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Victorino lifts LA over Phils

PITTSBURGH — No matter what uniform he's wearing, Shane Victorino always gives the Pittsburgh Pirates trouble.

The newly acquired outfielder hit his first homer in Dodger blue and drove in three runs to lift Los Angeles to a 5-4 victory on Monday night.

Picked up from Philadelphia at the trade deadline to give the Dodgers an experienced bat as they try to make it back to the postseason for the first time in three years, Victorino was his usual pesky self at the top of the lineup as Los Angeles drew within 11/2; games of the Pirates for one of the two National League wild card spots.

"He's been through it — playoff runs the last three or four years, World Series," said Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly. "They just get hardened, and this is not going to overwhelm him down the stretch."

Victorino never looks overwhelmed against the Pirates. He came in with a career .325 average against Pittsburgh, a number that rose after he doubled home A.J. Ellis in the third to give the Dodgers an early lead then drilled a two-run shot off Jeff Karstens (4-3) into the right-field seats to put them in front to stay.

"I just keep plugging along," Victorino said. "There's nothing different that I've done. You know when you've got confidence and you feel good at the plate, yeah, things kind of keep going that way."

Matt Kemp added two hits for the Dodgers while Aaron Harang (8-7) pitched six effective innings to snap a modest two-game losing streak.

Padres 4, Braves 1

At Atlanta, Eric Stults combined with two relievers on a five-hitter, Chase Headley homered and drove in two runs, and San Diego beat Atlanta.

Stults (3-2) gave up five hits and one run in 72/3 innings — his longest start in three years. While with the Dodgers, Stults beat the Giants 8-0 on May 9, 2009, his last complete game.

Nationals 14, Giants 2

At San Francisco, Kurt Suzuki drove in four runs, Danny Espinosa and Roger Bernadina each knocked in three, and Washington overwhelmed San Francisco in a matchup of NL division leaders.

Gio Gonzalez (15-6) tied a Nationals record for wins in a season, boosted by Washington's highest-scoring game of the season. He won his second straight after going 1-3 in five previous starts, giving up two runs and six hits over 62/3 innings.

Phillies 4, Marlins 0

At Miami, Cole Hamels pitched his second consecutive shutout for Philadelphia in a win over Miami.

Hamels, coming off a five-hitter against Atlanta last Tuesday, scattered seven hits and struck out five in his sixth career shutout and 12th complete game. He walked one and threw 85 of 113 pitches for strikes.

Cubs 7, Astros 1

At Chicago, Jeff Samardzija struck out a career high-tying 11 in seven innings and the Chicago Cubs routed Houston.

Darwin Barney and Alfonso Soriano hit two-run homers, and Anthony Rizzo had four hits for the Cubs.

Chicago won for just the second time in 13 games. The Astros have lost 25 of its last 27 road games.

Rockies 9, Brewers 6

At Denver, DJ LeMahieu had a career-best four hits, Jeff Francis pitched effectively into the sixth inning, and Colorado beat Milwaukee.

Dexter Fowler, Eric Young Jr., Tyler Colvin and Chris Nelson each had two of Colorado's 15 hits. Every position player for the Rockies had at least one hit as they ended a four-game home losing streak.

Yankees 8, Rangers 2

At New York, Nick Swisher hit a grand slam off Ryan Dempster and drove in five runs, Derek Lowe closed with four shutout innings in his debut for New York which topped Texas.

David Phelps, starting in place of injured ace CC Sabathia, picked off two runners and pitched a career-high five innings for the win. New York has won six straight against Texas at home.

Swisher's second slam this season was his 200th career homer.

Blue Jays 3,White Sox 2, 11 inn.

At Toronto, David Cooper singled home the winning run in the 11th inning as Toronto beat the Chicago White Sox.

Rajai Davis popped out to open the 11th before left-hander Leyson Septimo came on to replace Jesse Crain. After Septimo (0-2) walked Johnson on four pitches, White Sox manager Robin Ventura brought in Nate Jones to face Edwin Encarnacion, whose single moved Johnson to third. Cooper followed with a liner that bounced just in front of a hard-charging Alex Rios in right, scoring Johnson easily.

Twins 9, Tigers 3

At Minneapolis, Darin Mastroianni and Ryan Doumit each homered and drove in three runs, Samuel Deduno baffled struggling Detroit for seven innings, and Minnesota snapped a four-game losing streak.

Deduno (4-0) held the Tigers hitless through four innings and retired nine of 10 batters before getting into trouble in the eighth. The 29-year-old right-hander struck out six and remained undefeated in seven career starts.

Rays 4, Mariners 1

At Seattle, B.J. Upton hit a two-run homer, and Alex Cobb pitched seven strong innings to help Tampa Bay top Seattle and win its season-high seventh straight game.

Cobb (7-8) allowed a run and four hits. He struck out five and walked two in his fourth consecutive quality start and third win in a row. His ERA is 1.93 over his last four outings.

Fernando Rodney recorded his major league-leading 37th save in 38 tries by pitching a scoreless ninth that extended his club record to 22 consecutive saves.

Indians 6, Angels 2

At Anaheim, Calif., Justin Masterson pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning, and Cleveland bounced back from its most lopsided loss of the season to beat the sputtering Los Angeles Angels in the opener of a 10-game road trip.

Brent Lillibridge homered off All-Star lefty C.J. Wilson (9-9), who dropped his fifth straight decision.

Albert Pujols hit his 25th homer for Los Angeles.