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Mets prevail in dramatic ninth Inning

Curtis Granderson #3 of the New York Mets rounds the bases after hitting a walk off home run in the ninth inning against Pedro Baez #52 of the Los Angeles Dodgers as the Mets win the game 6-5 at Citi Field on May 27, 2016 in New York City. (May 27, 2016 - Source: Al Bello/Getty Images North America)

A walk-off home run from RF Curtis Granderson lifts the New York Mets (28-19) over the Los Angeles Dodgers (25-24) 6-5 in the opener of their three-game series.

Los Angeles’ SP Julio Urias had a rough MLB debut, giving up three runs in the first inning. With two outs, SS Asdrubal Cabrera scored on an RBI-double from 2B Neil Walker and CF Juan Lagares’ single drove in LF Yoenis Cespedes and Neil Walker to give the Mets an early 3-0 lead.

The Dodgers cut the deficit to two runs in the third inning. RF Yasiel Puig drew a leadoff walk and advanced to third base on a single from C Yasmani Grandal. Julio Urias attempted a bunt and reached base on a fielding error by SP Jacob deGrom.

With the bases loaded, 2B Chase Utley hit a sacrifice flyball to center field and Yasiel Puig came home for Los Angeles’ only run of the inning.

Julio Urias’ struggles continued in the bottom of the third inning. With two outs, he gave up a hit to Juan Lagares and back-to-back walks to C Kevin Plawecki and 1B Eric Campbell to load the bases. Manager Dave Roberts saw enough and replaced the 19-year old with RP Chris Hatcher, who retired the side.

Julio Urias surrendered 5 hits, 4 walks and 3 earned runs, resulting in a 10.13 ERA and a 3.38 WHIP. He struck out three batters.

Solo home runs from 3B David Wright in the fourth inning and Juan Lagares in the fifth gave the Mets a 5-1 lead. It was Lagares’ first long ball of the season.

New York’s manager Terry Collins used CL Jeurys Familia in the top of the ninth inning to secure the win but the Mets blew their four-run lead.

1B Adrian Gonzalez, LF Howie Kendrick and Yasiel Puig hit singles to load the bases with one out. Yasmani Grandal followed with a walk and Adrian Gonzalez came home for Los Angeles’ second run of the game.

With two outs, Chase Utley came to the plate. He doubled to right center field and drove in three runs to tie the game. Los Angeles’ celebrations, however, did not last long.

Curtis Granderson, New York’s first batter in the bottom of the ninth, hit a walk-off home run and the Mets got away with the win.

SP Jacob deGrom pitched 7 innings, allowing 3 hits, 3 walks and 1 earned run while striking out 7. He lowered his ERA and WHIP to 2.81 and 1.19, respectively.

Juan Lagares went 3-for-4 with 1 run, 1 HR and 3 RBI. He is now batting .300 on the season and has 5 runs, 1 HR and 5 RBI.

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Giants need Extra Innings to sweep Padres

San Francisco Giants' Brandon Crawford, right, is greeted by teammates after hitting the game-winning single off San Diego Padres relief pitcher Brad Hand during the 10th inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 25, 2016, in San Francisco. San Francisco won 4-3. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

The San Francisco Giants need 10 innings as they beat the San Diego Padres 4-3 to sweep their series.

The Giants scored the first run of the game in the second inning. SS Brandon Crawford hit a one-out single and advanced to third base on a groundout by RF Jarrett Parker. The Padres could have had an easy double play to end the inning if they hadn’t lined up in the shift on this play and left third base unattended.

LF Kelby Tomlinson followed with a single and drove in Brandon Crawford for an early score.

San Francisco doubled the lead in the sixth inning. CF Gregor Blanco hit a leadoff triple and came home after a one-out single by 3B Matt Duffy.

The Padres cut the deficit to one in the top of the seventh inning. 1B Brett Wallace doubled with one out and crossed home plate on a two-out single from SS Alexei Ramirez.

The Giants restored their two-run lead in the bottom of the frame. C Trevor Brown hit a one-out single and CF Denard Span, who replaced Jarrett Parker in outfield, drove him home with a double to deep center field.

San Diego tied the game in the eighth inning. Christian Bethancourt came into the game as pinch hitter and drew a leadoff walk. With one out, 3B Yangervis Solarte hammered the ball 409 ft. just over the wall to tie the game at three runs apiece.

Matt Duffy singled in the tenth inning with one out. He went on to move to second base on a wild pitch from RP Brad Hand with two outs. Brandon Crawford followed with a single to deep center field and batted in Matt Duffy for the game-winning run.

San Diego’s SP James Shields pitched 6 innings, allowing 5 hits, 1 walk and 2 earned runs while striking out 6. He now has a 3.06 ERA with a 1.30 WHIP on the season.

San Francisco’s SP Jake Peavy worked 6.2 innings, giving up 6 hits, 1 walk and 1 earned run while fanning 4. His ERA and WHIP improved to 7.26 and 1.78, respectively.

The San Diego Padres (19-29) continue their road trip with a three-game series at the Arizona Diamondbacks (21-26) from Friday to Sunday.

The San Francisco Giants (30-19) will travel to the Colorado Rockies (21-23) to play a three-game series from Friday through Sunday.

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Astros beat Orioles in Extra Innings

Carlos Correa #1 of the Houston Astros celebrates his game winnig single in the thirteenth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Minute Maid Park on May 24, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (May 24, 2016 - Source: Bob Levey/Getty Images North America)

The Houston Astros (18-28) need 13 innings as they beat the Baltimore Orioles (26-17) 3-2 in the opener of their three-game series.

Baltimore opened the scoring in the fifth inning. DH Pedro Alvarez hit a leadoff home run to give the Orioles a 1-0 lead. It was his third long ball of the season.

The Astros responded with a two-run homer in the bottom of the frame. DH Evan Gattis was the runner at third when 1B Luis Valbuena launched a two-run homer to right field with two outs.

SS Manny Machado tied the game for the Orioles in the sixth inning. He blasted the ball 410 ft. to left field for his 13th home run of the season.

Houston’s CF Colby Rasmus was ejected in the seventh inning for arguing a called strike.

Effective bullpens on both sides sent the game deep into extra innings. It took until the 13th inning for the Astros to break the tie.

RP Dylan Bundy came into the game to pitch for the Orioles. He allowed a leadoff triple to LF Tony Kemp and issued back-to-back intentional walks to RF George Springer and 2B Jose Altuve to load the bases.

SS Carlos Correa made the most of the opportunity and singled to center field, enabling Tony Kemp to come home for the game-winning run.

Baltimore’s SP Chris Tillman pitched 7 innings, allowing 3 hits, 3 walks and 2 earned runs while striking out 5. He now has a 2.61 ERA on the season with a 1.13 WHIP.

Houston’s SP Doug Fister worked 5.2 innings, giving up 3 hits, 3 walks and 2 earned runs while fanning 3. He posts a 4.12 ERA with a 1.26 WHIP this year.

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