MLB ROUNDUP: Dodgers strike final blow vs. Arizona
In a game highlighted by a heated brawl in the seventh inning that involved both players and coaches, Tim Federowicz hit a go-ahead three-run double in the eighth inning to help the Los Angeles Dodgers rally for a 5-3 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.
Arizona starter Ian Kennedy, manager Kirk Gibson and coach Turner Ward, along with Dodgers star rookie Yasiel Puig and hitting coach Mark McGwire, were ejected after the prolonged bench-clearing scuffle.
Kennedy hit Los Angeles starter Zack Greinke with a pitch, a retaliation throw that triggered the fracas that nearly spilled into the stands.
An inning earlier, Greinke hit Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero in the back, and both teams came charging onto the field but it broke up quickly with no punches thrown. That was payback for Kennedy hitting Puig. The ball deflected off his shoulder and struck Puig on the nose.
CARDINALS 9, METS 2: Michael Wacha recovered from a wild start to earn his first major league win, and Allen Craig hit a three-run homer for St. Louis in a victory over staggering New York.
Matt Holliday had three hits, and the NL Central leaders took full advantage of a crucial error by new Mets first baseman Daniel Murphy, who was shifted from second after slumping Ike Davis got demoted to the minors Sunday.
David Freese extended his career-high hitting streak to 20 games, longest in the National League this season.
MARLINS 5, BREWERS 4: Giancarlo Stanton hit his first homer since coming off the disabled list Monday, a two-run drive with two outs in the eighth inning that lifted Miami to a victory over Milwaukee.
Chad Qualls (2-0) pitched a perfect eighth and Steve Cishek a scoreless ninth for his seventh save.
Derek Dietrich had a two-run homer for Miami, which has won three of four.
REDS 12, CUBS 2: Xavier Paul hit a three-run home run, Joey Votto added a two-run shot, and Cincinnati beat Chicago.
Tony Cingrani (3-0), filling in for the injured Johnny Cueto, pitched seven strong innings as Cincinnati extended its franchise-best winning streak at Wrigley Field to 11 games.
Zack Cozart added a three-run shot in the eighth and Todd Frazier hit a solo home run in the second for the Reds.
ROCKIES 8, NATIONALS 3: Jhoulys Chacin (4-3) won for the first time since April, Tyler Colvin homered twice and drove in four runs, and Colorado beat Washington.
Carlos Gonzalez also hit a tiebreaking three-run homer in Colorado’s five-run fifth inning.
PADRES 3, BRAVES 2: Andrew Cashner (5-3) outdueled Tim Hudson (4-6), Chase Headley homered, and San Diego beat Atlanta for the second straight game.
Cashner (5-3) pitched a career high eight innings, allowing two runs on six hits, striking out five and walking one.
The Padres have won five of seven, and the Braves have lost four of six.
BLUE JAYS 7, WHITE SOX 5: Jose Bautista hit a game-tying home run in the ninth inning, and Rajai Davis scored on a wild pitch in the 10th to lead Toronto over Chicago at a dim U.S. Cellular Field.
Chien-Ming Wang made his first start after signing with the injury-riddled Blue Jays, lasting 7 1-3 innings and giving up five runs and 10 hits.
During the 10th, there was a brief delay after a handful of bulbs in the light standards above the infield.
Brett Cecil (2-0) went 1 2-3 innings for the win and Casey Janssen pitched a scoreless 10th for his 13th save.
TIGERS 3, ROYALS 2: Max Scherzer won his ninth straight decision, and Detroit beat Kansas City to snap the Royals’ six-game winning streak.
Scherzer became the first Tigers starter to begin the season 9-0 since Vern Kennedy in 1938 by pitching seven sharp innings. He limited the Royals to three hits and two runs while striking out six and walking two.
INDIANS 5, RANGERS 2: Corey Kluber (4-4) allowed one run over eight innings, and Cleveland beat Texas to snap an eight-game losing streak. The Indians also ended a 12-game road losing streak.
Mark Reynolds had RBI single in the fourth off Derek Holland (5-3) that put Cleveland ahead to stay. Drew Stubbs added a two-run single in the fifth and scored on a single by Nick Swisher, who had only two hits his previous 28 at-bats.
ORIOLES 3, ANGELS 2: Miguel Gonzalez allowed one run over eight innings, and Nick Markakis hit a tiebreaking, two-run single in the seventh inning as Baltimore beat Los Angeles.
Light-hitting Ryan Flaherty contributed two well-timed hits for the Orioles, whose third straight win put them a season-high nine games over .500 (37-28).
The Angels lost their fourth in a row despite a home run by Mike Trout that traveled an estimated 448 feet.
RAYS 8, RED SOX 3: Matt Joyce hit one of three homers off Jon Lester (6-3) to help Tampa Bay beat AL East-leading Boston.
Desmond Jennings homered twice, while Evan Longoria also went deep for the Rays.
Roberto Hernandez (4-6) allowed three runs and seven hits over seven-plus innings.
MARINERS 4, ASTROS 0: Aaron Harang pitched a two-hitter for his second shoutout of the season, leading Seattle to a victory over Houston.
Harang (3-6) struck out a season-high 10, the 12th time in his career he had 10 Ks with no walks. It was his 15th career complete game and eighth shutout.
Raul Ibanez hit his team-leading 13th home run in the sixth inning.
ATHLETICS 6, YANKEES 4: Derek Norris homered and drove in four runs, and Bartolo Colon (8-2) pitched six scoreless innings to lead Oakland to a victory over New York.
Oakland’s Coco Crisp led off the game with a homer off CC Sabathia (6-5) before Norris and Colon took over to lead the A’s to their eighth win in 11 games.
TWINS 3, PHILLIES 2: Justin Morneau hit the go-ahead single in the eighth inning to cap a three-hit night and carry Minnesota to a win over Philadelphia.
Philadelphia tied it at 2 in the eighth when Ryan Howard’s single off reliever Brian Duensing (1-1) scored Kevin Frandsen.