Dodgers hit 5 homers to ex­tend his­toric surge

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Yasiel Puig hit a tiebreak­ing homer in the sev­enth in­ning as the Los An­ge­les Dodgers went deep five times to rally past the New York Mets 7-4 on Satur­day to ex­tend their in­cred­i­ble surge. Chris Tay­lor, Justin Turner, Corey Sea­ger and rookie Cody Bellinger also con­nected for the Dodgers, who are 43-7 since June 7. That’s the best 50game run by a big league team since the 1912 New York Giants com­piled the same mark from May 14 to July 3. Los An­ge­les has won all but one of its last 13 games, up­ping the top record in the ma­jors to an as­tound­ing 78-32. That puts the Dodgers at 46 games above .500 for the first time since 1962.


Will­son Con­tr­eras home­red and drove in three runs while Alex Avila home­red for his first hit with the Cubs as Chicago beat Wash­ing­ton to even the se­ries be­tween di­vi­sion lead­ers. Kris Bryant and Jon Jay each added a run-scor­ing hit as the Cubs snapped a three-game los­ing streak. Bryce Harper hit his 28th homer and threw out a run­ner at third base for the Na­tion­als.


Brett Gard­ner and Ron­ald Tor­reyes made sen­sa­tional de­fen­sive plays in the ninth in­ning to save Aroldis Chap­man from an­other late-in­ning melt­down in Pro­gres­sive Field as New York hung on to stop a four-game los­ing streak. Chap­man (4-2), mak­ing his first ap­pear­ance in Cleve­land since Game 7 of last year’s World Se­ries for the Chicago Cubs, al­lowed a lead­off sin­gle in the ninth be­fore Jose Ramirez hit a fly to deep left that Gard­ner grabbed with a jump on the warn­ing track. Ed­win En­car­na­cion then hit a blooper to­ward right that Tor­reyes ran down with a dive.


An­drew Ben­in­tendi and Jackie Bradley Jr. hit two-run homers and Drew Pomer­anz won a ca­reer-best fifth straight de­ci­sion to help Bos­ton beat Chicago. Pomer­anz (11-4) gave up Tim An­der­son’s homer on the sec­ond pitch of the game, but didn’t al­low an­other run be­fore leav­ing with a 4-1 lead with one out in the sev­enth. Since start­ing the sea­son 3-3, Pomer­anz has lost just once in 15 starts.


Wel­ing­ton Castillo hit a tiebreak­ing homer in the sev­enth in­ning while Adam Jones and Tim Beck­ham also hit solo shots as Bal­ti­more ended Detroit’s four-game win­ning streak. Jonathan Schoop dou­bled in a run for Bal­ti­more to in­crease his RBI to­tal to 80, tied for the AL lead. Justin Up­ton home­red in a third con­sec­u­tive game for the Tigers, who were un­beaten in Au­gust after trad­ing away three stars be­fore the non­waiver trade dead­line.


Zach Davies gave up one hit in seven in­nings as Mil­wau­kee re­mained a half-game be­hind NL Cen­tral-lead­ing Chicago after a vic­tory over Tampa Bay. It was the sec­ond straight shutout for the Brew­ers, who have given up only one run while win­ning three straight.


Ryan Goins hit a tiebreak­ing RBI sin­gle in the 10th in­ning as Toronto ral­lied to beat Hous­ton. Goins hit the two-out sin­gle to left field off Francisco Liri­ano (6-7), and Rob Ref­s­ny­der touched home plate with his left hand just be­fore Brian McCann tagged him. The Astros chal­lenged the call, which stood after a nearly two-minute re­view.


Cole Hamels threw the 16th com­plete game of his ca­reer - his first in nearly two years - and turned in his most ef­fi­cient start of the sea­son to lead Texas past Min­nesota. With Hamels dom­i­nat­ing on the mound, No­mar Mazara’s first-in­ning, two-run homer off Kyle Gib­son (6-9) was all the offense Texas needed to beat the Twins. Hamels (6-1) scat­tered four hits and al­lowed only four bat­ters to reach base. The Twins’ only run against him was un­earned.


Rookie Dinel­son Lamet al­lowed just one hit in 5 2/3 in­nings while Wil My­ers broke out of a slump with a home run and three RBIs as San Diego beat Pitts­burgh. Lamet (6-4) struck out five and walked three, giv­ing up just a sin­gle to Josh Bell in the fourth to win his third con­sec­u­tive start. He also picked up his first ma­jor league hit, a flare to right field off Ger­rit Cole (9-8) in the sixth. Brad Hand worked a per­fect ninth for his eighth save. Dusty Coleman went 3 for 4 for the Padres, in­clud­ing his third homer, while Josh Har­ri­son hit a solo home run in the sev­enth and Adam Fra­zier added an RBI sin­gle but couldn’t stop the Pi­rates from fall­ing 5 1/2 games be­hind first-place Chicago in the NL Cen­tral.


Mike Foltzynewicz had a ca­reer-high 11 strike­outs and Fred­die Free­man hit a three­run homer as Atlanta beat Mi­ami. Mi­ami led 1-0 in the sixth when Gian­carlo Stan­ton slugged his 36th homer, most in the ma­jors. One night after home­r­ing twice, Stan­ton crushed Foltynewicz’s fast­ball deep into the seats in the left field, but the Braves took a 21 lead in the bot­tom of the in­ning on Free­man’s RBI sin­gle and Nick Markakis’ RBI dou­ble. Free­man hit his 20th homer and Bran­don Phillips had a two-run sin­gle in a five-run sev­enth.

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