Cards stun Brewers; Maddux wins 350th
Eric Gagne no longer wants to be called the Brewers' closer. He's pitching his way out of that role, anyway.
The former NL Cy Young Award winner gave up a 2-run single with two outs in the ninth inning to Ryan Ludwick, and visiting St. Louis held on Saturday for a 5-3 victory over Milwaukee.
"I don't deserve that ninth inning right now. It's pretty simple," Gagne said.
He told reporters he doesn't need a "mental break" like Cardinals counterpart Jason Isringhausen asked for on Friday night.
"I don't need breaks. I need to keep going out there. I need results," said Gagne, who has a major league-leading 5 blown saves along with Isringhausen. "I get myself in a situation, in a jam, every single time I'm out there. You can't pitch like that."
Prince Fielder hit a tying homer in the eighth for Milwaukee, but the slumping Brewers botched a squeeze play later in the inning and lost for the seventh time in eight games.
Gagne (1-2) gave up consecutive singles to start the ninth. After Aaron Miles hit a 15-foot grounder that advanced the runners, Gagne intentionally walked Albert Pujols to load the bases with one out for Rick Ankiel, who fouled out. Ludwick grounded a single just past shortstop J.J. Hardy to give St. Louis a 5-3 lead.
"Every time we get a little momentum, I come out there and kill that rally," Gagne said.
Padres 3, Rockies 2: Greg Maddux became the ninth pitcher in big-league history to win 350 games, reaching the plateau in his fifth try and leading San Diego to a win over visiting Colorado.
With Adrian Gonzalez hitting a 3-run homer and the Padres ending a mini losing streak, Maddux held the Rockies to an unearned run -- set up by his own throwing error -- and 3 hits over 6 innings.
The 42-year-old Maddux (3-3) improved to 350-217 in 23 big league seasons. It's another milestone to go along with his 4 NL Cy Young Awards, 1 World Series championship and a record 17 Gold Glove Awards.
Mets 12-1, Reds 6-7: Bronson Arroyo pitched 8 dominant innings to win a matchup of struggling pitchers and Jeff Keppinger had a career-high 5 hits to lift Cincinnati over host New York 7-1 in the nightcap of a day-night doubleheader.
In the opener, a 12-6 Mets victory, Carlos Beltran hit a bases-loaded triple and drove in 5 runs to back Johan Santana's first home win for the Mets. Carlos Delgado and Brian Schneider hit back-to-back homers.
Pirates 5, Braves 2: Tom Gorzelanny shook off Mark Teixeira's 2-run homer in the first inning to shut out visiting Atlanta during the rest of his 7½ innings, and Jason Bay homered to lead Pittsburgh past the struggling Braves.
Marlins 11, Nationals 0: Dan Uggla drove in 5 runs and Andrew Miller allowed just 2 hits in 7 innings as visiting Florida rolled past Washington for its sixth straight win.
Giants 8, Phillies 2:ŒRandy Winn hit his first home run of the year, Aaron Rowand connected against his former club for the second time in just more than a week and the host Giants ended a season-worst five-game skid with a win over Philadelphia.
Indians 12, Blue Jays 0: With fans taking home a Grady Sizemore souvenir blanket, Cleveland's center fielder offered up a few more souvenirs by sending a pair of baseballs into the seats for good measure. He homered twice and drove in 5 runs to support Aaron Laffey's sharp pitching in a romp over Toronto that sent the visiting Blue Jays to their fourth straight loss.
Sizemore had 3 hits, including a leadoff homer in a 6-run first inning against Dustin McGowan (2-3).
"It's exciting to start a game that way, but all homers feel good, I guess," Sizemore said.
Yankees 5, Tigers 2: Derek Jeter hit his first homer of the season and Darrell Rasner (2-0) pitched well as visiting New York ended a six-game losing streak to Detroit.
Jeter's homer ended a career-long drought of 128 at-bats to start a season.
"I could really care less," he said with a smile. "I'm just kidding. I wanted at least one."
Red Sox 5, Twins 2: Boston got an unexpected power surge from the bottom of their lineup to help Daisuke Matsuzaka (6-0) remain undefeated in a victory over host Minnesota. Coco Crisp and Jed Lowrie hit back-to-back homers to lead off the seventh inning.
Rays 2, Angels 0: Scott Kazmir pitched 6 scoreless innings and Tampa Bay beat visiting Los Angeles to hand Joe Saunders (6-1) his first loss of the season.
Rangers 6, Athletics 4:ŒMilton Bradley homered and drove in 3 runs as host Texas beat Oakland for its fifth straight win despite having a shutout streak end at 33 innings.
Orioles 6, Royals 5: Kevin Millar hit a 3-run homer and finished with 3 hits to help visiting Baltimore edge Kansas City on a rainy night.