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Ethier answers the bell

Hitting streak reaches 24 in Dodgers’ victory

Associated Press / April 28, 2011

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The hotel wake-up call for Andre Ethier came at 4:30 a.m. California time. Then he and his Los Angeles Dodgers teammates had to work overtime yesterday.

The early start and long day were worth it, however. Ethier extended his record April hitting streak to 24 games in the fourth inning, then homered in the 10th to help the Dodgers salvage the final game of their three-game series against Florida, 5-4, in Miami.

“I’m just trying to do what the situation calls for,’’ Ethier said.

The Dodgers went 3-3 on their trip and found themselves dragging a bit when the finale started at 12:10 p.m. Miami time. But they rallied after falling behind, 4-0.

“This road trip was kind of a tough one to stay focused and keep the energy up, with four day games out of the six,’’ Ethier said. “A 4:30 a.m. wake-up call California time was kind of tough this morning. I don’t think I’ve been up at 4:30, other than last winter to catch a flight for vacation.’’

Ethier was feeling robust by the 10th inning, when he homered on a 1-1 splitter from Brian Sanches (3-1).

The homer ended Sanches’s streak of 13 2/3 scoreless innings to start the season. He had given up only one hit previously.

Mets 6, Nationals 3 — Daniel Murphy delivered a game-tying, pinch-hit homer in the eighth inning right after Jose Reyes was ruled out at third base on a disputed call, then added a two-run double in the ninth, helping visiting New York top Washington for its sixth consecutive victory.

In a seesaw game delayed 45 minutes at the start by rain, the Mets led, 1-0, trailed, 2-1, tied it at 2 in the eighth, fell behind, 3-2, later that inning, then produced a four-run rally in the ninth.

Rays 8, Twins 2 — At snowy Target Field in Minnesota, Ben Zobrist tripled and drove in three runs as Tampa Bay pounded Francisco Liriano.

Rangers 7, Blue Jays 6 — Mitch Moreland led off the seventh inning with a tiebreaking home run against Octavio Dotel, lifting host Texas over Toronto.

Indians 7, Royals 2 — Orlando Cabrera’s three-run double in the first inning made things easier for starter Josh Tomlin as Cleveland won its ninth straight at home over slumping Kansas City.

Cardinals 6, Astros 5 — Kyle Lohse allowed four hits and pitched seven scoreless innings, Matt Holliday and Tyler Greene both homered and visiting St. Louis survived a late rally from Houston.

Braves 7, Padres 0 — Chipper Jones hit a two-run triple and finished with three RBIs as visiting Atlanta shut out San Diego, leaving Padres ace Mat Latos winless since September.

Phillies 8, Diamondbacks 4 — Jimmy Rollins homered and had three RBIs and Cole Hamels gave up three runs on four hits in seven solid innings to help Philadelphia avoid a three-game sweep by Arizona in Phoenix.

Reds 7, Brewers 6 — Drew Stubbs hit a solo homer in the 10th inning and Joey Votto drove in four runs to lead Cincinnati in Milwaukee.

Mariners 10, Tigers 1 — Erik Bedard pitched seven impressive innings (1 run, 5 hits, 3 strikeouts, and no walks) for his first win since June 2009, and Justin Smoak homered and drove in a career-high five runs to help visiting Seattle rout Detroit.

Pirates 2, Giants 0 — James McDonald allowed four hits and four walks while striking out three in six sharp innings for his first victory of the season to lead host Pittsburgh.

Athletics 2, Angels 1 — Cliff Pennington opened the 10th inning with a triple and scored on Conor Jackson’s groundout as Oakland held on to avoid a three-game sweep.

Rain postponed the finale of a three-game series between the Colorado Rockies and the Cubs in Chicago. The game will be made up at 1:20 p.m., June 27, at Wrigley Field.

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