Dodgers pull away from rival Giants
LOS ANGELES — Yasiel Puig and Dee Gordon broke open a tie game with consecutive RBI doubles in the seventh inning against San Francisco's bullpen, Matt Kemp homered in the eighth and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the NL West-leading Giants 6-2 Saturday.
Zack Greinke (6-1) allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings, striking out eight and walking three. The right-hander extended his streak to 20 consecutive starts in which he's allowed fewer than three runs — the longest by any pitcher since the "dead ball" era.
The Dodgers took the lead in the seventh against reliever Jeremy Affeldt (0-1) when Drew Butera doubled and scored on Gordon's hit inside third base with Pablo Sandoval playing in on the grass with the Dodgers' speedy leadoff hitter at bat. Puig then greeted Jean Machi with a ground-rule double into the left field corner.
Padres 9, Marlins 3
At San Diego, Chase Headley hit a three-run homer in his return to the lineup, Seth Smith drove in four runs and San Diego had a second straight big night at the plate.
Headley, who came off the 15-day disabled list before the game, connected on a 2-2 fastball from Carlos Marmol (0-3) to cap a four-run sixth inning and give the Padres a 6-2 lead.
Braves 2, Cubs 0
At Atlanta, Ervin Santana pitched five-hit ball for seven innings to remain unbeaten, Ryan Doumit snapped a scoreless tie with a pinch-hit double in the seventh and Atlanta beat Chicago.
Santana (4-0) overcame a rain delay in the third inning and outlasted Cubs right-hander Jeff Samardzija, who had his long winless streak continue. Samardzija lowered his ERA to 1.45, second in the NL, but he is still without a win this season.
Pirates 4, Cardinals 3
At Pittsburgh, Pedro Alvarez singled in the go-ahead run and Pittsburgh won its season-high fourth straight game.
Alvarez's hit capped a four-run fourth inning against Lance Lynn (4-2) that helped the Pirates wipe out a 3-0 deficit.
Rockies 11, Reds 2
At Cincinnati, Corey Dickerson hit two home runs and two doubles, driving in a career-high four runs for Colorado.
Charlie Blackmon, Justin Morneau and Troy Tulowitzki also homered for the Rockies. Nolan Arenado doubled twice, a day after his 28-game hitting streak ended.
Phillies 5, Mets 4
At New York, Ryan Howard had four hits, including a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning, and Jimmy Rollins homered and scored four times to lead Philadelphia past slumping New York.
Mariners 3, Royals 1
At Seattle, Chris Young pitched eight efficient innings, Justin Smoak and Dustin Ackley homered, and Seattle beat Kansas City.
Young (3-0) allowed three hits, while striking out three and walking none. The tall right-hander needed just 96 pitches, setting down the lineup in order in five of his eight innings.
Fernando Rodney pitched around a two-out single in the ninth inning to record his 11th save in 12 attempts.
Orioles 5, Astros 4
At Baltimore, Steve Clevenger hit an RBI double in the 10th inning to extend the Baltimore Orioles' winning streak to five games.
J.J. Hardy had an infield single with one out in the 10th before Clevenger hit a double down the right field line off Paul Clemens (0-1).
The Astros have lost seven of their past eight games.
Red Sox 8, Rangers 3
At Arlington, Texas, David Ortiz homered and doubled, Shane Victorino drove in four runs with three hits and Boston beat Texas.
A night after they managed only a single by Ortiz off Yu Darvish, the Red Sox broke loose. Ortiz hit his seventh home run and lined a double into the right-field corner.
Angels 5, Blue Jays 3
At Toronto, Tyler Skaggs pitched into the ninth inning and retired 21 straight batters, leading Los Angeles over Toronto.
Rookie C.J. Cron hit his first major league homer and Chris Iannetta added a two-run shot as Angels won their sixth in a row at Toronto dating to 2012.
Tigers 9, Twins 3
At Detroit, Miguel Cabrera hit a three-run homer that capped a six-run second inning, sending Max Scherzer and Detroit past Minnesota.
Rays 7, Indians 1
At St. Petersburg, Fla., Erik Bedard gave up one hit in six shutout innings, James Loney had three hits and drove in two runs, and Tampa Bay broke a four-game skid with a victory over Cleveland.
Winning his second straight start after 15 consecutive starts without a win, Bedard gave up a double to Ryan Raburn in the second inning, Cleveland's only hit until Lonnie Chisenhall led off the ninth with a single off Grant Balfour.
Athletics 4, Nationals 3,10 innings
At Oakland, Calif., John Jaso doubled in pinch-runner Nick Punto with two outs in the 10th inning to lift Oakland over Washington.
The A's scored twice in the ninth off Nationals' closer Rafael Soriano to force extras and storm back for their third walk-off win this season after being limited to two hits over the first eight innings.
Alberto Callaspo singled off reliever Drew Storen (2-1) to lead off the 10th before Punto replaced him at first. Storen retired Eric Sogard and Derek Norris before Jaso hit a towering fly ball that ricocheted off the scoreboard in right field as Punto rounded the bases and scored.
Diamondbacks 4, White Sox 3
At Chicago, Wade Miley pitched seven strong innings, Cody Ross had three hits and Arizona beat Chicago.
Miley (3-3) allowed two runs on four hits while striking out six and not allowing a walk. His only mistake came on an 0-1 pitch in the fifth inning that Paul Konerko hit over the left-field fence for a two-run home run.
Brewers 5, Yankees 4
At Milwaukee, Rickie Weeks hit a two-out RBI single after Jonathan Lucroy moved to third on a balk, Francisco Rodriguez earned his league-leading 15th save and Milwaukee snapped a three-game skid.
Lucroy, Carlos Gomez and Aramis Ramirez each homered off Yankees starter CC Sabathia.