Gon­za­lez hurts Padres again as the Dodgers clinch 11-8 win

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Los An­ge­les’ Adrian Gon­za­lez hit his sixth home run against San Diego this year, a three­run shot, as the Dodgers beat the Padres 11-8 on Satur­day to ex­tend their lead in the Na­tional League West di­vi­sion.

Else­where, the all-New York clash saw the Mets beat the Yan­kees, led by pitcher Matt Har­vey, and Tampa Bay surged late to beat Toronto.

Gon­za­lez leads the Na­tional League with seven homers and 18 RBIs and has re­served his best for games against the Padres. An­dre Ethier, Howie Ken­drick and Juan Uribe chimed in by all hit­ting tworun shots.

Dodgers starter Bran­don McCarthy (3-0) pitched five-plus innings be­fore de­part­ing with right el­bow tight­ness.

San Diego’s Justin Up­ton home­red twice and drove in five runs while Wil My­ers hit his first ca­reer lead­off homer but the Padres still went down to their fourth-straight loss.

The Mets de­feated the Yan­kees 8-2, with Matt Har­vey fin­ish­ing only one out shy of a com­plete game.

Earn­ing his first win against the team he sup­ported while grow­ing up, Har­vey (4-0) al­lowed only two runs as the Mets im­proved to 14-4; on pace with the 1986 World Se­rieswin­ning team.

Kevin Plawecki hit his first ma­jor league home run and drove in three runs for the Mets.

Tampa Bay won its fourth straight game by de­feat­ing Toronto 4-2.

James Loney tied it the game 2-2 with an RBI dou­ble in the eighth in­ning be­fore Tim Beckham hit a tworun dou­ble off Miguel Cas­tro to put the Rays ahead.

Bal­ti­more’s David Lough hit a game-end­ing homer in the 10th in- ning to give the Ori­oles a 5-4 win against Bos­ton in a match in­ter­rupted by po­lit­i­cal protests out­side the sta­dium.

In the mid­dle of the ninth in­ning, the public ad­dress re­quested no one leave the ball­park be­cause of “on­go­ing public safety is­sues.”

By the bot­tom of the 10th, the re­stric­tion on de­part­ing the sta­dium had been lifted but fans were warned against trav­el­ing in cer­tain parts of the city.

Detroit’s Vic­tor Martinez drove in three runs to power the Tigers to a 4-1 victory over Cleve­land.

Detroit starter Al­fredo Simon (4-0) gave up one run in 6-2/3 innings.

Hous­ton’s Jose Al­tuve hit a three­run homer and ex­tended his hit­ting streak against Oak­land to 28 games as the Astros beat the Ath­let­ics 9-3.

Jed Lowrie drove in two runs for the Astros, who have won six of seven and are off to their best start since 2006.

The A’s have lost three straight to fall three games un­der .500 for the first time since July 2012.

Colby Lewis (1-2) was charged with two runs and four hits in five­plus innings as the Rangers lost for the fifth time in six games.

Pitts­burgh’s Star­ling Marte sin­gled home Neil Walker with two outs in the ninth in­ning to help the Pi­rates win 2-1 at Ari­zona and notch a fourth-straight victory.

Walker dou­bled to the cen­ter-field wall be­fore Marte hit a grounder past the div­ing short­stop.

San Fran­cisco’s Nori Aoki scored from third base on Joe Panik’s bunt in the 11th in­ning to give the Gi­ants a 5-4 win against Colorado.

Aoki reached base on a lead­off walk and was sac­ri­ficed to sec­ond. An­gel Pa­gan fol­lowed with a sin­gle but a strong throw forced Aoki to hold up at third. Panik then had a well-placed bunt down the first-base line that al­lowed Aoki to break for the plate, and he slid into the bag just ahead of the throw home.

St. Louis lost pitch­ing ace Adam Wain­wright to an an­kle in­jury suf­fered when bat­ting, but navy vet­eran Mitch Har­ris stepped up in his ma­jor league de­but at age 29 to steer the Car­di­nals to a 5-3 win at Mil­wau­kee.

At­lanta’s An­drel­ton Sim­mons led off the sev­enth with a homer, spark­ing a rally that led the Braves to a 5-2 win against Philadel­phia.

The Los An­ge­les An­gels notched a third-suc­ces­sive victory af­ter C.J. Cron hit a tiebreak­ing two-run sin­gle in the sixth in­ning to set up a 4-1 victory over Texas.

Miami earned a fourth-straight win by de­feat­ing Wash­ing­ton 8-0, with Tom Koehler out­pitch­ing the highly-rated Stephen Stras­burg.

Min­nesota’s Ed­uardo Es­co­bar hit a solo home run and six other Twins drove in at least one run as the vis­i­tors beat Seat­tle 8-5.


Detroit Tigers third base­man An­drew Romine #27 and first base­man Miguel Cabr­era cel­e­brate their 4-1 win over the Cleve­land In­di­ans in a base­ball game in Detroit, Michi­gan on Satur­day, April 25.

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