Matt Kemp singled in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning and Zack Greinke struck out a season-high 13 batters as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves 3-2 on Wednesday for their season-best fifth straight victory.
Kemp scored the Dodgers’ first two runs of the game, including his 11th homer leading off the second inning.
Pinch-hitter Justin Turner singled to open the 10th inning and took second on a wild pitch by David Hale (3-3). Kemp followed with the winning single to left.
San Francisco reliever Jean Machi took advantage of a huge base-running blunder by Pittsburgh, tagging out two runners who wandered away on the same play as the Giants beat the Pirates 7-5 to end a six-game losing streak.
San Francisco stopped a losing streak that matched its longest of the season and avoided the club’s first winless homestand of at least seven games in the 15-year history of AT&T Park.
In Cleveland, Ohio, Corey Kluber pitched a three-hitter for his first career shutout, outdueling Felix Hernandez to lead the Indians over the Seattle Mariners 2-0.
Kluber (11-6) gave up three singles, struck out eight and walked none.
In Chicago, Brandon Barnes hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the 10th inning as the Colorado Rockies beat the Cubs 6-4.
Colorado loaded the bases with two walks and Michael McKenry’s third hit of the game, before Barnes singled with one out against Wesley Wright (0-2). Drew Stubbs then scored off a wild pitch, helping the Rockies stop a three-game slide.
The National League Central-leading Milwaukee Brewers blanked the Tampa Bay Rays 5-0 after Yovani Gallardo gave up just four hits in seven innings and Martin Maldonado equaled a career high with four RBIs.
Baltimore’s Kevin Gausman allowed three hits over seven innings and Adam Jones homered as the Orioles beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-3 for their seventh win in nine games.
In other games, Dallas Keuchel pitched a four-hitter and Robbie Grossman homered to cap a six-run first inning as the Houston Astros downed the Oakland Athletics 8-1, the Detroit Tigers downed the Chicago White Sox 7-2, the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Boston Red Sox 6-1, the Texas Rangers edged the New York Yankees 3-2 and the Washington Nationals defeated the Miami Marlins 4-3.
Daniel Murphy hit a three-run homer to back up Zack Wheeler’s sixth straight strong start as the New York Mets trounced the Philadelphia Phillies 11-2, the Arizona Diamondbacks edged the Cincinnati Reds 5-4, the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 3-2 and the San Diego Padres were overwhelming 12-1 winners over the St Louis Cardinals.