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Cardinals hand Dodgers a second loss

UNLUCKY CHARM?Since signing Hanley Ramirez, the LA team has not won, while the Nationals clinched their seventh straight win against the Brewers in Wisconsin

AP, ST LOUIS, Missouri

Hanley Ramirez of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a triple against the St Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium on Wednesday in St Louis, Missouri.

Photo: AFP

NATIONAL LEAGUE

The Los Angeles Dodgers lost their second straight game since acquiring Hanley Ramirez as the St Louis Cardinals won 7-4 in the National League on Thursday.

Ramirez, obtained a day earlier from Miami, started at third base and had an infield hit, two walks and a steal, and he hit into a double-play grounder.

David Freese and Matt Carpenter had three hits for the Cardinals, who fell behind 4-2 by allowing four runs in the fifth and then scored four in the bottom half.

Cardinals starter Jake Westbrook (9-8) pitched seven innings, lasting at least that long for the third straight start. He allowed seven hits with six strikeouts.

Dodgers starter Chris Capuano (10-6) gave up six runs in 4-1/3 innings.

NATIONALS 8, BREWERS 2

In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Edwin Jackson (6-6) pitched seven scoreless innings to steer Washington past Milwaukee.

Steve Lombardozzi hit a three-run triple as Washington sent Milwaukee to their seventh consecutive loss.

The Nationals have won six consecutive games, matching a season high, and improved to 59-39. The last time a Washington-based team was 20 games over .500 was 1933.

Milwaukee starter Yovani Gallardo (8-8) gave up seven runs in five innings.

METS 3, DIAMONDBACKS 1

In Phoenix, Arizona, New York’s Matt Harvey dazzled in his major league debut, holding Arizona to three hits and striking out 11 over 5-1/3 innings.

Harvey (1-0) set a franchise record for strikeouts in a debut. He also doubled and singled to become the first pitcher since 1900 to strike out more than 10 and collect two hits in his first game.

Scott Hairston hit a two-run double and Andres Torres tripled and scored for the Mets, who snapped a six-game losing streak.

Arizona’s Wade Miley (11-6) gave up nine hits in 5-1/3 innings.

PIRATES 5, ASTROS 3

In Houston, Texas, prized prospect Starling Marte homered on his first major league pitch to help Pittsburgh hand Houston their 10th straight loss.

Pirates starter A.J. Burnett (12-3) shut out Houston until two solo homers in the eighth. Burnett went 7-1/3 innings, striking out five.

Astros starter Dallas Keuchel (1-3) gave up five runs in six innings.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

AP, BALTIMORE, Maryland

Baltimore starter Chris Tillman was dominant on the mound, leading the Orioles to a 6-2 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in the American League on Thursday, preventing a three-game sweep.

Tillman (3-1) allowed two runs in six-plus innings. Chris Davis homered and drove in four runs for the Orioles, who scored only one run in each of their three previous games.

Rays starter James Shields (8-7) gave up five runs and five walks in six innings.

INDIANS 5, TIGERS 3

In Cleveland, Ohio, Asdrubal Cabrera singled home the go-ahead run in a four-run seventh inning as Cleveland rallied to beat Detroit.

Carlos Santana and Travis Hafner had tied it at 3-3 by homering on the first two pitches of the inning by Justin Verlander (11-6).

Indians reliever Joe Smith (7-2) threw just two pitches to get the win, including an inning-ending double play in the top half.

The loss dropped Detroit half a game behind the Chicago White Sox in the AL Central.

BLUE JAYS 10, ATHLETICS 4

In Toronto, Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run homer and Kelly Johnson added a solo shot as Toronto ended Oakland’s seven-game winning streak.

Johnson went 2 for 4 with two RBIs as the Blue Jays avoided a three-game sweep and rebounded from Wednesday’s 16-0 loss.

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