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