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MAJOR LEAGUE ROUNDUP: Van Slyke, Dodgers outlast D-Backs in 11 innings

by The Associated Press on September 11, 2013 10:30 AM

Pinch-hitter Scott Van Slyke’s two-run homer in the bottom of the 11th inning gave the Los Angeles Dodgers a 5-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.

Van Slyke lined the homer off Josh Collmenter (4-3) into the lower left field seats, scoring Mark Ellis who singled just ahead of Van Slyke.

It was the Dodgers’ fifth consecutive win over the D-backs. They hit six homers, including three by Juan Uribe, in winning the series opener on Monday.

Chris Withrow (1-0) got the victory, striking out four in 1 1-3 innings.

 

BRAVES 4, MARLINS 3: Julio Teheran, working on 10 days’ rest, overcame a rough first inning and pitched into the seventh to help Atlanta beat Miami.

Teheran (12-7) gave up three runs in the first, then none after that, and he left with a 4-3 lead. Craig Kimbrel pitched around a one-out double by Placido Polanco in the ninth for his major league-leading 46th save in 49 chances.

The Braves went 3-for-16 with runners in scoring position, but Evan Gattis had his third straight two-RBI game.

Tom Koehler (3-10) allowed four runs in five innings. He’s 0-4 in his past seven starts.

 

NATIONALS 6, METS 3: Jayson Werth kept up his power surge with a home run and two doubles, leading the charging Nationals past the Mets for their fourth straight win.

Jordan Zimmermann (17-8) wound up with his NL-leading 17th victory and Rafael Soriano closed for his 40th save as Washington tries to make a late playoff push.

The Nationals have won six of seven. They began the day seven games behind Cincinnati for the final NL wild-card spot.

 

CARDINALS 4, BREWERS 2: Matt Holliday’s two-run home run in the sixth inning stunned Wily Peralta with the Cardinals’ first hit and rookie Shelby Miller blanked the Brewers into the seventh inning.

Matt Carpenter and Matt Adams added RBIs in the seventh and eighth for the NL Central leaders.

The 22-year-old Miller (13-9) allowed five hits with four strikeouts and two walks in 6 2-3 innings.

In 6 2-3 innings, Peralta (9-15) was charged with three runs and three hits with seven strikeouts.

Pinch-hitter Logan Schafer hit a two-run homer off Edward Mujica in the ninth.

 

CUBS 9, REDS 1: Welington Castillo drove in three runs with two home runs, Donnie Murphy added a two-run shot and even pitcher Edwin Jackson connected as the Cubs rolled to a victory over the suddenly punchless Reds.

Jackson (8-15) hit his second career home run in the seventh inning on his way to his first win in seven starts since July 31.

 

PADRES 8, PHILLIES 2: Jedd Gyorko and Chase Headley each had three hits to back Andrew Cashner’s strong pitching in the Padres’ victory over the Phillies.

Gyorko, who entered in a 3-for-28 slide, scored three runs and drove in another. Headley added two RBIs for the Padres, who have won four straight and six of seven.

Cashner (9-8) pitched 7 2-3 masterful innings while limiting the Phillies to four hits.

 

ROCKIES 9, GIANTS 8: Michael Cuddyer hit a tiebreaking homer leading off the ninth inning to go with his three-run shot, and the Rockies rallied from an early six-run deficit.

Cuddyer had his 10th career multihomer game and second this year. He also connected in Colorado’s five-run fifth.

Hunter Pence hit a three-run homer in the first and matched his career high with six RBIs.

 

AMERICAN LEAGUE

RED SOX 2, RAYS 0: Clay Buchholz allowed three hits over five innings in his first start since early June and AL East-leading Boston beat Tampa Bay.

Jonny Gomes and Jarrod Saltalamacchia both drove in a run for the Red Sox, who extended their lead over second-place Tampa Bay to 8? games.

The Rays fell to 4-12 since Aug. 25.

 

YANKEES 7, ORIOLES 5: Alfonso Soriano hit two home runs, including a tiebreaking shot in the eighth inning, and New York rallied past Baltimore to end a six-game losing streak at Camden Yards.

Mark Reynolds also homered for the Yankees.

Chris Davis hit his major league-leading 49th home run for the Orioles and raised his RBI total to 126.

 

ROYALS 6, INDIANS 3: Jeremy Guthrie got help from his defense in pitching six innings, Alcides Escobar hit a rare home run and Kansas City snapped a six-game losing streak in Cleveland.

Guthrie (14-10) allowed nine hits, but was helped by three double plays.

Mike Moustakas hit a two-run double in the sixth off Zach McAllister (7-9), and the won’t-go-away Royals won for the 12th time in 17 games.

 

ANGELS 12, BLUE JAYS 6: Mark Trumbo matched a team record with four extra-base hits, including back-to-back home runs with Josh Hamilton, and Chris Iannetta and Erick Aybar also went deep. Trumbo went 5-for-5 with three doubles.

Anthony Gose hit his first career grand slam for the Blue Jays and Rajai Davis added a solo shot.

 

TWINS 4, ATHLETICS 3: Josh Willingham hit two home runs, including a two-run shot in the eighth inning that put Minnesota in front for good against Oakland.

Oswaldo Arcia also homered for the Twins, who prevented the A’s from stretching their two-game lead over Texas in the AL West.

 

TIGERS 9, WHITE SOX 1: Rick Porcello pitched his first career complete game, Prince Fielder homered among his four hits and Detroit snapped a three-game skid.

Alex Avila added four hits and two RBIs as the Tigers increased their AL Central lead over Cleveland to 5? games.

 

ASTROS 13, MARINERS 2: Jonathan Villar homered on the first pitch of the game and Houston coasted to a lopsided victory over Seattle.

Villar connected off Joe Saunders (11-14) for his first career homer. The Astros scored six times in the first three innings. Chris Carter and Jose Altuve each had three of the Astros’ 17 hits. Houston’s 10 extra-base hits were a season high.

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