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. Justin Upton hit a three-run homer to continue another strong April, Ervin Santana earned his third win and the Atlanta Braves held off the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 on Friday night. Kimbrel gave up a leadoff single to Roger Bernadina and walked Zack Cozart to open the ninth. Kimbrel struck out Brayan Pena and Chris Heisey before earning his seventh save on Joey Vottos groundout. Freeman made a long stretch at first base for Chris Johnsons throw from third base on Heiseys groundball. Reds manager Bryan Price challenged first base umpire Vic Carapazzas ruling that Freemans foot remained on the bag. The call was confirmed, ending the game. "Freddie did a terrific job staying on the bag," said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez. He acknowledged he was nervous about the challenge before seeing the replay on the video board "and I felt kind of relaxed." Price said that when looking across the field he thought he saw "a huge gap" between Freemans foot and the bag. He said he agreed with the confirmed out call after seeing the replay. "I had a chance to come up here and look at our own video, which is what theyre getting in New York, and it was a confirmed out call," Price said. "They got the call right in the end, which is what were looking for." Two Cincinnati players left the game with injuries. Third baseman Todd Frazier was pulled in the fifth with tightness in his left leg. Catcher Devin Mesoraco strained his left hamstring and stumbled after rounding third base in the seventh, before limping across home plate. Price said he was protecting Frazier, who had previous tightness in his groin. Santana (3-0) gave up four runs on nine hits in 6 2-3 innings. Following singles by B.J. Upton and Freddie Freeman off Homer Bailey (1-2) in the first inning, Justin Upton hit his team-leading sixth homer. He leads the team with 15 RBIs. "Weve seen him do this before and carry us for a while," Gonzalez said. In 2013, Justin Upton led the majors with 12 homers in April, becoming the fastest player in Braves franchise history to reach the mark. He has hit 35 homers in April for his career, his highest total for any month. "Im just getting it going," said Upton, who is hitting .296 and leads the team with 15 RBIs. Freeman had three hits for Atlanta to shake a mini-slump. B.J. Upton, who was hitting .205, had one hit in his first game wearing prescription glasses. "Well see how the glasses work and if Ill keep them," he said. "I could see the ball better on both sides of the plate. It was good tonight." Bailey allowed five runs on nine hits in six innings. He allowed at least four earned runs for the fourth time in five starts this season and has a 6.15 ERA. The Braves increased their lead to 4-0 in the second on Jason Heywards RBI single. Evan Gattis drove in a run in the third for a 5-0 lead. Jay Bruce had a run-scoring single in the Reds two-run sixth. Cincinnati added two more in the seventh, knocking Santana out of the game. Mesoraco scored on Billy Hamiltons double. Votto had a run-scoring single off Luis Avilan. A strong defensive play by right fielder Jason Heyward helped Santana in the first inning. Votto doubled with one out in the first and moved to third on Phillips bloop single. Votto was thrown out at the plate on a strong throw by Heyward on Jay Bruces fly ball. Votto, sliding head-first, was tagged out in the batters box and never reached the plate. NOTES: Price said closer Aroldis Chapman, recovering from facial fractures and a mild concussion when hit by a line drive on March 19, will throw 35 to 40 pitches in batting practice on Saturday. If it goes well, it should be Chapmans final test before he is cleared for a minor league rehab assignment. ... Braves RHP David Hale will look for his first win of the season when he faces Reds RHP Mike Leake on Saturday. Craig Robertson Saints Jersey
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. Both sides are having domestic troubles going into their meeting in Tuesdays Champions League round of 16 first-leg match, but it is arguably Barcelona which has more to prove. Saturdays 3-2 loss at Osasuna, coupled with Real Madrids 4-2 win over Levante on Sunday, left the defending Spanish champion 10 points behind its bitter rival, which has dropped only eight points all season.ST. PAUL, Minn. - Niklas Backstrom has been on the short end of more shootouts than not, one blemish on an otherwise-stellar record for the Minnesota Wild goalie since he joined the team five years ago. After watching Nikolai Khabibulin turn away shot after shot in regulation on the other end, Backstrom stepped up and refused to lose this one. Devin Setoguchi scored in the fourth round of the shootout, spoiling a strong night by Khabibulin for the Oilers and sending the Wild to a 2-1 victory Thursday. "I was really happy for him," said coach Mike Yeo, who walked to the end of the bench and patted Backstrom on the back before the shootout began. "It looked like he said, Youre not beating me. Youre not beating me this time." Backstrom gave up a goal in the first round to Jordan Eberle before stopping three straight attempts to seal the win. After dropping a shootout decision at Ottawa on Tuesday, Backstrom improved his career record in those situations to 13-25. Hes 2-9 in his last 11 shootouts. But the stone-faced Finn brushed off the significance the same way he did those pucks during the game. "To be honest, when I go to the game I dont think about the shootout. I think about 60 minutes. Thats the only thing that matters to us," he said. Khabibulin was nearly impenetrable, standing firm during a third period in which the Wild outshot the Oilers 14-1. Matt Cullen, who had the only goal for Minnesota in regulation, scored first in the shootout before Khabibulin denied the next two shooters. Ryan Smyth had the goal for the Oilers, who have lost 17 straight games to the Wild at Xcel Energy Center. This was just the third time during that streak they gained a standings point by taking the Wild to overtime. They lost all six meetings to Minnesota last season, getting outscored 23-9. "I thought tonight was the night, but I guess we have to wait until next time," Khabibulin said. After converting only one of nine power plays on their two-game road trip this week, the Wild went 0 for 3 in regulation and had a prime 4-on-3 chance in overtime after Taylor Halls hooking penalty. But Khabibulin wouldnt budge. He made 34 saves. "Awesome. He gave us a chance to win," Smyth said. The Oilers showed off their speed in the first period, controlling the pace of play and taking the lead halfway into the opening frame when Smyth camped out in the crease and pivoted to backhand a rebound of Eric Belangers shot that brushed the post and sneaked in. The Wild woke up, though, and used an effective, aggressive forecheck to keep the pressure on Edmontons defence, aan attack that continued through to the end of the game. Brandon Coleman Saints Jersey
. The only thing missing were the goals. It took a nifty 2-on-1 move by Cullen midway through the second period to tie the game. He faked a pass to Guillaume Latendresse in the slot, and defenceman Tom Gilbert went with it, curling back toward Latendresse. That gave Cullen an opening, and he went high for his third goal in four games this season. But other than that, the 38-year-old "Bulin Wall" was on his game. He denied Setoguchi in the second period and Marco Scandella in overtime, both on breakaways. The Wild, though, insisted they werent frustrated. "Its kind of positive affirmation, I guess, that youre doing the right things and that our game can be really good," Cullen said. "Anytime weve done that so far in this young season weve been really effective, and its a confidence booster for us." Yeo said he sensed on the bench that the Wild believed they would win. "Thats the way we want to play the game. Id like to think their D are pretty tired right now," he said. Injuries and inexperience kept the Oilers at the bottom of the NHL both of the last two years, but this budding team -- the last playoff appearance was the 2006 Stanley Cup finals -- has finished the reconstruction project with consecutive first overall draft picks of Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Nugent-Hopkins had a goal in the home opener, a shootout win over Pittsburgh, and the two young stars are playing together on a promising line. The third member of that group is Ales Hemsky, who left with a sore shoulder after playing 5 1/2 minutes in the first period. His absence affected their rhythm. "He was really flying around early," coach Tom Renney said. "That whole line was buzzing. He was really good tonight, and its unfortunate he got hurt. The game was definitely different when he left." The Oilers have some important players hurt, including ankle injuries to centre Sam Gagner and defenceman Ryan Whitney. But with Smyth, their popular former captain who was acquired during the summer in a trade with Los Angeles, back on the roster they seem to have a little more confidence. "The more we keep playing and the more experience we get, well come through in these tight games," Khabibulin said. NOTES: The Oilers and Wild play six times this season, all before New Years Eve. ... Cullen had 12 goals last season, none in the final 24 games. ... Backstrom is 19-2-1 in his career against the Oilers, including 15-0 at home. ... The last time the Oilers won at Minnesota was Jan. 16, 2007. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China
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