tigers 6, Indians 4 — Miguel Cabrera delivered a two-run single in the seventh off reliever Kerry Wood to lead visiting Detroit to its 10th consecutive win over Cleveland.
Rockies 8, Dodgers 0 — Jhoulys Chacin scattered six hits over 7 1/3 innings and struck out seven in his second stellar start since being inserted into Colorado’s injury-depleted rotation, and the Rockies knocked out knuckleballer Charlie Haeger during a six-run first inning to beat Los Angeles.
Nationals 5, Marlins 4 — Adam Dunn was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the eighth, allowing the go-ahead run to score and lift host Washington over Florida.
White Sox 7, Blue Jays 3 — Jake Peavy pitched eight innings for his second straight victory, Paul Konerko hit his major league-leading 13th homer, and host Chicago snapped Toronto’s six-game win streak.
Pirates 2, Cardinals 0 — Jeff Karstens (1-1) threw six innings of three-hit ball and Jason Jaramillo had three hits to lead host Pittsburgh over St. Louis.
Padres 2, Astros 1 — Jon Garland pitched seven shutout innings to win his fourth straight start, and visiting San Diego handed punchless Houston its 11th loss in 12 games. The Astros are averaging 1.75 runs per game during the skid.
Rangers 3, Royals 2 — Ian Kinsler hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning, lifting host Texas over Kansas City.
Reds 14, Cubs 2 — Joey Votto hit a two-run homer and Jonny Gomes broke the game open with a bases-loaded single in the seventh, leading host Cincinnati over Chicago.