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MLB ROUNDUP: Puig homers in 11th to lift Dodgers

by The Associated Press on July 29, 2013 10:30 AM

Yasiel Puig homered with two outs in the 11th inning to give the Los Angeles Dodgers a 1-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.

Cincinnati pitchers set a franchise record with 20 strikeouts, 11 by starter Tony Cingrani. He held Los Angeles to one hit over seven innings.

Puig, Adrian Gonzalez, Hanley Ramirez and Tim Federowicz each fanned three times as the Dodgers established a team high since 1900.

Puig connected against Curtis Partch (0-1) for his 10th home run and 23rd RBI in 48 big league games.

The NL West leaders won for the 26th time in 32 games and extended their advantage to 2? games over Arizona.

Brandon League (6-3) pitched two hitless innings for the win.

 

BRAVES 5, CARDINALS 2: Jason Heyward homered and drove in two runs to help Atlanta complete a three-game sweep of St. Louis in a series between NL division leaders.

The Braves broke a 2-all tie with two runs in the sixth off rookie Shelby Miller (10-7) and two relievers. Pinch-hitter Joey Terdoslavich drove in Chris Johnson with the go-ahead run. Heyward added another run-scoring single.

Kris Medlen (7-10) allowed two runs and eight hits in six innings to snap his three-game losing streak. Craig Kimbrel pitched a perfect ninth to take the NL lead with his 31st save.

The Cardinals, who lead the NL in batting average and scoring, were held to three runs in the series.

 

CUBS 2, GIANTS 1: Travis Wood homered and pitched four-hit ball over seven innings to help the Chicago Cubs complete a three-game sweep in San Francisco for the first time in 20 years.

Welington Castillo also homered for the Cubs, who won their third straight and fifth in seven games.

Pablo Sandoval had an RBI for the Giants, who lost their fourth in a row and seventh in eight games.

Tim Lincecum (5-11) had two hits in addition to pitching seven innings. He gave up two runs and four hits while striking out 10.

Wood (7-7), who also had two hits, allowed an unearned run while walking four and striking out seven. He was 1-4 over his previous nine games and has been involved in 10 one-run decisions.

Pedro Strop worked the eighth for his 12th consecutive scoreless outing, covering 10 2-3 innings, since joining the Cubs on July 2.

Kevin Gregg got three outs for his 22nd save.

 

NATIONALS 14, METS 1: Wilson Ramos hit a grand slam and rookie right-hander Taylor Jordan had six strong innings for his first major league win to lead Washington to the rout of New York.

The Nationals won their third game in a row and fourth in five to salvage a tumultuous 11-game homestand.

They lost the first six games after the All-Star break, fired hitting coach Rick Eckstein last Monday and demoted former closer Drew Storen to Triple-A Syracuse on Friday.

Mets right-hander Carlos Torres (1-2) allowed eight runs and nine hits in just three innings. Ramos hit his grand slam in the third to cap a five-run inning.

Jordan (1-3) earned his first victory in his sixth career start. The 24-year-old held New York to five hits in six innings.

 

ROCKIES 6, BREWERS 5: Troy Tulowitzki homered early, then doubled to start a two-run rally in the eighth inning that propelled Colorado past Milwaukee.

Michael Cuddyer, Dexter Fowler and Corey Dickerson also homered for the Rockies, who salvaged a split of their 10-game homestand.

Yuniesky Betancourt and Norichika Aoki homered and Carlos Gomez had two hits and scored twice for the Brewers.

The Rockies had hoped to stay in the thick of the NL West race when they resumed after the All-Star break against the three worst teams in the NL.

Instead, they lost three of four to Miami and were in danger of losing the series to Milwaukee before coming back against John Axford (4-4).

Rex Brothers got the final three outs for his seventh save.

 

PADRES 1, DIAMONDBACKS 0: Tyson Ross outpitched All-Star Patrick Corbin with eight dominant innings, and San Diego beat Arizona to close out its first winning road trip of the season.

Carlos Quentin had a run-scoring single in the first inning off Corbin (12-2), and Ross (2-4) took it from there, allowing three hits and striking out seven in the combined three-hitter. Huston Street worked a perfect ninth for his 19th save in 20 chances.

San Diego went 6-4 to win its first road trip since Aug. 24-26 and first of six or more games since June 25-July 4, 2012.

 

AMERICAN LEAGUE

YANKEES 6, RAYS 5: Derek Jeter homered on the first pitch he saw to give the Yankees a jolt in his return from the disabled list, and Alfonso Soriano made the captain a winner with a game-ending single that lifted New York over Tampa Bay to avoid a three-game sweep.

Soriano, re-acquired by New York from the Cubs on Friday, homered among his first four hits and drove in three runs.

Jeter was activated from the DL for the second time this month and connected against Matt Moore, ending the Yankees’ nine-game homerless drought. He went 2-for-4 and scored twice.

Mariano Rivera (2-2), the Yankees’ fourth reliever, got three groundouts in the ninth.

 

BLUE JAYS 2, ASTROS 1: Colby Rasmus drove in Emilio Bonifacio with a game-winning single in the ninth inning to carry Toronto past Houston.

Rajai Davis stole a career-high four bases as the Blue Jays won for the third time in four games against Houston, owner of the worst record in the majors.

Casey Janssen (3-0) worked one scoreless inning for the Blue Jays, who rebounded after being swept in consecutive series against Tampa Bay and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

 

ROYALS 4, WHITE SOX 2: Alex Gordon hit a two-run homer in the 12th inning, and Kansas City beat Chicago for its sixth straight victory.

With no outs, Jarrod Dyson on third, and the White Sox infield in, Gordon drove a 2-2 pitch from Donnie Veal (1-1) over the wall in centerfield for his first homer since July 7 and No. 10 on the year.

Aaron Crow (7-3) tossed a scoreless inning to get the win, and Greg Holland finished for his 27th save in 29 chances. Holland has converted each of his past 20 opportunities.

 

RED SOX 5, ORIOLES 0: Jon Lester allowed four hits over seven innings, David Ortiz went 4-for-4 with his 20th home run, and Boston earned its first series win over Baltimore in two years.

Mike Napoli had two doubles and an RBI for the Red Sox.

Boston had lost six straight series to Baltimore since a four-game sweep in July 2011.

All four hits against Lester (10-6) were singles. He struck out eight, walked two and did not allow a runner past second base.

Ortiz hit a two-run shot off Jason Hammel (7-8) in the third inning to put Boston up 3-0.

 

INDIANS 6, RANGERS 0: Ubaldo Jimenez pitched eight scoreless innings, and Cleveland shut out Texas for the second straight game.

Jason Kipnis’ two-out single in the fifth broke a scoreless tie. Yan Gomes’ RBI single and Michael Bourn’s two-run double added three runs in the sixth for the Indians, who have won four straight.

Jimenez (8-5) allowed two hits and matched his longest outing of the season. Vinnie Pestano pitched the ninth as the Indians recorded their major league-leading 14th shutout.

The Rangers are 2-8 since the All-Star break.

 

MARINERS 6, TWINS 4: Nick Franklin homered twice, including a three-run shot, and Seattle held off Minnesota.

Franklin and Michael Saunders went deep during a pivotal four-run fourth inning. With the Mariners down 2-1, Saunders tied it with his seventh homer to open the inning.

After Henry Blanco reached on a fielder’s choice and Brad Miller walked, Franklin connected on a 1-1 pitch from Kyle Gibson (2-3) to put the Mariners ahead 5-2.

Franklin added his 10th homer to right field with one out in the seventh. His 10 home runs and 32 RBIs are the most among American League rookies.

 

ATHLETICS 10, ANGELS 6: Yoenis Cespedes drove in four runs on his most productive day since winning the Home Run Derby, and Oakland rallied from five runs down to beat Los Angeles.

Cespedes snapped an 0-for-13 funk with a two-run double in the third inning, added an RBI single in the fifth and then doubled in Josh Donaldson as part of a five-run sixth.

Eric Sogard added three hits and two RBIs, and Brandon Moss also drove in a pair of runs for Oakland.

The A’s (62-43) moved a season-high 19 games over .500.

Erick Aybar doubled and tripled for the Angels, who placed Albert Pujols on the disabled list before the game with a tear in his left foot that could end his season.

 

INTERLEAGUE

TIGERS 12, PHILLIES 4: Jhonny Peralta’s grand slam capped an eight-run sixth inning, and Detroit overcame Miguel Cabrera’s ejection to beat collapsing Philadelphia.

Cabrera was tossed while batting with the bases loaded in the third, and manager Jim Leyland was ejected, too. Detroit still got plenty of additional chances against a Philadelphia team that stumbled to its eighth straight loss.

In the sixth, the Tigers scored eight runs on only two hits. The Phillies made three errors and walked three batters in the inning.

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