In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Los Angeles’ Chad Billingsley pitched eight scoreless innings as the Dodgers matched their highest-scoring game of the season, routing the Pittsburgh Pirates 11-0 in the National League on Tuesday.
Billingsley (9-9) won his fifth consecutive start, allowing no runs and one walk.
He improved to 7-1 in his career against the Pirates.
The Dodgers have won five of six, pushing them to the top of the NL West. Pittsburgh have lost five of six.
Luis Cruz tied career highs for hits and RBIs with three each as Los Angeles beat the Pirates for the eighth straight time, dating to last season.
Pittsburgh’s Kevin Correia (9-7) took the loss. Going in, he had won seven straight decisions, tied for the longest active streak in the majors.
REDS 3, METS 0
In Cincinnati, Ohio, Jay Bruce hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning, and Cincinnati on their fourth game in a row, beating New York.
The NL Central leaders and the Mets were a combined 0 for 18 with runners in scoring position before Bruce connected.
Brandon Phillips drew a leadoff walk in the ninth from Manny Acosta (1-3). Ryan Ludwick followed with single that sent Phillips to second, setting up Bruce’s winning shot.
Reds reliever Jose Arredondo (5-2) wound up with the win. In all, the clubs stranded a total of 24 runners on base.
CARDINALS 8, DIAMONDBACKS 2
In St Louis, Missouri, rookie Joe Kelly pitched into the seventh inning of what could be his final start for some time, guiding St Louis to victory over Arizona.
Kelly (3-5) gave up two runs in 6-1/3 innings and matched his career best with six strikeouts, lowering his ERA to 3.41 — trailing only Kyle Lohse’s 2.72 in the rotation. However Jaime Garcia is soon due back from injury, ending Kelly’s run as a starter. St Louis got home runs from Matt Holliday and Jon Jay.
Diamondbacks starter Ian Kennedy (10-10) made throwing errors on consecutive plays to help the Cardinals score two unearned runs in the seventh for a three-run cushion, and gave up both homers.
BRAVES 6, PADRES 0
In Atlanta, Georgia, Tim Hudson combined with three relievers to shut out San Diego, steering Atlanta to victory.
Hudson (12-4) allowed no runs and one walk in 6-2/3 innings and won his sixth straight decision.
Martin Prado had a three-run homer for the Braves, who began the day five-and-a-half games behind first-place Washington in the NL East, their biggest deficit since trailing by six games on July 5.
San Diego starter Clayton Richard (9-12) left the game trailing 3-0 in the seventh.
He gave up five runs in 6-1/3 innings.
In other NL play, it was:
‧ Phillies 1, Marlins 0
‧ Rockies 8, Brewers 6
‧ Astros 10, Cubs 1