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Grandal homer closes win for Dodgers over Cardinals

AP, ST LOUIS, Missouri

The Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasmani Grandal smiles after hitting a two-run home run against the St Louis Cardinals on Saturday in St Louis, Missouri.

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Yasmani Grandal’s three-run homer capped a four-run sixth inning off Michael Wacha as the Los Angeles Dodgers prevailed for a rain-soaked 5-1 victory over the St Louis Cardinals on Saturday night.

Carlos Frias (4-2) allowed an unearned run and five hits in seven innings, an impressive bounce back after surrendering a career-worst 10 runs his last time out. Frias bunted for his first career hit in the seventh.

Howie Kendrick’s RBI single made it 1-all two at-bats before Grandal, activated from the seven-day concussion disabled list earlier on Saturday, hammered a 3-1 pitch an estimated 132.5m to left center.

The Dodgers, held hitless for the first 5-1/3 innings, ended a drought of 42 consecutive scoreless innings on the road, including a 3-0 loss in the series opener on Friday.

Wacha (7-1) gave up four runs and three hits in 5-2/3 innings for the Cardinals, whose five-game winning streak ended. He had entered tied for the league lead in victories and among the best with a 1.87 ERA.

The game was delayed 2 hours, 20 minutes before the first pitch, and precipitation resumed pretty much non-stop in the bottom of the first to scatter a sellout crowd of 44,754 before Grandal’s drive estimated put the Dodgers up 4-1.

Carlos Beltran hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the sixth, and Brian McCann and Chase Headley drove in runs as the New York Yankees ended a four-game losing streak in Oakland, beating the Athletics 5-3.

McCann drove in a run in his eighth straight to help the Yankees win their fourth in six games. Headley had three hits and Alex Rodriguez hit safely in his ninth straight, and in his last 14 starts.

Josh Reddick had three hits and drove in a run for the A’s. Billy Butler and Marcus Semien also drove in runs.

Giancarlo Stanton homered twice and Christian Yelich broke open a seventh-inning tie with a two-run single, sending the Miami Marlins to a 9-5 victory over the New York Mets.

J.T. Realmuto and Jeff Baker also went deep as Miami battered a struggling Jonathon Niese, who lasted only four innings.

Stanton launched his 15th homer in the ninth an estimated 140m deep into the second deck in left center field. Baker connected on the next pitch from Alex Torres, giving the Marlins back-to-back homers for the first time this year.

Paul Goldschmidt outslugged the Milwaukee Brewers with two homers and four RBIs, leading the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 7-3 win.

The left-handed first baseman led off the third with a homer before hitting a long three-run shot for a 7-2 lead in the fourth. That drive caromed off the scoreboard high above the 122m sign in deep straightaway center, chasing starter Kyle Lohse (3-6) from the game.

Joey Votto hit a two-run homer — his second in two days — and Zack Cozart doubled with the bases loaded in the eighth inning, rallying the Cincinnati Reds to an 8-5 victory over the NL East leading Washington Nationals and Juan Uribe hit a towering two-run drive in the ninth as the Atlanta Braves beat defending champions the San Francisco Giants 8-0.

The Tampa Bay Rays beat the Baltimore Orioles 3-0, the Colorado Rockies had a 5-2 victory over the slumping Philadelphia Phillies, the Texas Rangers routed the Boston Red Sox 8-0 and the Cleveland Indians edged the Seattle Mariners 4-3.

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