Cincinnati’s Todd Frazier hit a homer in the ninth inning to extend the Reds’ form surge and beat the Atlanta Braves 2-1 on Wednesday.
The Reds won their fifth in a row, leaving them five games over .500 (24-19) for the first time this season.
Frazier connected for his first game-ending homer on the second pitch from Cristhian Martinez (2-1), who came on to start the ninth. It was a fitting ending to a series that has been decided by solo homers — 11 in all during the three games.
Cincinnati’s Aroldis Chapman (4-0) struck out two of the three he faced in the ninth. He has not allowed an earned run in 24 1-3 innings, ascending to the closer’s role.
DIAMONDBACKS 11, DODGERS 4
In Phoenix, Justin Upton and Ryan Roberts homered and every Arizona starter had at least one hit as the Diamondbacks ended Los Angeles’ six-game winning streak.
Willie Bloomquist had three hits, including a runs batted in (RBI) triple, and Aaron Hill had two hits and two RBIs for Arizona.
Diamondbacks starter Joe Saunders (3-3) struck out a season-high seven. He also recorded his first hit of the year, a single in the fifth that stopped his 0-for-13 skid at the plate.
Dodgers starter Ted Lilly (5-1) went 3 1-3 innings, his shortest outing for two years. He gave up eight runs and five walks.
PHILLIES 4, NATIONALS 1
In Philadelphia, Cole Hamels pitched eight scoreless innings as Philadelphia snapped a season-worst four-game losing streak with a win over Washington.
Hamels (7-1) did not allow a hit until the sixth. He is tied with St Louis’ Lance Lynn for the major league lead in victories after winning his seventh straight decision, striking out eight.
Hamels faced Washington for the first time since intentionally hitting Bryce Harper on May 6. The incident sparked a firestorm, as a result of which Hamels earning a five-game suspension and Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo getting fined for his comments about Hamels.
Nationals starter Edwin Jackson (1-2) allowed three runs in seven innings.
METS 3, PIRATES 1
In Pittsburgh, Jonathon Niese ended a six-start winless streak and pitched New York past Pittsburgh.
Niese (3-2) allowed just one run over 7 2-3 innings. Reliever Bobby Parnell got the final strikeout with runners on second and third bases to end the eighth. Frank Francisco pitched a perfect ninth for the save.
Pirates starter Charlie Morton (2-5) allowed eight hits in seven innings.
BREWERS 8, GIANTS 5
In Milwaukee, Aramis Ramirez hit a three-run double in a six-run first inning that set up Milwaukee’s win over San Francisco.
Jonathan Lucroy added a two-run homer in the second as the Brewers pounded Giants starter Barry Zito (3-2), who gave up eight runs in three innings.
He is 0-4 with a 7.67 earned run average in eight starts at Miller Park.
Milwaukee’s Jose Veras (3-1) pitched two hitless innings in relief of Marco Estrada, who left after injuring his right hip while running out a first-inning double.
In other NL play it was:
‧ Cardinals 6, Padres 3
‧ Rockies 8, Marlins 4
‧ Astros 5, Cubs 1
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Tampa Bay’s Rich Thompson was hit by a pitch starting the 11th inning and then scored on B.J Upton’s double to give the Rays a 5-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday. Darren Oliver (0-2) threw the pitch that struck Thompson.
Rays reliever Jake McGee (1-1) struck out two during a perfect 11th to take the win as the Rays completed a 15th successive home series victory over Toronto.