Los Angeles newcomer Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run homer in the 10th inning to give the Dodgers a 5-3 win over the San Francisco Giants on Friday in a match of the top two teams in the National League West.
Two days after being acquired from Miami in a trade meant to boost the Dodgers’ offense, the slugging infielder went hitless in his first four at-bats against the Giants before the decisive homer off reliever Sergio Romo (3-2).
Ramirez’s 15th home run extended a stellar start to his Los Angeles career. He had three hits in the first two games with his new club and is batting .364 since the trade, helping the Dodgers move within two games of the Giants.
Los Angeles’ Shawn Tolleson (1-0) pitched one inning for his first win in the majors.
Brewers 6, Nationals 0
In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Milwaukee’s Corey Hart and Aramis Ramirez homered to help the Brewers snap a seven-game losing skid with a 6-0 win over the Washington Nationals on Friday.
Hours after trading ace Zack Greinke to the Los Angeles Angels for rookie shortstop Jean Segura and two minor-league pitchers, the Brewers ended Washington’s six-game winning streak.
Milwaukee starter Mike Fiers (4-4) has been one of Milwaukee’s most consistent pitchers in recent weeks. He did not allow a hit until the fourth inning and retired 14 of his first 17 batters.
Washington’s Ross Detwiler (5-4) lasted 4-2/3 innings for the Nationals, giving up four runs.
BRAVES 6, PHILLIES 1
In Atlanta, Georgia, Brian McCann hit a three-run homer in Atlanta’s win over Philadelphia.
McCann’s shot came off Cole Hamels (11-5), who was making his first start since signing a six-year, US$144 million contract on Wednesday. The Phillies star set a career worst with six walks in his shortest start of the season. He allowed five runs in five innings.
The loss ended Philadelphia’s four-game winning streak and cost the Phillies a chance to move out of last place in the NL East.
Atlanta’s Ben Sheets (3-0) won his third straight start in his comeback from a long-term arm injury, allowing one run and one walk in six innings.
DIAMONDBACKS 11, METS 5
In Phoenix, Arizona, Josh Collmenter pitched six innings and drove in a run during Arizona’s six-run second as the Diamondbacks beat reeling New York.
Collmenter (3-2), who allowed seven hits with five strikeouts, got stronger as the game continued. He retired his final seven batters.
Willie Bloomquist had two RBI singles for the Diamondbacks, who have won six of seven.
Mets starter Jonathon Niese (7-5) allowed eight runs as New York slumped to its 13th loss in 15 games.
REDS 3, ROCKIES 0
In Denver, Colorado, Bronson Arroyo pitched effectively into the seventh inning, guiding Cincinnati past Colorado.
Arroyo (6-6) retired his first 11 batters before Gonzalez singled with two outs in the fourth.
Ryan Ludwick scored twice for the Reds, who have won 12 of 14 since the All-Star break and tied Washington for the best record in the National League.
Rockies starter Drew Pomeranz (1-6) took the loss after giving up three runs in 5-1/3 innings.
CARDINALS 9, CUBS 6
In Chicago, Illinois, Matt Holliday, Yadier Molina and Lance Berkman were part of St Louis’ power show as the Cardinals became the first team in eight years to hit a home run in each of the first five innings and went on to beat Chicago.
Matt Carpenter and Allen Craig also connected off Travis Wood (4-6), whose five homers allowed matched the Cubs record.