Beckett (0-1) was acquired in a nine-player megadeal deal with the Boston Red Sox over the weekend. His career in Los Angeles got off to an inauspicious start as he gave up a leadoff homer to Tyler Colvin on his second pitch, a 91-mph fastball that Colvin hit into the second deck.
The righty allowed three runs over 5-2/3 innings as the Dodgers fell 2.5 games behind idle San Francisco in the NL West.
Francis (5-4) scattered three hits in five innings and struck out a season-high six batters. Relievers Josh Roenick, Rex Brothers and Matt Belisle closed out the game. Belisle pitched 1-2/3 innings to earn his second save this season.
CARDINALS 4, PIRATES 3
In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Matt Holliday hit a tiebreaking home run and Kyle Lohse won his eighth consecutive decision, leading the Cardinals to a victory over the Pirates.
Holliday led off the sixth inning with his 24th homer, a drive to right field off A.J. Burnett that put St Louis ahead for good at 3-2.
Lohse (14-2) pitched five innings before being lifted following a 34-minute rain delay in the top of the sixth. He allowed two runs and five hits while striking out three and walking none.
Lohse has not lost in 13 starts dating to June 15 and raised his career record against Pittsburgh to 9-2.
Burnett (15-5) gave up four runs and seven hits in 5-2/3 innings with three strikeouts and one walk.
BREWERS 15, CUBS 4
In Chicago, Illinois, Aramis Ramirez hit two of Milwaukee’s five homers to lead the Brewers to a victory over the Cubs.
Ramirez, who played for the Cubs from 2003 to last year, hit a two-run shot in the fifth and a solo homer in the ninth as Milwaukee beat Chicago for the sixth straight time.
Ramirez’s second homer followed a three-run shot by Ryan Braun that landed on Waveland Avenue, his NL-leading 35th of the season. Braun had four hits and five RBIs.
Corey Hart followed Ramirez with another shot that reached Waveland, giving Milwaukee back-to-back-to-back homers for the first time since Sept. 7, 2007, in Cincinnati.
The Brewers sent 14 batters to the plate and tacked on nine runs and eight hits in the ninth, finishing with a season-high 21 hits. Utility player Joe Mather got the final out of the inning for Chicago.
In other NL action, it was:
‧ Padres 3, Braves 0
‧ Reds 3, Diamondbacks 2