Dodgers hit 5 homers to extend historic surge
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.
CUBS 7, NATIONALS 4
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.
YANKEES 2, INDIANS 1
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.
RED SOX 4, WHITE SOX 1
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.
ORIOLES 5, TIGERS 2
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.
BREWERS 3, RAYS 0
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.
BLUE JAYS 4, ASTROS 3, 10 INNINGS
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.
RANGERS 4, TWINS 1
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.
PADRES 5, PIRATES 2
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.
BRAVES 7, MARLINS 2
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.