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Posted on April 9, 2013 at 4:00 AM


McCutchen, Jones lead Pirates past Arizona 5-3

PHOENIX (AP) — Andrew McCutchen drove in two runs, Garrett Jones homered and the Pittsburgh Pirates snapped a five-game losing streak by beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3 on Monday night.

McCutchen doubled in a run in the Pirates' three-run first inning and broke a 3-all tie with his sacrifice fly after Starling Marte's leadoff triple in the fifth.

Jeanmar Gomez (1-0) got the victory in relief of Wandy Rodriguez, who left after 2 1-3 innings because of tightness in his left hamstring. Trevor Cahill (0-2) allowed four runs and four hits in five innings for the Diamondbacks, who had won four in a row and were coming off a three-game sweep at Milwaukee.

Alfredo Marte drove in a run for Arizona with his first major league hit.


Kesler scores in return, Canucks stop Coyotes, 2-0

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Ryan Kesler scored in his return to the lineup after a 20-game absence, Cory Schneider made 19 saves and the Vancouver Canucks defeated the Phoenix Coyotes 2-0 on Monday night.

Kesler returned from a foot fracture he sustained in his first game back after shoulder and wrist surgeries last summer.

Kesler scored at 7:26 of the first period on what looked to be a failed odd-man rush.

Schneider picked up his fifth shutout of the season, tying Phoenix's Mike Smith and Nashville's Pekka Rinne (PEH'-kuh RIH'-nuh) for first in the NHL.

Schneider and the Canucks had to kill off a penalty with just over a minute left in regulation when Kesler took a tripping penalty in the offensive zone.

But Keith Yandle missed a pass from Antoine Vermette (AN'-twahn vuhr-MEHT') and the puck went the distance for a short-handed empty-net goal credited to defenseman Dan Hamhuis (HAM'-hyooz).

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Pence's 3-run homer leads Giants past Rockies 4-2

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hunter Pence hit a three-run homer in the first inning that held up, Buster Posey added a late RBI single and the San Francisco Giants snapped the Colorado Rockies' five-game winning streak with a 4-2 victory Monday night.

Madison Bumgarner (2-0) won his sixth in a row against the Rockies and owns a seven-start unbeaten run in the rivalry. The left-hander began his career 0-3 against Colorado in five starts.

He struck out five and walked five in 5 2-3 innings Monday, allowing two runs and five hits.

One of those was Carlos Gonzalez's long homer to right in the third.

The ball bounced off the pathway and splashed into McCovey Cove.


Cammalleri helps Flames to 3-1 win over Avalanche

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DENVER (AP) — Mike Cammalleri broke a second-period tie and Joey MacDonald stopped 39 shots, helping the Calgary Flames snap a 13-game road winless streak with a 3-1 victory over the slumping Colorado Avalanche on Monday night.

Roman Cervenka (sehr-VEHN'-kuh) also scored and Alex Tanguay (TAN'-gay) added a short-handed goal to wrap up the win for the Flames in a game that featured the bottom two teams in the NHL. Before Monday, Calgary's last victory away from home was Feb. 17 at Dallas.

Brad Malone scored his first NHL goal for the last-place Avalanche, who have dropped five straight games.

MacDonald came up big late in the third period, stopping a point-blank backhanded shot by Matt Duchene (DOO'-shayn) and weathering back-to-back hooking penalties on Cervenka in the final 5 minutes.