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Braves pip Dodgers in extra innings

Atlanta Braves shortstop Diory Hernandez, left, and left fielder Matt Diaz, right, collide as they attempt to catch Los Angeles Dodgers batter Brad Ausmus’ foul ball during the fifth inning of their game in Los Angeles on Saturday. Braves batter Kelly Johnson hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning to give Atlanta a 2-1 win and back-to-back extra-inning victories over the National League-leading Dodgers.

PHOTO: AP

NATIONAL LEAGUE

AP, LOS ANGELES

Kelly Johnson hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning to give the Atlanta Braves a 2-1 win and back-to-back extra-inning victories over the National League-leading Los Angeles Dodgers.

Johnson, who came into the game in the eighth as a pinch hitter, drove a pitch a couple of rows behind the short fence in the right-field corner.

The hit came off Dodgers’ pitcher Guillermo Mota, making his second appearance since last Tuesday’s well-documented dust-up with Milwaukee slugger Prince Fielder.

MARLINS 6, PHILLIES 4

In Philadelphia, Florida edged closer to divisional rival Philadelphia.

Cody Ross hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the sixth inning as Florida moved within five games of the NL East-leading Philies.

Five Marlins relievers held the Phillies to one run over five innings after starter Sean West gave up three in four innings.

CUBS 6, ROCKIES 5

In Denver, Colorado, the hosts’ run of 15 straight wins over NL Central teams was narrowly ended by Chicago.

Kosuke Fukudome and Derrek Lee homered for the Cubs, who remained a game behind St Louis in the NL Central.

In other NL action it was:

• Brewers 12, Astros 5

• Giants 4, Reds 2

• Cardinals 5, Pirates 3

• Padres 3, Mets 1

• Nationals 5, Diamondbacks 2

AMERICAN LEAGUE

AP, ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA

The Los Angeles Angels edged the Texas Rangers 3-2 to extend its lead in the AL West standings.

Angels pitcher Jered Weaver matched a career high with 11 strikeouts as Los Angeles opened a four-and-a-half game lead over the Rangers.

RAYS 10, MARINERS 4

In Seattle, Tampa Bay broke open the game in the latter innings to record a comfortable win over the home team.

With the game tied 3-3 in the fifth, Evan Longoria hit a 411-foot solo homer to put the Rays ahead. Two batters later, Carlos Pena added a two-run shot.

Tampa Bay then cushioned its lead with four runs in the eighth.

TWINS 11, TIGERS 0

At Detroit, Carl Pavano threw seven scoreless innings in his Minnesota debut, guiding the Twins to a thrashing of Detroit.

It was the second time in a week that Pavano handcuffed the Tigers.

In other AL action it was:

• White Sox 8, Indians 5

• Blue Jays 3, Orioles 2, 10 inns

• Royals 12, Athletics 6

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