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MLB ROUNDUP: Streaking Cardinals stay hot, remain on Pirates' heels

by The Associated Press on August 23, 2013 10:35 AM

Joe Kelly pitched six effective innings, Matt Holliday broke out of a slump with two doubles and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the majors-best Atlanta Braves, 6-2, on Thursday night.

David Freese drove in two runs as St. Louis won for the fifth time in six games.

The NL East-leading Braves played without Jason Heyward, one day after he broke right jaw after he was beaned during a win at the New York Mets. The outfielder had surgery on Thursday and could miss the rest of the regular season.

Justin Upton hit his 24th homer for the Braves, and Paul Maholm (9-10) came off the disabled list and allowed five runs, four earned, and five hits in 5 1-3 innings.

Kelly (5-3) yielded two runs and seven hits while improving to 5-0 with a 1.79 ERA in his last seven starts. Holliday went 2-for-3 and drove in a run, after going 2-for-24 over his previous six games.


DODGERS 6, MARLINS 0: Clayton Kershaw pitched eight strong innings, and the Dodgers won their third game in a row. Kershaw (13-7) allowed five hits, struck out six and walked three while lowering his ERA to a major league-best 1.72. The Marlins hit into three double plays and went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

Former All-Star closer Brian Wilson pitched the ninth for Los Angeles in his first appearance since undergoing Tommy John surgery. He allowed one hit while striking out two in his first game since April 2012.

Kershaw had a two-out single in the fourth to drive in the first of the Dodgers’ three runs in the inning. He is tied for the major league lead among pitchers with eight RBIs.


PHILLIES 5, ROCKIES 4: Domonic Brown hit a game-ending RBI single to lift the Phillies to their second come-from-behind win in as many days.

The Phillies scored twice in the eighth and twice in the ninth, winning for the fourth time in five games to improve to 4-3 under interim manager Ryne Sandberg.

Colorado carried a 4-3 lead into the ninth, but Rafael Betancourt (2-5) blew a save opportunity for the second straight game.

Willin Rosario homered for Colorado.


REDS 2, DIAMONDBACKS 1: Shin-Soo Choo scored in the eighth inning on Arizona’s fourth wild pitch of the game, and Cincinnati raced to an improbable win. Choo scored both Cincinnati runs, helping the Reds to their third win in the four-game series. Cincinnati improved to a season-high 18 games over .500 and increased its lead over Arizona to seven games for the NL’s second wild-card playoff spot.

Choo singled to lead off the eighth and moved to second when Eury De La Rosa’s pickoff attempt rolled away from first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. Todd Frazier sacrificed Choo to third, and Choo scored when ball four to Joey Votto was a wild pitch.

Mat Latos (13-4) went eight innings and Sam LeCure gave up two hits in the ninth, but earned his first career save.


NATIONALS 5, CUBS 4, 13 INNINGS: Denard Span scored the go-ahead run on pinch-hitter Chad Tracy’s grounder in the 13th inning, and Washington beat the Cubs after Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg blew a three-run lead in the ninth.

Span doubled leading off the 13th, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Steve Lombardozzi and scored on Tracy’s roller to the first-base side of the mound.

After a 2-hour rain delay at the start, Strasburg was one out away from a complete game with a 4-1 lead before Chicago rallied to tie as Junior Lake had an RBI single, and Donnie Murphy hit a two-run homer.



YANKEES 5, BLUE JAYS 3: Andy Pettitte pitched six effective innings, Curtis Granderson homered, and New York beat Toronto after a 3½-hour rain delay for their 10th straight victory against the Blue Jays.

Eduardo Nunez hit a two-run single, and the surging Yankees won their fifth consecutive game and 10th in 12 overall. New York improved to 12-1 against Toronto this season with its second four-game sweep of the Blue Jays, and moved within 3½ games of the second AL wild-card spot.


TWINS 7, TIGERS 6: Chris Herrmann’s second RBI double of the game broke an eighth-inning tie and helped Minnesota edge Detroit. With two out, Herrmann lined a ball into the right-center field gap. Center fielder Austin Jackson got a bad break on the ball, and just missed while attempting a shoestring catch. Doug Bernier scored from second to give the Twins the lead.

Detroit trailed 6-2 going into the bottom of the sixth, but rallied to tie it on Jackson’s three-run homer.


WHITE SOX 4, ROYALS 3, 12 INNINGS: Conor Gillaspie homered leading off the 12th inning, leading the Chicago White Sox to their first three-game sweep in Kansas City since 2009.

Gillaspie’s tiebreaking shot came after Jacob Petricka made his major league debut in the 11th inning for the White Sox, inheriting runners on first and second with nobody out. Petricka (1-0) calmly got Salvador Perez to ground into a double play to end the inning.

Addison Reed preserved Chicago’s sixth straight win when the he left the tying run on second base for his 34th save.

It was the fifth straight loss for Kansas City, and the eighth in 10 games overall.

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