Dodgers late rally trips S.F.


By MICHAEL WAGAMAN

Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — A.J. Ellis hit a three-run double in the ninth inning, All-Star Clayton Kershaw made a third straight stellar start and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the slumping San Francisco Giants 4-1 on Sunday.

Kershaw (8-5), a candidate to start the All-Star game for the National League, wasn’t as sharp as he’d been in his previous two starts but still only allowed one run over eight innings. He helped the Dodgers move into second place in the West heading into a three-game series with division-leading Arizona.

Hanley Ramirez doubled and tripled to extend his career-high hitting streak to 18 games while rookie Yasiel Puig added two hits, including a single that started the rally in the ninth.

Guillermo Quiroz doubled and scored for San Francisco, which has dropped 11 of 13.

Kershaw and Giants starter Chad Gaudin engaged in a tight duel, with Gaudin working seven innings.

Puig singled off Giants closer Sergio Romo (3-4) to open the ninth. Adrian Gonzalez followed with a sharp single that first baseman Buster Posey initially knocked down. Posey tried flipping the ball to shortstop Joaquin Arias covering second but threw the ball into left field for an error

When San Francisco third baseman Pablo Sandoval raced to retrieve the ball, Puig alertly advanced to third. Hanley Ramirez was retired on a comebacker, Andre Ethier was intentionally walked to load the bases and Juan Uribe struck out before Ellis lined a two-out double into left-center.

That secured Kershaw’s third win over the Giants this season while keeping the NL’s ERA leader in line for a possible start in the All-Star game in New York on July 16. San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy, who will lead the National League, will make the decision.

Kershaw allowed the Giants only run in the third after Quiroz doubled, took third on a wild pitch and scored on Andres Torres’ sacrifice fly.

The Dodgers ace retired the next seven batters before walking Gaudin to open the sixth. But Torres grounded into a double play and Marco Scutaro flew out to end the inning.

Kershaw also pitched out of a two-on, two-out jam in the eighth before Kenley Jansen worked the ninth for his ninth save.

Gaudin, who had been out since getting hit in the right elbow by a line drive from Miami’s Derek Dietrich on June 20, was just as sharp as the Dodgers’ three-time All-Star.

He retired 12 of 13 during one stretch and also worked out of a two-on, two-out jam in the seventh by striking out Uribe before departing. Gaudin finished with nine strikeouts — his most since June 28, 2009 — and one intentional walk.

Ramirez tripled leading off the second against Gaudin and Ethier followed with a bloop single to drive in the Dodgers first run.

Puig, who struck out twice in his first three at-bats after fanning four times on Saturday, made a diving catch on a fly ball by Quiroz in the eighth.

D-BACKS 6, ROCKIES 1

PHOENIX — Patrick Corbin gave up three hits in eight innings to finally get his 10th victory and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat Colorado 6-1 for their fifth straight win and a dominant three-game sweep of the Rockies.

Corbin (10-1) struck out 10 in his seventh attempt at win No. 10. The 23-year-old lefty, picked a day earlier as an All-Star, also hit an RBI double as the Diamondbacks outscored the Rockies 22-2 in the series.

The Rockies lost more than the game. Star outfielder Carlos Gonzalez left after swinging at a pitch in the ninth. Afterward, he said it was a sprain and nothing serious.

Starter Roy Oswalt (0-4) exited with what initially was called a strained left hamstring in the second. It could be worse than that, however, because he said he “heard something pop.”

CUBS 4, PIRATES 3

11 INNINGS

CHICAGO — Pinch-hitter Dioner Navarro lifted a game-ending sacrifice fly in the 11th inning, sending the Chicago Cubs over Pittsburgh.

The Pirates tied it with two outs in the ninth on Starling Marte’s solo homer. Pittsburgh has dropped three of four and fallen into a tie with St. Louis for the NL Central lead and the best record in the majors.

Anthony Rizzo and Alfonso Soriano singled in the Cubs’ 11th. Pirates catcher Russell Martin threw the ball into center field while trying to pick off Rizzo, allowing both runners to advance.

Luis Valbuena was walked intentionally before Navarro’s fly ball off Bryan Morris (4-3) gave the Cubs their seventh win in 11 games.

Matt Guerrier (3-4) pitched two scoreless innings.

PHILLIES 7, BRAVES 3

PHILADELPHIA — Freshly chosen All-Star Domonic Brown homered, tripled and drove in two runs as the Philadelphia Phillies topped Atlanta.

Ben Revere hit a two-run triple for Philadelphia, which took two of three from the NL East leaders.

Chris Johnson homered and Brian McCann got three hits for Atlanta, which has lost 10 of its last 15 road games.

Winner Jonathan Pettibone (5-3) allowed one run on five hits in 5 1-3 innings. Kris Medlen (6-8) gave up a season-high six earned runs in 5 1-3 innings.

NATIONALS 11, PADRES 7

WASHINGTON — Ryan Zimmerman hit a grand slam, Bryce Harper added three hits and two stolen bases, and the Washington Nationals sent San Diego to its ninth straight loss.

Stephen Strasburg (5-6) allowed four runs over six innings. He matched his season-high with nine strikeouts as the Nationals won their fourth straight, the last three over San Diego.

Zimmerman’s slam off Robbie Erlin (1-2) put Washington ahead 5-1 in the third inning. Two batters later, Anthony Rendon hit a two-run homer.

Rendon and Strasburg had RBI singles during the Nationals’ four-run fifth.

Washington is four games over .500 for the first time since April 12. San Diego lost the final nine on its 10-game road trip.

CARDINALS 3, MARLINS 2

ST. LOUIS — Lance Lynn outpitched Marlins All-Star Jose Fernandez for his 11th win and Matt Holliday homered for the St. Louis Cardinals as they wrapped up a three-game sweep.

Lynn (11-3) worked seven strong innings and matched All-Star Adam Wainwright for the team lead in wins, bouncing back from losses in consecutive starts for the first time in his career. He struck out seven, fanning Giancarlo Stanton all three times.

Edward Mujica pitched for the fourth straight game and finished for his 23rd save in 24 chances, giving him a win and two saves in the series.

The 20-year-old Fernandez (5-5) worked six innings a day after getting the nod as the Marlins’ lone All-Star and gave up three runs on four hits and a season-high four walks.

METS 2, BREWERS 1

MILWAUKEE — Jeremy Hefner allowed one run on two hits over seven innings and the New York Mets turned two throwing errors by Milwaukee third baseman Juan Francisco into a pair of unearned runs.

Josh Satin had two doubles and a single for the Mets, scoring one run and driving in the other to extend his hitting streak to 11 games.

Hefner (4-6) matched his career-high with eight strikeouts and has a 1.64 ERA since June 4. Bobby Parnell came on with a runner on first and two outs in the eighth and finished for his 15th save.

Reliever Tom Gorzelanny (1-2), pressed into his second spot start of the season to give Willy Peralta a couple extra days to rest his ailing left hamstring, allowed two unearned runs in six innings and struck out eight.

MARINERS 3, REDS 1

CINCINNATI — Joe Saunders pitched seven efficient innings and Nick Franklin and Justin Smoak each homered to lift the Seattle Mariners over Cincinnati.

Saunders (7-8) gave up six hits, walked none and struck out two while winning back-to-back starts for the first time this season.

Charlie Furbush pitched a 1-2-3 eighth and Tom Wilhelmsen was perfect in the ninth for his 18th save, helping the Mariners pick up their second win of the three-game series and improve to 10-2 against the Reds since interleague play began in 1997.

Bronson Arroyo (7-7) fell behind during a 32-pitch first inning.

 

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