HOUSTON (AP) —Joe Martinez came off the disabled list to win his first major league start, Eli Whiteside hit a grand slam for his first career home run and the San Francisco Giants rallied for a 10-6 victory over the Houston Astros on Wednesday.

Martinez (2-0) pitched in the majors for the first time since he was struck in the head by a line drive from Milwaukee’s Mike Cameron on April 9, his second outing of the season.

The 26-year-old rookie right-hander made seven starts in the minors before he was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list to start the game against Houston. He gave up three runs and seven hits in five innings.

Whiteside’s slam gave the Giants a 7-3 lead in the sixth against Brian Moehler (7-7), who dropped to 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA in his last three starts.

Hunter Pence hit a two-run homer for Houston, which has lost nine of 12.
Mets 9, Cardinals 0

NEW YORK — Nelson Figueroa pitched 4 1-3 innings and boosted the offense with a two-run triple after Jonathon Niese got hurt, leading New York to the victory.

Angel Pagan hit his second homer in four games and had four RBIs, and David Wright also homered for the Mets. New York took a 5-0 lead in two innings against Kyle Lohse (4-7), finished with 15 hits and won for just the second time in seven games, completing a 5-5 homestand.

Niese tore his right hamstring in the second inning when he went to cover first and fell into the splits while trying to complete a double play. He then threw a practice pitch, grimaced and collapsed. He was assisted off the field by two trainers and taken to a hospital.

Figueroa (1-2) allowed four hits in his first major league win since Sept. 1 at Milwaukee. Bobby Parnell completed the six-hitter for his first career save in five opportunities.
Braves 6, Padres 2

SAN DIEGO — Tommy Hanson pitched six solid innings to lead the Braves to the victory.

Atlanta’s 14 hits were all singles. Nate McLouth and Chipper Jones had three apiece, and each Braves regular had at least one hit. The Braves won two of three and are probably sad to leave Petco Park. They tied their season high with 17 hits in a 9-2 win on Tuesday night.

San Diego’s Kevin Kouzmanoff tied a team record by hitting into three double plays. Atlanta turned four overall.

Hanson (6-2) gave up two runs and five hits.

Will Venable hit his sixth homer overall and fifth in his last seven games for San Diego. Chad Gaudin (4-10) allowed six runs and nine hits in 3 1-3 innings.


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