PITTSBURGH (AP) - Ryan Braun hit two homers, including a two-run shot with two outs in the ninth inning that sent the Milwaukee Brewers over the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-7 Saturday night. Braun has five home runs this season after being suspended for the final 65 games last year in the Biogenesis drug scandal. The go-ahead drive came off Pirates closer Jason Grilli, his second blown save in six opportunities.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Bruce Chen labored through five innings before the Kansas City Royals' bullpen took over, shutting down the Minnesota Twins the rest of the way in a 5-4 victory Saturday. The Royals have won five straight after getting swept last weekend in Minnesota.
DENVER (AP) - Gabriel Landeskog scored twice and Semyon Varlamov stopped 30 shots, lifting the Colorado Avalanche to a 4-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild Saturday night and a 2-0 series lead. The Wild were unable to contain the quickness of teenager Nathan MacKinnon, who had a goal and three assists. Game 3 is Monday in Minnesota.
ATLANTA (AP) - So much for home-court advantage in the NBA playoffs. Indiana, Toronto and the Los Angeles Clippers all gave it away Saturday, a day when road teams enjoyed a slew of opening-day success. The Pacers lost to Atlanta 101-93, Toronto fell to Brooklyn 94-87 and the Clippers were topped by Golden State 109-105. The Pacers became the third top seed in the last decade to lose Game 1 of the playoffs.
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