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Arizona snap a three-game losing streak


Anthony Rendon of the Washington Nationals, left, forces out Jason Kubel of the Arizona Diamondbacks, bottom right, in their National League game in Washington on Thursday.

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Didi Gregorius drove in the go-ahead run with a bunt single in the 11th inning and Aaron Hill homered as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Washington Nationals 3-2 on Thursday to salvage the finale of a three-game series.

Miguel Montero led off the 11th with a ground-rule double off Craig Stammen (4-3). A.J. Pollock ran for Montero and Cody Ross bunted him to third. After Jason Kubel drew a walk, Gregorius bunted down and Pollock ran on contact, scoring the go-ahead run as Gregorius beat the throw at first base.

Josh Collmenter (4-0) pitched the 10th inning and Heath Bell picked up his 14th save as the Diamondbacks snapped a three-game losing streak.

Ian Desmond homered for the Nationals.

Arizona’s Patrick Corbin, who came in 9-0, and Stephen Strasburg matched up for seven innings, with each allowing two runs.

Strasburg gave up six hits, while striking out four and walking two as he threw 113 pitches. Corbin allowed five hits, while striking out six and walking two.


In Los Angeles, Yasiel Puig singled home the tying and go-ahead runs in the seventh inning, while Andre Ethier had a two-run double as Los Angeles beat Philadelphia.

Greinke (4-3) struck out five over seven innings and allowed four runs on 12 hits, including solo homers by Domonic Brown and Chase Utley. Kenley Jansen got the last three outs for his seventh save in nine chances as Los Angeles won their sixth straight.

The Dodgers loaded the bases in the bottom half of the seventh against rookie reliever Justin de Fratus (2-2) without the benefit of a hit and Puig slapped a two-out, 0-2 pitch to left field to put the Dodgers ahead 5-4.


In Denver, Colorado, Marlon Byrd hit a go-ahead homer in the eighth inning and threw out a runner from right field in the ninth to lead New York past Colorado in a makeup of a snowed-out game on April 17.

With the Mets trailing 2-1 and a runner on, Byrd drove a fastball from reliever Matt Belisle (4-5) into the left-center seats. That was about the extent of the offense for New York, with star slugger David Wright receiving a rare rest. Starter Jeremy Hefner drove in the team’s other run.

LaTroy Hawkins (3-1) earned the win with a scoreless seventh and Bobby Parnell closed for his 14th save in 17 chances.

The fourth-placed Mets finished 7-4 on a four-city road trip. They have won eight of 12 overall.


In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Matt Garza struck out 10 in seven solid innings and Dioner Navarro hit a three-run homer, sending Chicago to a victory over Milwaukee.

Garza (3-1) had his third consecutive strong outing. The right-hander allowed one run on eight hits and a walk, while throwing 101 pitches.

The Cubs broke the game open with four runs in the third, capped by Navarro’s seventh homer. Milwaukee made a pair of errors and all the runs in the inning off Wily Peralta (5-9) were unearned.

Peralta gave up seven runs, three earned, on eight hits and a walk, while striking out two in five innings. He allowed the leadoff batter to score in three of the first four.



Derek Holland tamed a team that often tagged him, pitching a two-hitter as the Texas Rangers finished an impressive road trip with a 2-0 win over the New York Yankees.

Jurickson Profar homered and scored twice, while fellow rookie Engel Beltre got two hits in his first big league start.

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