Mon, May 12, 2014 - Page 19 News List

Defeat by Dodgers costs Giants NL lead


Los Angeles’ Yasiel Puig and Dee Gordon broke open a tied game with consecutive RBI doubles in the seventh inning to lift the Dodgers 6-2 over San Francisco on Saturday that robbed the Giants of their outright lead in the National League.

The loss at Dodger Stadium dropped San Francisco into a tie with the Milwaukee Brewers, who edged the New York Yankees 5-4 on Saturday in their NL clash.

The Dodgers took the lead in the seventh inning against San Francisco reliever Jeremy Affeldt (0-1) when Drew Butera doubled and scored on Gordon’s hit inside third base. Puig then greeted replacement pitcher Jean Machi with a ground-rule double into the left-field corner, before Matt Kemp homered in the eighth to pad the hosts’ lead.

In Milwaukee’s victory over New York, Rickie Weeks hit a two-out RBI single in the seventh inning that proved to be the winner.

After Jonathan Lucroy moved to third on a balk, Weeks hit a chopper through the gap into left field off Alfredo Aceves (0-1), who was called for a balk two pitches earlier.

Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez earned his league-leading 15th save after allowing two hits in the ninth inning.

In other NL play, San Diego’s Chase Headley hit a three-run homer in his return to the lineup, helping the Padres defeat Miami 9-3.

Headley, who came off the 15-day disabled list before the game, connected on a 2-2 fastball from Carlos Marmol (0-3) to cap a four-run sixth inning and give the Padres a 6-2 lead.

Seth Smith drove in four runs for San Diego, who were averaging a league-low 2.8 runs per game before scoring 19 in their past two games.

In the American League, Colorado’s Corey Dickerson hit two homers and two doubles to drive in a career-high four runs and power the Rockies 11-2 over the Reds.

Also in the AL, Boston beat the Texas Rangers 8-3, with David Ortiz getting a homer and a double.

Ortiz hit the first pitch of the third into the right-field seats and his double came an inning later, when he scored as a part of a four-run outburst for a 6-0 lead.

Shane Victorino drove in four with three hits for the Red Sox.

In other AL action, Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera hit a three-run homer in a six-run second inning that set up the Tigers’ 9-3 win over Minnesota, while Arizona’s Wade Miley pitched seven strong innings to help the Diamondbacks edge the Chicago White Sox 4-3.

In interleague play, John Jaso doubled in pinch-runner Nick Punto with two outs in the 10th to give Oakland a 4-3 win over Washington.

Also on Saturday it was:

‧ Angels 5, Blue Jays 3

‧ Mariners 3, Royals 1

‧ Pirates 4, Cardinals 3

‧ Phillies 5, Mets 4

‧ Rays 7, Indians 1

‧ Braves 2, Cubs 0

‧ Orioles 5, Astros 4

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