Tony Watson had a save that was reminiscent of bygone days. The Pirates' left-hander inherited a bases-loaded jam in the eighth inning and got the final six outs Wednesday night for his first save of the season and fifth of his five-year career as Pittsburgh held off the Chicago Cubs 4-3. Gregory Polanco hit his first home run of the season and Vance Worley (2-1) got through 5 2-3 shaky innings for his second straight win. Polanco's leadoff home run in the bottom of the fifth inning off Jason Hammel increased the Pirates' lead to 4-1.
NEW YORK (AP) -- Lucas Duda hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning that sent the New York Mets to their 10th consecutive victory Wednesday night, 3-2 over the Atlanta Braves.
Wong homered and drove in the tiebreaking run with a double in the eighth inning to lift the St. Louis Cardinals to a 7-5 victory over the Washington Nationals on Wednesday night. Wong finished 3 for 4 for the second straight night. He also made two spectacular plays at second base and a third good one, helping St. Louis on offense and defense. ''You always want to try and have that one game where you can play both sides really well, and (this) was my night,'' Wong said.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Jake Elmore homered, Brandon Guyer had a two-run, pinch-hit single in a four-run sixth and the Tampa Bay Rays rallied from a four-run deficit to beat the Boston Red Sox 7-5 on Wednesday night.
Barry Bonds has been cleared legally after 11 1/2 years in court. A federal court of appeals threw out the career home run leader's obstruction of justice conviction on Wednesday, ruling 10-1 that his meandering answer before a grand jury in 2003 was not material to the government's investigation into illegal steroids distribution. ''Today's news is something that I have long hoped for,'' Bonds said in a statement. ''I am humbled and truly thankful for the outcome as well as the opportunity our judicial system affords to all individuals to seek justice.'' Now 50, Bonds said ''I am excited about what the future holds for me as I embark on the next chapter.'' Bonds broke Hank Aaron's long-standing career record of 755 homers in 2007, finished that season with 762 and was indicted that December for his testimony before a grand jury investigating the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, when he answered a question about injections by saying he was ''a celebrity child.'' He was convicted of the obstruction charge in 2011, and a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld the conviction in 2013.
Jeff Samardzija wound up in the win column for the first time with the Chicago White Sox, helped by a couple of big swings Jose Abreu took against Corey Kluber. Samardzija threw six shutout innings as the White Sox trounced the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner and the Cleveland Indians 6-0 on Wednesday. Samardzija (1-1) had been winless in his first three starts for the White Sox. ''You get new teammates and you want to make sure you prove your worth to them,'' said Samardzija, acquired in a trade with Oakland in December.
Blue Jays star Jose Bautista strained his right shoulder trying to throw out a Baltimore batter from right field during a testy game, and he was absent from the lineup Wednesday night. The Blue Jays said that along with missing a game against the Orioles, Bautista won't be able to play the outfield for the next few days. Toronto manager John Gibbons said Bautista could end up on the disabled list if his shoulder doesn't improve soon. Bautista's shoulder had already been sore for about a week before the ill-advised throw.