Yasmani Grandal lifts Padres over Dodgers

AP, SAN DIEGO, California

Sun, Aug 31, 2014 - Page 19


Yasmani Grandal singled in the winning run with two outs in the 12th inning as the San Diego Padres beat the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 on Friday night.

Earlier in the inning, the Dodgers used a five-man infield and then a four-man shift.

With runners on second and third and a 1-1 count to Abraham Almonte, the Dodgers brought in center fielder Andre Ethier to play first base, with Adrian Gonzalez playing between first and second. Almonte walked.

Against a four-man shift — all on the right side of the infield — left-handed hitter Seth Smith grounded to second baseman Dee Gordon, who forced Amarista at home.

Grandal then singled to right on a 3-2 pitch to bring in Solarte.

Amarista started the winning rally with a single to left off Kevin Correia (2-2). Yangervis Solarte walked with one out and both advanced on a wild pitch.

Tim Stauffer (5-2) pitched the 12th for the win.


In Anaheim, California, Jered Weaver outpitched Jon Lester, while Albert Pujols hit his 516th career homer as the Angels extended their AL West lead over Oakland to three games.

A night after the Angels edged the Athletics 4-3 in 10 innings, they won with pitching and power.

Chris Iannetta hit a two-run shot despite a valiant effort by center fielder Coco Crisp, making it 2-0 in the fifth, and that was enough for Weaver and the bullpen.

Weaver (15-7) threw three-hit ball for seven innings, striking out three and walking three.

Lester (13-9) gave up two earned runs in six innings.


In Kansas City, Missouri, Carlos Santana hit a two-run homer to help the Indians to their fifth win in six games.

Santana connected in the ninth inning for his 22nd home run. He homered five times at Kauffman Stadium in a series last month.

Kansas City’s lead in the AL Central was cut to a half-game over Detroit, who won 7-1 against the White Sox.

Cleveland’s Danny Salazar (5-6) pitched four-hit ball for five shutout innings. He did not come back out after a 44-minute rain delay in the bottom of the sixth.

Kansas City’s Jason Vargas (10-7) gave up 10 hits and four runs in six innings.


In San Francisco, Buster Posey went five-for-five and drove in three runs in just six innings, then was pulled early as the Giants earned their fourth straight win.

Posey had a triple in his second career five-hit game. The star catcher is batting .500 (20 for 40) with five home runs and 13 RBIs in his past nine games.

Gregor Blanco hit a two-run homer to back Ryan Vogelsong’s first victory in four starts. The Giants scored a season high in runs and have their longest winning streak since five straight victories in early June.

Vogelsong (8-9) snapped an 0-5 streak at home, where he had received zero runs of support in each of his previous five outings at AT&T Park.

Wily Peralta (15-9) gave up six runs and nine hits in three innings for NL Central-leading Milwaukee.

In other MLB action, it was:

‧ Nationals 8, Mariners 3

‧ Pirates 2, Reds 1

‧ Orioles 9, Twins 1

‧ Tigers 7, White Sox 1

‧ Yankees 6, Blue Jays

‧ Cubs 7, Cardinals 2

‧ Red Sox 8, Rays 4

‧ Rangers 13, Astros 6

‧ Mets 4, Phillies 1

‧ Diamondbacks 5, Rockies 2

‧ Braves 5, Marlins 2