Puig pulled in Dodgers' victory

LOS ANGELES — Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig was pulled by manager Don Mattingly after four innings following a pair of early episodes, and Los Angeles beat the Chicago Cubs 4-0 Wednesday.

Puig didn't slide into second base to try to break up a double play in the first inning, then slammed his bat after striking out in the third. The Cuban newcomer is hitting .346.

Puig met with Mattingly and general manager Ned Colletti behind closed doors after the game.

Ricky Nolasco (11-9) pitched eight innings of three-hit ball. He struck out 11 and won his sixth straight start in August.

Hanley Ramirez and Andre Ethier homered as the first-place Dodgers earned their 21st victory in August, tying the Los Angeles record for most wins in a calendar month.

Edwin Jackson (7-14) took the loss.

Pirates 7, Brewers 1

At Pittsburgh, Marlon Byrd celebrated his arrival in Pittsburgh with a three-run homer and the Pirates beat Milwaukee.

Byrd, acquired along with catcher John Buck from the New York Mets on Tuesday, hit his 22nd homer of the season into the bushes in center field in the seventh inning as Pittsburgh ended a three-game losing streak.

Reds 10, Cardinals 0

At St. Louis, Jay Bruce homered and drove in five runs as Cincinnati tagged Adam Wainwright, leading Homer Bailey and the Reds over St. Louis to avoid a three-game sweep.

The Reds came out swinging against the NL Central leaders a few hours after Brandon Phillips' expletive-filled tirade at a newspaper reporter who commented on the star's sagging on-base percentage.

Braves 3, Indians 2

At Atlanta, Chris Johnson singled to left with two outs in the ninth inning for his first career walk-off hit and the Atlanta Braves won again at home, beating Cleveland.

Jordan Schafer drove in Atlanta's first two runs, then scored the winner after reaching on an infield single and stealing his second base of the night. Freddie Freeman was intentionally walked before Johnson lined a 2-2 pitch to left off Joe Smith (5-2).

Phillies 6, Mets 2

At New York, Cole Hamels pitched seven strong innings and handed himself some much-needed run support, sending the Philadelphia Phillies past the New York Mets.

Carlos Ruiz homered and the Phillies overcame a couple of mental mistakes by shortstop Jimmy Rollins to win for only the third time in 17 road games. Hamels hit a two-run single to help Philadelphia improve to 8-5 under interim manager Ryne Sandberg.

Nationals 4, Marlins 3

At Washington, Ian Desmond had three hits, including the go-ahead RBI single in the seventh inning, and the Washington Nationals kept pace on the fringes of the playoff race with a rain-delayed win over Miami.

Rockies 5, Giants 4

At Denver, Jhoulys Chacin did not allow a hit for 6 2-3 innings and hustled for a crucial RBI to help the Colorado Rockies beat San Francisco.

Chacin (13-7) tied a season high with nine strikeouts. Brandon Crawford's single to center field was the only hit Chacin allowed in seven innings. He also yielded an unearned run.

Padres 5, Diamondbacks 1

At Phoenix, Will Venable homered and drove in three runs, Robbie Erlin pitched six effective innings in his return to the majors and the San Diego Padres avoided a three-game sweep with a win over Arizona.

Venable drove in the first of the Padres' two runs off Wade Miley (9-9) in the first inning and gave them a cushion with a two-run homer in the eighth. He's hitting .390 with eight homers in August and has an eight-game hitting streak.

American League

Red Sox 4, Orioles 3

At Boston, pinch hitter Mike Carp's bloop single to left in the eighth dropped just beyond the glove of Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado, scoring Jarrod Saltalamacchia from second with the tiebreaking run.

Shane Victorino drove in a run for Boston with an RBI single after collecting a career-best seven RBIs and hitting two homers in a 13-2 win on Tuesday night.

Rangers 12, Mariners 4

At Seattle, Leonys Martin homered and drove in a career-high four runs and Texas roughed up Felix Hernandez in a win over Seattle.

The AL West-leading Rangers tagged Hernandez (12-8) for nine runs and 11 hits in three-plus innings. The former AL Cy Young winner's ERA climbed from 2.63 to 2.97.

Athletics 14, Tigers 4

At Detroit, Brandon Moss homered twice and drove in six runs to lead Oakland over Detroit.

Moss has three home runs in his past two games for the A's, who had a season-high 21 hits and have won the first three games of the four-game series by a combined score of 28-13.

Blue Jays 7, Yankees 2

At Toronto, Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run home run, rookie Todd Redmond snapped a seven-start winless streak and Toronto beat New York.

The Blue Jays took two out of three from the Yankees after losing 12 of their first 13 meetings this season. They're 3-3 against New York at home and 0-10 on the road.

Rays 4, Angels 1

At St. Petersburg, Fla., Chris Archer pitched seven strong innings, David DeJesus scored twice and Tampa Bay ended Los Angeles' four-game winning streak.

Archer (8-5) allowed one run and five hits while striking out five. For the fifth time in his last 10 starts, the rookie right-hander did not walk a batter.

Royals 8, Twins 1

At Minneapolis, Salvador Perez had four hits and two home runs, Danny Duffy pitched 6 2-3 shutout innings and Kansas City beat Minnesota.

Perez hit two-run shots in the fourth and eighth innings as the Royals won their fourth straight.

White Sox 6, Astros 1

At Chicago, Chris Sale struck out 12 over eight-plus dominant innings and Avisail Garcia hit a three-run homer to lead Chicago to a win over Houston.

Garcia finished with three hits for the White Sox, who have won 10 of their last 12 games.

Sale (10-12) bounced back from an embarrassing start Friday night against Texas in which he allowed a career-worst four home runs. Against Houston, he gave up only one run on four hits.


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