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McCann homers twice, Braves beat Astros 3-1 in 11

McCann homers twice, Braves beat Astros 3-1 in 11

Brian McCann leveled the game with a pinch-hit, two-out homer in the ninth inning, then hit a two-run shot in the 11th to lead the Atlanta Braves past the Houston Astros 3-1 on Tuesday.
The Braves were trailing 1-0 and down to their final strike in the ninth when McCann drove a 1-2 pitch the opposite way, the ball just clearing the wall in left-center.
The All-Star catcher stayed in the game behind the plate and two innings later, he ended it with his fourth homer of the season _ a towering drive down the right-field line, just inside the foul pole against Jeff Fulchino (0-2).
Cory Gearrin (1-1) escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the top of the 11th and was rewarded with his first career win.
Rockies 5, Giants 3
At Denver, Carlos Gonzalez's two-run single off Javier Lopez capped a four-run eighth-inning rally as Colorado surged back into first place in the National League West with a win over San Francisco.
Gonzalez, whose three-run homer off Tim Lincecum propelled Colorado past the Giants on Monday night, sent a fastball to right field to snap a 3-3 tie and make a winner of Matt Belisle (4-2), who worked one inning of relief.
Huston Street pitched the ninth for his 14th save in 15 attempts.
Reds 7, Cubs 5
At Cincinnati, reliever Kerry Wood's throwing error let two runs score and Chris Heisey followed with a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the eighth inning that sent Cincinnati over Chicago.
The Cubs self-destructed with four errors in a steady rain. All seven of Cincinnati's runs were unearned.
Wood (1-3) threw wide of third while trying to get a forceout on Ryan Hanigan's sacrifice bunt, allowing the catcher to go all the way to third base while the tying runs scored. Heisey put the Reds ahead and Joey Votto added an RBI double.
The Reds won for the 11th time in 13 games, sweeping the two-game series.


Updated : 2021-08-04 09:12 GMT+08:00