Hanley Ramirez hit a go-ahead RBI double in the top of the ninth inning as Los Angeles trimmed a game off their division deficit with a 3-2 win over National League West-leading San Francisco on Saturday.
Adrian Gonzalez led off the ninth with a triple against Jeremy Affeldt (1-2), then Ramirez came through with a double to the gap in right-center. That was the Dodgers’ first hit in 15 tries this series with runners in scoring position.
Ronald Belisario (5-1) pitched out of trouble in the eighth for the victory, helping Los Angeles snap a four-game losing streak to San Francisco.
Buster Posey hit an RBI single in the first and Brandon Belt added a go-ahead RBI with a groundout in the eighth for the Giants, who lead the Dodgers by 4.5 games.
Brandon League pitched the ninth to earn his 11th save.
NATIONALS 7, MARLINS 6, 10 inns
In Washington, pinch-hitter Corey Brown singled to drive in Ian Desmond with Washington’s winning run in the bottom of the 10th.
After Adam LaRoche singled off Chad Guadin (3-2) to open the inning, Desmond singled him to third and Danny Espinosa was intentionally walked to load the bases. After a forceout at home, Brown blooped a single to right.
Drew Storen (2-1) pitched a scoreless 10th inning for the win.
After a rain delay, Jayson Werth led off the bottom of the ninth with home run off Heath Bell to tie it at 6-all. Ryan Zimmerman’s 20th homer of the season, a two-run shot with no outs in the eighth, cut Miami’s lead to 6-5.
Miami starter Mark Buehrle allowed three runs and five hits in seven innings and struck out five.
Nationals starter Ross Detwiler gave up five runs, three earned, in five innings.
In other NL action, it was:
‧ Braves 11, Mets 3
‧ Cubs 4, Pirates 3
‧ Reds 5, Astros 1
‧ Brewers 6, Cardinals 3
‧ Diamondbacks 8, Padres 5
‧ Rockies-Phillies: postponed
AP, BALTIMORE, Maryland
The Orioles continued their long-ball onslaught against the Yankees, hitting three home runs off CC Sabathia in a 5-4 victory on Saturday night that moved Baltimore back into a tie atop the AL East with New York.
Mark Reynolds, Lew Ford and J.J. Hardy homered for the Orioles, who have won 11 of 15 overall and nine of the last 13 against the Yankees. With a victory yesterday, Baltimore could win the season series (10-8) for the first time since 1997.
Trying to secure a victory for Joe Saunders (2-1), Baltimore closer Jim Johnson entered with a 5-3 lead in the ninth. He promptly gave up three straight singles, the last a bunt by Derek Jeter, to load the bases with no outs.
Nick Swisher drove in a run with a forceout before Mark Teixeira hit into a game-ending double play.
TWINS 3, INDIANS 0
In Minneapolis, Minnesota, Cole DeVries pitched six scoreless innings to win his third straight start to lead Minnesota.
Joe Mauer had an RBI single and Josh Willingham added a sacrifice fly in a two-run third inning for the Twins, who had lost four of their past five games.
DeVries (5-5) gave up four hits and walked one. A trio of relievers combined for three hitless innings, with Glen Perkins working the ninth for his 11th save in 14 chances.
Indians starter Zach McAllister (5-7) made it through only three innings in losing his third straight decision. He allowed two runs on two hits and three walks.
RANGERS 4, RAYS 2, 10 inns
In St Petersburg, Florida, rookie Jurickson Profar hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the 10th inning to lift Texas past Tampa Bay.