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KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Chipper Jones went 3-for-3 to raise his average to .420, Wilkins Ramirez had a tiebreaking two-run double in the seventh inning and the Atlanta Braves beat a Houston Astros split-squad 5-3 Sunday. Jason Michaels was 3-for-3 with two doubles and an RBI for Houston. He is batting .415 in the Grapefruit League. Derek Lowe, who will start the opener for the Braves on March 31 at Washington, allowed seven hits and three runs in 5 1-3 innings. He struck out five and walked one, throwing 95 pitches. Astros starter Nelson Figueroa gave up three runs -- two earned -- over five innings. He allowed six hits, walked one and struck out three. Yankees 8, Phillies 1 CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) -- Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira hit back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning for New York. CC Sabathia held the Phillies to one run, Jimmy Rollins first homer, in 6 2-3 innings. Rodriguezs double off Philadelphia starter Joe Blanton to lead off the second inning extended his spring surge. Rodriguez has hit safely in all 13 games hes played in. Tigers 6, Nationals 1 VIERA, Fla. (AP) -- Justin Verlander pitched six scoreless innings, leading Detroit past Washington in a game in which Magglio Ordonez was scratched from the Tigers lineup because of a sore left hamstring. Verlander allowed six hits, struck out seven and walked one. Nationals starter Tom Gorzelanny went five innings, allowing a two-run homer to Don Kelly in the third inning. Gorzelanny gave up four hits overall and struck out three and walked two. Marlins 5, Mets 0 JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Chris Young pitched six scoreless innings for the Mets and Anibal Sanchez matched him for five for Florida. Young allowed four singles and struck out three. He has allowed three runs in 20 1-3 innings this spring. The Marlins had runners on first and second with no outs twice against Young and could not score. Sanchez was pitching for the first time in 10 days. He skipped a start because of a bruised right lower leg. Sanchez allowed five hits and got some help from his defence. Orioles 9, Rays 8 PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) -- The Orioles Brian Roberts played for the first time in two weeks, going hitless in two at-bats. Nick Greens two-run single with two outs in the ninth gave Baltimore the win after the Orioles bullpen blew a 7-2 lead. Roberts had been sidelined since March 7 with back spasms. He handled second base without problems, including a double play in the fourth inning. Baltimore jumped on Rays starter Jeff Niemann for four runs on eight hits and a walk in six innings. Pirates 3, Astros (ss) 1 Charlie Morton pitched six shutout innings and Ronny Cedeno hit a two-run home for Pittsburgh. Morton gave up four singles and struck out five. Left-hander Ryan Rowland-Smith gave up Cedenos home run in his two innings for Houston. He was followed by rookie Jordan Lyles, who went 3 2-3 innings. Cardinals 10, Red Sox 3 FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- The Cardinals Kyle McClellan won a matchup of No. 5 starters, pitching five shutout innings. McClellan gave up three hits and three walks with two strikeouts. Daisuke Matsuzaka went 5 2-3 innings, allowing two runs on three hits and two walks with four strikeouts. Albert Pujols delvered the big blow, a three-run double off Scott Atchison. Twins 3, Blue Jays 0 DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) -- Jesse Litsch, hoping to lock up a spot in Torontos starting rotation, allowed three hits and struck out seven in 5 1-3 innings. Toronto nicked Scott Baker for a run in the first inning when Jose Bautista doubled down the left field line and scored on Adam Linds single to centre. They were two of three hits Baker allowed in four innings. He struck out five without walking a batter. Mariners 4, Padres 1 PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) -- Erik Bedard pitched five effective innings, Milton Bradley hit a two-run single and Seattle beat San Diego. Ottawas Bedard allowed one run -- Brad Hawpes homer in the second -- and five hits in his longest outing of spring training. He struck out two and walked one. Wade LeBlanc gave up three runs and five hits in six innings for the Padres. The left-hander struck out five and walked one. Dodgers 9, White Sox 7 GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Corey Smith and Jaime Pedroza homered in the eighth inning for the Dodgers. Smith hit a three-run shot to tie the game and Pedroza followed with a two-run homer two batters later to cap the comeback win. Matt Kemp also homered for the Dodgers in the sixth inning. Gordon Beckham hit a three-run blast for Chicago and Carlos Quentin had a home run and two RBIs. Beckham has two homers and six RBIs in his last two games. Indians 5, Diamondbacks (ss) 3 GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) -- Grady Sizemore made two quick outs but wore a big smile. The three-time AL All-Star played for the first time since May. Serving as Clevelands designated hitter, he grounded out to second base and popped out to centre against right-hander Armando Galarraga. Cleveland shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera left with a cramp behind his right knee. Travis Buck had a two-run double and Luis Valbuena hit his fourth homer for the Indians. Galarraga allowed five runs over five innings in his longest outing among five spring appearances. Rangers 5, Royals 2 SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Derek Holland pitched five strong innings to bolster his case for a spot in Texas rotation. Holland allowed an unearned run and five singles, struck out three and walked one. Brett Tomko finished for Texas, yielding one run and four hits. Royals right fielder Jeff Francoeur snapped an 0-for-25 skid with three hits, including a double. Vin Mazzaro gave up two runs and six hits in five innings. Athletics (ss) 6, Giants (ss) 4 SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Brandon McCarthy made a pitch for a spot in Oaklands rotation, taking a shutout into the eighth inning. McCarthy was lifted after giving up hits to Brandon Belt and Ryan Rohlinger to open the eighth. Aubrey Huff hit a three-run homer off Fernando Cabrera, who relieved McCarthy. McCarthy gave up five hits and had good control. He struck out five without walking a batter. Cubs 3, Giants (ss) 2 MESA, Ariz. (AP) -- Randy Wells retired 18 straight batters and Marlon Byrd reached base three times for the Cubs. Wells cruised through six innings after giving up singles to the first two batters of the game, with Emmanuel Burriss stealing second and scoring on Mike Fontenots single. Wells struck out seven. Byrd singled twice and walked and scored on Scott Moores double in the fourth inning. Moore later scored on Bobby Scales RBI single. Rockies 6, Angels 6, 10 innings SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- Troy Tulowitzki homered twice for Colorado. Colorado sent nine sent men to the plate in the first inning and had seven straight hits, including Tulowitzkis three-run homer that gave Colorado a 3-0 lead. Esmil Rogers, in the mix for the No. 5 starter spot, faltered after allowing only two base runners in the first three innings. He yielded Torii Hunters third home run of the spring before leaving with a 6-5 lead. Hunter finished 3-for-4. Angels starter Matt Palmer allowed six runs on 10 hits in four innings. Reds 9, Brewers 8 PHOENIX (AP) -- Edinson Volquez struggled with his control against his opening-day opponent, walking five Brewers on Sunday. Volquez allowed five runs and one hit in 2 1-3 innings, striking out three. The right-hander is scheduled to face Milwaukee at home on March 31 in the opener. Brewers starter Chris Narveson also had a rough day, yielding seven runs and nine hits over 4 1-3 innings against a lineup consisting almost completely of reserves. Diamondbacks (ss) 4, Athletics (ss) 2 PHOENIX (AP) -- Oakland starter Dallas Braden turned in his best performance of the spring. He allowed one run and nine hits in six innings while striking out two and walking none. Barry Enright had another strong start for Arizona, allowing two runs and four hits. He struck out four in five innings. Enright hasnt allowed more than two runs in any of his five starts this spring. Brandon Marshall Authentic Jersey . Top-seeded Tsonga advanced after 2009 champion Marcos Baghdatis retired with a left groin strain in the deciding set, with Tsonga leading 6-4, 4-6, 5-2. Brandon Marshall Jersey . Bryzgalov will not make the trip for Thursdays game at Toronto. Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren says the injury is not serious and Bryzgalov should return to the net this weekend. . Boston College forward John Gaudreau powered the American attack with three power play goals, Riley Barber scored twice and J.T. Miller and Ryan Hartman both added lone markers. Defenceman Seth Jones also added four assists for Team USA. Brandon Marshall Womens Jersey . -- Tiger Woods played so poorly losing his first match, Davis Love III might have been tempted to sit him down Friday afternoon in the Ryder Cup. Brandon Marshall Pink Jersey . The 48th-ranked Briton completes the field for the May 17-20 event at the Finca Cortesin golf course. Casey says the tournaments format suits him, especially since he is out to impress Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal. TAMPA, Fla. -- With time winding down, chants of "sweep, sweep, sweep" reverberated through the building, and the Tampa Bay Lightning kept pushing the Washington Capitals -- all the way out of the NHL playoffs. Sean Bergenheim scored two goals and Dwayne Roloson stopped 33 shots, helping the streaking Lightning complete a series sweep of the top-seeded Capitals with a 5-3 victory in Game 4 on Wednesday night. Playing on consecutive nights for the first time this post-season, the fifth-seeded Lightning extended their winning streak to seven games and advanced to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since their 2004 Stanley Cup championship season. "Were definitely happy, but were not popping champagne or anything," Lightning forward Ryan Malone said. "We know what our goal is and we have to keep going and stay even keel. We havent done anything yet." For Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals it was yet another bitter post-season disappointment. Rookie Michal Neuvirth stopped 32 shots for Washington, but Bergenheim scored twice in eight minutes during the second period to build a 3-1 lead that sent the sellout crowd of 20,835 into celebratory mode long before it was over. "It just seemed like they had an answer for everything that we threw at them," Capitals defenceman Karl Alzner said. "Thats kind of the tough part. We didnt get rewarded for everything that we threw at them." The Lightnings big three of Martin St. Louis, Vincent Lecavalier and Steven Stamkos have elevated their games, but so has Bergenheim, who has a team-leading seven goals through two rounds. St. Louis sixth goal of the playoffs, with 3:08 remaining, finished Tampa Bays scoring. Malone and Marc-Andre Bergeron added goals for the Lightning, who have not lost since dropping into a 3-1 hole against the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round. Bergenheim was eighth on the Lightning with 14 regular-season goals, however hes been much more of an offensive force in ousting the Penguins and Lightning. Its something coach Guy Boucher, who has Tampa Bay in the conference finals in his first season as an NHL coach, has come to expect of the forward. "Every top game, every important game, every game that there is some pressure, he was in it. He was one of our better players," Boucher said. "Some people freeze under pressure, some people fly away, and some people fight. He fights." Marco Sturm, John Erskine and John Carlson scored for the Capitals. Ovechkin had an assist on Sturms goal, but coouldnt find the net with any of five shots at Roloson, the 41-year-old, mid-season acquisition who has been a key factor in Tampa Bays surprising success against Pittsburgh and Washington.dddddddddddd "He was outstanding," Ovechkin said. The Lightning won the first two games in Washington, then pushed the Capitals to the brink of elimination by winning Game 3 in Tampa on Tuesday night. They were expecting the toughest game of the series Wednesday, calling the Capitals a proud team that would not be taken lightly. Washington felt the first three games could have gone either way, with Ovechkin insisting after Game 3 that the series was far from over and that he expected his team to come back and win. "We were hungry and we wanted to win," Ovechkin said. "We wanted to win. They wanted to win. Somebody had to lose. I dont know what to say right now." Malone scored with Ovechkin in the penalty box for charging, giving Tampa Bay a 1-0 lead at 12:37 of the first period. The Lightning have not lost a game in the playoffs in which theyve scored first, however Washington proved again to be resilient after falling behind early. The Capitals tied it late in the first, scoring for only the second time in 17 power-play opportunities in the series. Jason Arnott and Ovechkin assisted on Sturms goal, however Washington couldnt build on the momentum during a second period in which it was outshot 17-10. Bergenheims sixth and seventh goals of the playoffs put the Lightning up 3-1. The Caps tightened it with Erskines unassisted goal at 13:40 of the second, but Roloson answered every challenge after that. "Its very frustrating. I dont think any of us saw this coming down, happening like it did. Probably the last thing that was in our mind, but you have to give them credit," Capitals forward Mike Knuble said. "They played well, and they held their own when they had to. And really, when they got their chances they capitalized. It was pretty amazing how well they could do it." Notes: The Lightning have won eight consecutive post-season games against the Capitals, dating to the first round in 2003. ... Washington D Mike Green, who left during the third period Tuesday night with what the Capitals described as a lower body injury, didnt play in Game 4. ... Tampa Bay LW Simon Gagne and D Pavel Kubina sat out for the third consecutive game because of undisclosed upper body injuries. They are day to day. ... St. Louis, Lecavalier and Kubina are the only players remaining on the Lightning roster from the Stanley Cup championship team. ' ' '
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