Gran­dal’s homer spurs Dodgers to 5-1 win

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Yas­mani Gran­dal’s t hree- run homer capped a four-run sixth in­ning off Michael Wacha and the Los An­ge­les Dodgers pre­vailed for a rain-soaked 5-1 victory over the St. Louis Car­di­nals in Ma­jor League Base­ball on Satur­day night.

Car­los Frias (4-2) al­lowed an un­earned run and five hits in seven innings, an im­pres­sive bounce back af­ter sur­ren­der­ing a ca­reer- worst 10 runs his last time out. Frias bunted for his first ca­reer hit in the sev­enth.

Howie Ken­drick’s RBI sin­gle tied it at 1 two at-bats be­fore Gran­dal, ac­ti­vated from the 7-day con­cus­sion dis­abled list ear­lier Satur­day, ham­mered a 3-1 pitch an es­ti­mated 435 feet to left-cen­ter.

The Dodgers, held hit­less for the first 5 1-3 innings, ended a drought of 42 con­sec­u­tive score­less innings on the road, in­clud­ing a 3-0 loss in the se­ries opener Fri­day.

Wacha (7-1) gave up four runs and three hits in 5 2-3 innings for the Car­di­nals, whose five-game win­ning streak ended. He had en­tered tied for the league lead in vic­to­ries and among the best with a 1.87 ERA.

The game was de­layed 2 hours, 20 min­utes be­fore the first pitch, and pre­cip­i­ta­tion re­sumed pretty much non-stop in the bot­tom of the first to scat­ter a sell­out crowd of 44,754 be­fore Gran­dal’s drive es­ti­mated at 435 feet to left cen­ter put the Dodgers up 4-1.

Car­los Bel­tran hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the sixth, Brian McCann and Chase Headley drove in runs and the New York Yan­kees ended a four-game los­ing streak in Oak­land, beat­ing the Ath­let­ics 5-3.

McCann drove in a run in his eighth straight to help the Yan­kees win their fourth in six games. Headley had three hits and Alex Ro­driguez hit safely in his ninth straight, and in his last 14 starts.

Josh Red­dick had three hits and drove in a run for the A’s. Billy But­ler and Mar­cus Semien also drove in runs.


Stan­ton home­red twice and Chris­tian Yelich broke open a sev­enth-in­ning tie with a two-run sin­gle, send­ing the Miami Mar­lins to a 9-5 victory over the New York Mets.

J.T. Real­muto and Jeff Baker also went deep as Miami bat­tered a strug­gling Jonathon Niese, who lasted only four innings.

Stan­ton launched his 15th homer in the ninth an es­ti­mated 455 feet deep into the sec­ond deck in left-cen­ter. Baker con­nected on the next pitch from Alex Tor­res, giv­ing the Mar­lins back-to-back homers for the first time this year.

Paul Gold­schmidt out­slugged the Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers with two homers and four RBIs, lead­ing the Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs to a 7-3 win.

The left-handed first base­man led off the third with a homer be­fore hit­ting a long three-run shot for a 7-2 lead in the fourth. That drive car­omed off the score­board high above the 400-foot sign in deep straight­away cen­ter, chas­ing starter Kyle Lohse (3-6) from the game.

Joey Votto hit a two-run homer — his sec­ond in two days — and Zack Cozart dou­bled with the bas- es loaded in the eighth in­ning, ral­ly­ing the Cincin­nati Reds to an 8-5 victory over the NL East lead­ing Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als and Juan Uribe hit a tow­er­ing two-run drive in the ninth as the At­lanta Braves beat the de­fend­ing cham­pion San Fran­cisco Gi­ants 8-0.

The Tampa Bay Rays beat the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles 3-0, the Colorado Rock­ies had a 5-2 victory over the slump­ing Philadel­phia Phillies, the Texas Rangers routed the Bos­ton Red Sox 8-0 and the Cleve­land In­di­ans edged the Seat­tle Mariners 4-3.

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