Dodgers beat Mets, match Giants’ run

ON A ROLL::The Los Angeles Dodgers’ lefty rookie Ryu Hyun-jin is unbeaten in seven starts, helping them to their longest winning streak since taking nine in 2010

AP, LOS ANGELES

Thu, Aug 15, 2013 - Page 18

NATIONAL LEAGUE

Rookie Ryu Hyun-jin outdueled Matt Harvey, and Nick Punto and A.J. Ellis drove in two runs apiece, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the New York Mets 4-2 on Tuesday night for their first seven-game winning streak in more than three years.

The Dodgers improved to 39-8 since June 22, becoming the first National League (NL) team with such a run since the New York Giants from Aug. 12 to Oct. 3, 1951. Their winning streak is the franchise’s longest since taking nine straight from May 9-18, 2010.

Ryu (12-3) allowed one run and five hits in six innings, struck out three and walked one. The left-hander is unbeaten in seven starts since July 5, going 6-0 during his career-high winning streak.

Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth to earn his 19th save in 22 chances.

Punto’s RBI double scored the tying and go-ahead runs in the fifth off Harvey (9-4).

Harvey gave up four runs and eight hits in six innings, struck out three and walked two. He had not allowed an earned run in three of his previous four starts, while going 2-1 with a 0.91 ERA in that stretch.

The Mets have lost eight of nine to the Dodgers.

BRAVES 3, PHILLIES 1

In Atlanta, Georgia, Kris Medlen won his fourth straight start, while Chris Johnson hit a two-run home run and Atlanta beat Philadelphia.

Medlen (10-10) appeared to be in danger of being sent to the bullpen one month ago, now his spot in the rotation appears secure. He left after walking Erik Kratz to open the eighth, getting a standing ovation after allowing one run and five hits in seven innings.

Craig Kimbrel earned his 37th save.

Chase Utley had three hits for Philadelphia, including a one-out single off Kimbrel in the ninth. Kimbrel struck out Domonic Brown and ended the game on Darin Ruf’s popup to first baseman Freddie Freeman.

Johnson gave Atlanta a 3-0 lead in the third inning with his homer off rookie Ethan Martin (1-2). Johnson leads the NL with his .337 batting average.

There was a moment of silence before the game in honor of Braves fan Ronald Lee Homer Jr of Conyers, Georgia, who died after falling almost 30m from the stadium to a parking lot during Monday night’s game.

CARDINALS 4, PIRATES 3, 14 INNINGS

In St Louis, Missouri, Adron Chambers singled home the winning run in the 14th inning as St Louis outlasted Pittsburgh and cut into the Pirates’ NL Central lead.

Sam Freeman (1-0) allowed a walk in a scoreless 14th for the Cardinals, who saddled the Pirates with their fourth straight loss and pulled within two games of them with a win in the 4-hour, 55-minute game.

Pittsburgh had four hits the first time through the order against Adam Wainwright, and led 3-0 after two innings on homers by Andrew McCutchen and Jordy Mercer. They had six hits the rest of the way.

Jon Jay singled off Jared Hughes (2-3) with one out in the 14th with his fourth hit. Jay stole second and then raced home and beat left-fielder Starling Marte’s throw.

Jay had three hits and an RBI for the Cardinals, who have been offensively challenged, while losing six of the first eight on a 10-game homestand.

DIAMONDBACKS 4, ORIOLES 3, 11 INNINGS

In Phoenix, Arizona, Paul Goldschmidt hit the first pitch of the 11th inning for a game-ending home run after leading off the ninth with a tying homer, helping Arizona beat Baltimore with a walk-off blast for the second straight night.

Arizona won the series opener on Monday when Adam Eaton hit the first pitch of the ninth inning into the pool in right field.

Goldschmidt matched him with his second game-ending homer of the homestand, lifting the first pitch by T.J. McFarland (1-1) just over the wall in right for his 29th homer and Arizona’s 25th win in its last at-bat.

Goldschmidt put himself in position for his third career walk-off homer, opening the ninth inning with a shot off closer Jim Johnson.

Heath Bell (3-1) worked a perfect 11th inning and Gerardo Parra hit his career high-tying eighth homer for Arizona.

Baltimore’s Chris Davis homered for the second straight game, a two-run shot that pushed his major league-leading total to 44. J.J. Hardy also homered for the Orioles, who have lost all five series they have had against Arizona.

NATIONALS 4, GIANTS 2

In Washington, Adam LaRoche hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning to help lift Washington over San Francisco.

The Nationals won their fourth in a row on a night when neither starting pitcher returned after a thunderstorm caused a rain delay.

Washington starter Gio Gonzalez threw four shutout innings. Giants ace Madison Bumgarner allowed just one run on an infield ground out in four innings.

LaRoche sent a 1-0 pitch from Guillermo Moscoso (1-1) off the facing of the second deck above the Nationals bullpen in right field. That came after a leadoff single by Ian Desmond and broke a 1-1 tie.

San Francisco scratched second baseman Marco Scutaro (stiff back) from the lineup. Joaquin Arias replaced him and had three singles and a double for a career-high four hits.

PADRES 7, ROCKIES 5

In Denver, Colorado, Nick Hundley homered and drove in two runs. Will Venable had three hits and San Diego rallied to beat Colorado.

Jedd Gyorko also went deep for the second straight night for the Padres, who rebounded from a 14-2 loss to the Rockies on Monday.

San Diego beat the Rockies for just the fourth time in 15 games this season.

Charlie Culberson had two hits and two RBIs, while Nolan Arenado and D.J. LeMahieu also had two hits each for Colorado, which had its four-game winning streak snapped.

The Padres got the win despite an uncharacteristic start from left-hander Eric Stults, who was 3-0 with a 3.35 ERA in six career starts against the Rockies.

The first four batters reached for Colorado, with Wilin Rosario delivering a two-run, bases-loaded single to center to make it 2-1. One out later, Todd Helton and Culberson had RBI singles to stretch the lead to 4-1.

The Padres jumped on Jeff Manship (0-2) in the second inning.

Huston Street got the final four outs for his 23rd save.

REDS 6, CUBS 4, 11 INNINGS

In Chicago, Choo Shin-soo hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the 11th inning and J.J. Hoover provided terrific relief work on his 26th birthday, helping Cincinnati beat the Chicago Cubs.

With no outs and the bases loaded, Choo jumped on the first pitch he got from Eduardo Sanchez (0-1) and lined it into the gap in right-center. Ryan Ludwick and Devin Mesoraco scored.

Nate Schierholtz, Dioner Navarro and Murphy homered for Chicago, who were shut out in each of their previous three home games. Schierholtz’s two-run drive in the second snapped a franchise record home scoreless stretch at 33 innings.

Hoover (3-5) allowed one hit in 2-1/3 innings, running his scoreless streak to 21 games and 24-2/3 innings. Aroldis Chapman finished for his 29th save in 33 chances, closing out Cincinnati’s sixth win in seven games.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

AP, NEW YORK

Alfonso Soriano homered twice and drove in a career-high six runs, while Alex Rodriguez had a two-run double and the New York Yankees’ bats bailed out a wild C.C. Sabathia for a 14-7 rout of the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night.

Vernon Wells homered against his former team and leadoff batter Eduardo Nunez drove in four runs as New York equaled their highest run total of the season. The second-worst run-producing offense in the American League (AL) won by more than three runs for the first time in 26 games.

Jason Vargas (6-5) gave up two homers in his first start since having surgery to remove a blood clot from near his left armpit on June 26, including Soriano’s go-ahead two-run drive in the fifth.

Soriano singled in a run in the Yankees’ four-run sixth that broke open a sloppy game and hit a three-run shot off Joe Blanton in the seventh.

The Yankees had a season-best 19 hits.

Sabathia (10-10) allowed three runs in six-plus laborious innings to reach 10 wins for the 13th time in a 13-year career.

RED SOX 4, BLUE JAYS 2, 11 INNINGS

In Toronto, Shane Victorino hit a two-run single in the 11th inning and Boston won for the ninth time in their past 13 games at Rogers Center.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia drew a one-out walk off Aaron Loup (4-5) and Will Middlebrooks followed with a single. Jacoby Ellsbury grounded into a fielder’s choice, with Middlebrooks forced at second and Saltalamacchia advancing to third.

Ellsbury stole second before Victorino grounded a two-run single up the middle.

Koji Uehara (3-0) worked 1-1/3 innings for the victory.

The Blue Jays tied it in the bottom of the eighth when J.P. Arencibia hit a leadoff home run.

WHITE SOX 4, TIGERS 3, 11 INNINGS

In Chicago, Alejandro De Aza singled in the winning run with the bases loaded in the 11th inning to lift Chicago to a win over Detroit.

Avisail Garcia had two hits against his former team, drove in two runs and scored two, including the winner. The White Sox handed the AL Central leaders their fourth loss in five games.

The winning rally started when Jeremy Bonderman (2-4) walked Garcia leading off and threw high to second after fielding Jeff Keppinger’s bunt. Then he walked Tyler Flowers to load the bases.

Phil Coke came in and De Aza lined a single to right. That made a winner of Addison Reed (5-1), who worked two scoreless innings.

MARINERS 5, RAYS 4

In St Petersburg, Florida, leadoff hitter Brad Miller homered twice to help Seattle send Tampa Bay to their sixth straight loss.

Tampa Bay also got two homers from their leadoff hitter, Ben Zobrist.

After Justin Smoak ended Chris Archer’s (6-5) night with a leadoff single in the sixth, Dustin Ackley gave Seattle a 5-4 lead on a triple off Wesley Wright.

Zobrist got the Rays even at 4-4 on his second homer of the game, a two-run shot in the fifth against Erasmo Ramirez (4-0), who allowed four runs and seven hits in 5-1/3 innings.

Danny Farquhar pitched the ninth for his fifth save.

INDIANS 5, TWINS 2

In Minneapolis, Minnesota, Zach McAllister won for the first time in almost three months, while Ryan Raburn homered and Cleveland beat Minnesota for only their second win in the past nine games.

McAllister (5-7) bounced back and held Minnesota to one earned run and four hits in six innings. He struck out seven in his first win since May 23.

Josh Willingham homered in the second, Minnesota’s 23rd straight run from a home run.

The Indians led 3-1 in the sixth when Samuel Deduno (7-6) hit Carlos Santana in the toe with a pitch. Plate umpire Adam Hamari initially ruled that Deduno’s pitch did not hit him, but awarded Santana first base after conferring with the crew. Rayburn then homered to left-center.

In interleague action, it was:

‧ Brewers 5, Rangers 1

‧ Marlins 1, Royals 0, 10 innings