Hey, Adam LaRoche and Ross Gload . . . halt!
Soon after the Pirates’ LaRoche became the first player to have a home run taken away following a video replay review, the Marlins’ Gload lost one the same way Wednesday night when umpires reversed their call.
LaRoche wound up with a double for Pittsburgh at PNC Park. Gload’s pinch-hit, two-run homer was finally called foul at Milwaukee and he eventually struck out. Both players had already rounded the bases when umps changed the original call.
“I can laugh those things off now, but if there’s a couple of guys on and we lose by one, it’s huge,” said LaRoche said after the Pirates beat St. Louis 5-2.
Gload’s reversal hurt Florida, which lost 8-6 to Milwaukee.
Major League Baseball started using replay last Aug. 28 to check whether balls were home runs or not. There have been a total of 14 calls reviewed, with four reversals overall. Last year, Carlos Pena and Bengie Molina were awarded homers.
Zimmerman’s streak ends at 30
SAN FRANCISCO – Ryan Zimmerman’s 30-game hitting streak ended right before he could carry it home to Washington, but he has a new appreciation for the greatness of Joe DiMaggio.
“It makes you realize how much better 56 is than 30,” Zimmerman said, referring to the San Francisco native’s record hitting streak in 1941. “That’s a long time. . . . To get a hit every single game, there’s got to be a little bit of luck involved.”
Zimmerman got no luck in the Nationals’ 6-3 victory over the Giants on Wednesday, going 0 for 3 with two walks. He never got the ball out of the infield, grounding into a fielder’s choice on his final chance in the ninth.
Braves 8, Mets 7, 12 innings: In New York, Martin Prado homered in the 12th inning and Atlanta beat New York after wasting three leads. Gary Sheffield tied the score in the eighth with his second home run of the season, No. 501 of his career.
Dodgers 9, Phillies 2: In Philadelphia, Randy Wolf dominated his former team, and the Dodgers’ James Loney homered and drove in four runs.
Cubs 6, Padres 4, 7 1/2 innings: In Chicago, Alfonso Soriano hit his 53rd career leadoff homer and the Cubs beat the Padres in a rain-shortened game. Soriano moved into a tie for second place on the all-time leadoff homers list with Craig Biggio.
Astros 15, Rockies 11: In Denver, Lance Berkman went 4 for 4 and the Astros finished with 24 hits in a victory over the Rockies.
Indians 4, White Sox 0: Cliff Lee outpitched Mark Buehrle, throwing seven innings as Cleveland took two of three games from Chicago.
Yankees 8, Blue Jays 2: In Toronto, Brett Gardner hit his first major league homer and drove in three runs, Andy Pettitte won for the first time in four starts for the Yankees.
Rays 8, Orioles 6: In Baltimore, Willie Aybar hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the sixth inning.
Rangers 6, Mariners 5, 11 innings: In Arlington, Texas, Hank Blalock’s two-run double in the 11th inning rallied the Rangers to a win. Wladimir Balentien’s RBI double in the top of the 11th had given the Mariners a 5-4 lead.
Angels 8, Red Sox 4: In Anaheim, Calif., Matt Palmer overcame a shaky start before retiring the last 19 Boston batters to lead the Angels to a win.
Athletics 7, Royals 2: In Oakland, Calif., Jack Cust’s three-run double broke open a close game and helped Josh Outman win his first game of the season as the Athletics beat the Royals.