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Last Update on April 19, 2015 05:35 GMT

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Carlos Martinez pitched six strong innings and Jason Heyward hit his first home run for St. Louis, leading the Cardinals over the Cincinnati Reds 5-2 Saturday for their fourth straight win.

Matt Carpenter drove in a pair of runs as the NL Central champion Cardinals kept winning after a 3-3 start.

Zack Cozart homered for the Reds, who have lost three in a row and six of seven. Cincinnati speedster Billy Hamilton left in the eighth inning after beating out an infield single.

Martinez (1-0) gave up one run on three hits, striking out four and walking two.

Trevor Rosenthal picked up his fourth save in as many opportunities. He struck out Joey Votto with two on to end the game.

Homer Bailey (0-1) surrendered five runs and nine hits over 5 2-3 innings. He made his first start after beginning the season on the disabled list while recovering from surgery on a torn flexor tendon.

National Sports News

Last Update on April 19, 2015 22:31 GMT


UNDATED (AP) -- In a match-up worthy of a conference final, the Clippers host the defending NBA champ Spurs in the opener of their first-round playoff series tonight.

Los Angeles and San Antonio finished with two of the NBA's top six regular-season records, and they both steamrolled into the playoffs. The Clippers won 14 of their final 15 games, while the Spurs had won 11 straight before losing their season finale, which dropped them to the sixth seed in the Western Conference.

The two teams split four regular-season games with each winning once on the road.

Portland opens at home against Memphis, after being dominated by the Grizzles in the regular season. Memphis won all four meetings, holding the Trail Blazers to 91.3 points per game.

LeBron James continues his quest to lead his hometown Cavaliers to its first championship, when Cleveland hosts the opener against Boston. The two teams split four games during the regular season, but both of Boston's wins came late in the regular season, when Cleveland's playoff position was already locked up.

Atlanta hosts a Brooklyn team they mastered in the regular season. The Hawks won all four meetings convincingly. Atlanta led by at least 14 in every game, once by as much as 39. Brooklyn never led any of the four games by more than eight points.


UNDATED (AP) -- Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EHN'-ehs SEHS'-peh-dehs) hit a grand slam and a two-run homer to back the pitching of Shane Greene in Detroit's 9-1 win over the White Sox.

It was the first major league grand slam for Cespedes, and both his home runs came off Jose Quintana. Cespedes is now 6 for 8 with four home runs against Quintana (1-1) for his career.

Greene improved to 3-0 with seven strong innings. He allowed his first earned run of the season on an RBI triple by Jose Abreu.

Detroit is 10-2 to start the season.

Elsewhere in the majors;

-- Matt Harvey won his third straight start to begin his comeback from Tommy John surgery as the Mets held off Miami 7-6 for their eighth consecutive victory. But it was a costly win for the Mets, who lost catcher Travis d'Arnaud to a broken right hand and reliever Jerry Blevins to a fractured forearm. Blevins took a line drive off his pitching arm, and d'Arnaud was hit by a pitch.

-- Jonny Gomes drove in four runs to lead Atlanta to a 5-2 win over Toronto. Gomes hit a three-run double in the first off rookie Daniel Norris (1-1) and added a sacrifice fly in the third as the Braves took two of three from Toronto. Shelby Miller kept the Blue Jays scoreless before Russell Martin's two-out, two-run double in the sixth. He gave up two runs and five hits in six innings, raising his ERA from 0.90 to 1.69.

-- Stephen Strasburg allowed a run in 7 1/3 innings to help Washington top Philadelphia 4-1. Strasburg improved to 1-1, allowing five hits as Washington took three of four from Philadelphia. Ryan Zimmerman drove in two runs for the Nationals.

-- Gerrit Cole pitched six effective innings to key Pittsbugh's 5-2 win over the slumping Brewers. He improved to 9-1 in his last 10 decisions at PNC Park, giving up two runs and striking out six. Milwaukee dropped its fifth straight game and fell to 2-10, the poorest record in the majors.


UNDATED (AP) -- John Tavares scored just 15 seconds into overtime to give the Islanders a 2-1 win over Washington and a 2-1 lead in their NHL first round playoff series. It was the first playoff overtime goal for the Islanders since May 14, 1993.

Tavares beat Washington goalie Braden Holtby from a tough angle for the game-winner.

The Islanders dominated the first two periods with a 33-13 shots advantage, but only had a goal from Kyle Okposo to show for it. The Capitals came on strong in the third period and finally broke through against Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak (hah-LAHK') on Nicklas Backstrom's goal with just over six minutes left.

Rookie Scott Darling started in the nets for Chicago against Nashville this afternoon in Game 3 of their playoff series. He got the call over veteran Corey Crawford, who was relieved by Darling in the opener after giving up three goals on 12 shots. Darling then stopped all 42 shots he faces in Chicago's double-overtime win. Crawford was also between the pipes in Nashville's 6-2 Game 2 win.

Ottawa is switching goalies in an effort to get back into its series against Montreal. The Senators go with Craig Anderson at home over stalwart Andrew Hammond after Ottawa lost the opening two games of the series. Anderson has played only four times since Jan. 21, going 1-2-1.

When Calgary hosts Vancouver tonight, It will be interesting to see if there is any carry over from the end of Game 2 when a major melee the final minutes that resulted in 132 penalty minutes. The series is tied at 1-all.


BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) -- Rain is delaying NASCAR's Sprint Cup race at Bristol. The race got underway a hour, 18 minutes late due to the weather but only 23 laps were completed before the skies opened again. During the brief bit of racing, Brad Keselowski spun into Penske teammate Joey Logano, heavily damaging both cars.


LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- Helio Castroneves (EHL'-ee-oh kas-troh-NAY'-vehs) starts from the pole today in IndyCar's Grand Prix of Long Beach. Juan Pablo Montoya gives Team Penske the first two spots for in the 80-mile race through the streets of downtown Long Beach.


SAKHIR, Bahrain (AP) -- Defending champion Lewis Hamilton has won the Bahrain Grand Prix from the pole position to strengthen his overall lead in the Formula One standings. It is his third win in four races this season and 36th of his career. Kimi Raikkonen (KEE'-mee RAY'-koh-nehn) finished second, followed by Nico Rosberg.


HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) -- Jim Furyk (FYOOR'-ihk) and Kevin Kisner are in a playoff for the title at the RBC Heritage. Both finished regulation at 18 under par. Furyk closed with an 8-under 63, while Kisner shot 64 in the final round.


DULUTH, Ga. (AP) -- Olin Browne has won the Greater Gwinnett Championship after constant rain forced the cancellation of the final round. It's Browne's first Champions Tour win in four years.

The 57-year-old Browne set the tournament record with a second-round 64 to take the lead at 12 under. Bernhard Langer then matched the record to move into second place, one shot back.

This is the first Champions Tour event to be shortened to 36 holes since the 2011 Insperity Championship in Houston.


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