Mets jump on struggling D-backs early in 9-0 win
Kirk Nieuwenhuis had three hits and three RBIs in his season debut, Jenrry Mejia pitched five effective innings in a combined three-hitter and the New York Mets routed the struggling Arizona Diamondbacks 9-0 Tuesday night.
The Mets placed center fielder Juan Lagares, their leading hitter, on the 15-day disabled list with a pulled hamstring and called up Nieuwenhuis from the minors before the game. He slid into Lagares' spot nicely, hitting a two-run homer during a six-run fourth inning against Bronson Arroyo (1-1) and adding a diving catch in the fifth.
Mejia (2-0) was sharp before leaving with a torn blister. Eric Young Jr. had three hits and two RBIs, and the Mets finished with 12 hits to ensure a winning record on their nine-game road trip.
The Diamondbacks had another awful night on the mound, losing their seventh straight home game and eighth in nine at Chase Field.
Nicasio solid in Rockies' 3-2 win over Padres
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Juan Nicasio pitched six solid innings and the Colorado Rockies recorded a rare road victory with a 3-2 win over the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night.
Nicasio (2-0) limited the light-hitting Padres to two runs on six hits. The right-hander allowed hits to San Diego's first four batters in the first inning as the Padres took a 2-0 lead. He gave up just two hits after that.
LaTroy Hawkins, the fourth Rockies reliever, pitched the ninth inning for his second save.
Colorado won for just the third time in nine road games this season.
Nicasio ran his career mark to 3-0 in six starts against San Diego with a 2.89 ERA.
The Rockies scratched together a single run in three separate innings, including the go-ahead run in the fifth off Robbie Erlin (1-1).
Clippers beat Nuggets 117-105 for record 57th win
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Blake Griffin scored 24 points while picking up his 16th technical, and the Los Angeles Clippers led all the way in beating the Denver Nuggets 117-105 on Tuesday night for their franchise-record 57th victory of the season.
Chris Paul had 21 points and 10 assists, and J.J. Redick added 18 points in the Clippers' finale at home, where they went 34-7 for another franchise mark. DeAndre Jordan had 13 points and 16 rebounds.
The win kept the Clippers in the hunt for the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference playoffs. They would need to win at Portland and Oklahoma City would need to lose to Detroit on Wednesday night for the Clippers to claim the second spot. Otherwise, they will remain the third seed.
Los Angeles will have to get by without Griffin on the road since his 16th tech triggered a league-mandated one-game suspension.
ARIZONA-GORDON AND JOHNSON
Gordon, Johnson declare for NBA draft
Aaron Gordon and Nick Johnson are leaving Arizona for the NBA.
One of the top freshmen during the 2013-14 season, Gordon was widely expected to leave after one season in Tucson. Johnson built up his draft stock with a superb junior season, earning numerous All-America honors and the Pac-12 player of year award.
Johnson led Arizona with 16.3 points per game last season while proving to be one of the nation's best perimeter defenders.
Gordon was named the Pac-12 freshman of the year after averaging 12.4 points and 8 rebounds per game.
Coach Sean Miller said freshman Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and sophomore Kaleb Tarczewski will remain at Arizona for another season.
Arizona (33-5) came within a point of reaching the Final Four, losing to Wisconsin in the Elite Eight.
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