Robin­son Chiri­nos hits walk-off homer as Rangers win 3-2

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Texas’ Robin­son Chiri­nos hit a game-end­ing home run lead­ing off the bot­tom of the ninth in­ning to give the Rangers a 3-2 vic­tory over the Na­tional League West-lead­ing Los An­ge­les Dodgers on Tues­day.

The de­feat saw the Dodgers drop an al­ready sig­nif­i­cant 6-1/2 games be­hind run­away NL leader St. Louis, which was undis­tracted by a com­puter hack­ing scan­dal and edged Min­nesota 3- 2 to win its fifth straight game.

It was a pop­u­lar score- line for the day, as the New York Mets beat Toronto 3-2 to main­tain their buf­fer atop the NL East di­vi­sion ahead of Washington, which scored 16 runs to crush Tampa Bay.

The Dodgers had tied the game at Texas in the top of the ninth when Justin Turner hit a two-run homer off rookie starter Chi Chi Gon­za­lez, who came close to his sec­ond com­plete game and first shutout in only his fourth ca­reer start.

Chiri­nos re­sponded when he sent a 1 ball- 1 strike pitch from Josh Ravin ( 2- 1) over the left­cen­ter field wall to end it.

The Rangers won both home games against the Dodgers, and the teams play again Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day in Los An­ge­les.

St. Louis played un­der the cloud of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into pos­si­ble com­puter hack­ing, yet still beat Min­nesota 3- 2.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is into whether the Car­di­nals hacked Hous­ton’s com­puter data­base to aid re­cruit­ing de­ci­sions.

Mark Reynolds hit a two-run sin­gle for St. Louis, which im­proved to a ma­jors-best 26-7 at home. The Cards also matched a fran­chise best by reach­ing 43 wins in 64 games.

The Twins have lost seven of eight.

New York pitcher Matt Har­vey re­turned to form with seven score­less in­nings and an RBI dou­ble with the bat, lead­ing the Mets to a 3-2 vic­tory over Toronto.

Har­vey ( 7- 4), who was 1- 3 with a 7.20 ERA in his pre­vi­ous four starts, shut down the best of­fense in base­ball.

Bobby Par­nell earned a five­out save in his third out­ing since Tommy John surgery, and the NL East lead­ers held on with­out need­ing their top late re­liev­ers.

The Mets won for the fifth time in six games and im­proved to 11-0 at home against the Blue Jays.

Washington’s Wil­son Ramos home­red twice off po­si­tion play­ers press­ganged into pitch­ing du­ties, while Bryce Harper and Clint Robin­son also went deep as the Na­tion­als routed Tampa Bay 16-4.

With the game out of reach, Rays man­ager Kevin Cash rested his re­liev­ers and used in­field­ers Jake El­more and Nick Franklin to pitch the fi­nal two in­nings. Ramos hit a solo shot against El­more in the eighth and added a two-run drive off Franklin in the ninth to fin­ish with four RBIs.

Harper hit his 22nd homer this sea­son dur­ing a four-run fifth that gave Washington a 10-0 lead.

Robin­son had a lead­off homer and added an RBI dou­ble dur­ing a six-run sec­ond in­ning that set the stage for a big win.

Hous­ton’s Luis Val­buena home­red twice and drove in four runs to power the Astros to an 8-5 win against Colorado.

Val­buena hit a solo homer in the sec­ond and added a three­run drive in a five- run third that in­creased his team-lead­ing home run to­tal to 16.

Hank Con­ger hit a solo homer for the Astros, who lead the ma­jor leagues with 91 home runs. Hous­ton is 25-0 this year when it has mul­ti­homer games.

Pittsburgh’s Char­lie Mor­ton pitched seven score­less in­nings to re­main un­beaten since re­turn­ing from hip surgery, guid­ing the Pi­rates to a 3-0 win against the Chicago White Sox.

Mor­ton (5-0) low­ered his ERA to 1.62 af­ter not al­low­ing a bat­ter to ad­vance be­yond sec­ond base.

The Pi­rates have thrown three straight shutouts and five over­all dur­ing their six-game win­ning run, a stretch in which their starters have al­lowed a sum of just one earned run.

Fran­cisco Cervelli and Sean Ro­driguez hit solo home runs for the Pi­rates, who in­flicted a fifth straight loss on the White Sox.

Los An­ge­les’ Al­bert Pu­jols drove in the ty­ing and go-ahead runs in the sixth in­ning with his 539th ca­reer homer, lift­ing the An­gels to a 4-1 win against Ari­zona.

David Freese also hit a tworun shot and Gar­rett Richards pitched seven in­nings with­out any earned runs against a Di­a­mond­backs out­fit com­ing off four suc­ces­sive wins.

San Fran­cisco snapped a wor­ry­ing run of nine con­sec­u­tive home defeats by beat­ing Seat­tle 6- 2.

Matt Duffy home­red and drove in three runs while Casey McGe­hee added a two-run dou­ble and An­gel Pa­gan hit an RBI sin­gle as the Giants snapped their long­est home skid since an 11-gamer at New York’s Polo Grounds in 1940.

San Fran­cisco had scored just 17 runs dur­ing the home skid and had not home­red in five straight games here be­fore Duffy went deep in the sec­ond in­ning.

Cleve­land’s Car­los San­tana hit a three-run homer and an RBI dou­ble to lead the In­di­ans past the Chicago Cubs 6-0.

Mi­ami scored a fran­chis­ere­cord eight first- in­ning runs against New York pitcher — and for­mer team­mate — Nathan Eo­valdi to set up a 12-2 thrash­ing of the Yan­kees.

Cincinnati’s Todd Fra­zier home­red twice and Jay Bruce added a solo shot to lift the Reds to a 5- 2 vic­tory over Detroit.

Oak­land’s Eric Sog­ard sin­gled in the go-ahead in the top of the ninth, lift­ing the Ath­let­ics to a 6-5 win over San Diego and spoil­ing the de­but of Padres in­terim man­ager Pat Mur­phy.

Kansas City’s Chris Young be­came the first Roy­als pitcher to drive in three runs in a game since 1972 and worked seven strong in­nings, lead­ing his team to a 7-2 vic­tory over Mil­wau­kee.

Bos­ton’s Brock Holt be­came the first Red Sox player to hit for the cy­cle since 1996 and the team ended a seven-game los­ing skid with a 9-4 vic­tory over At­lanta.

Bal­ti­more hit a fran­chise record eight home runs, with two each from Manny Machado and new­comer Chris Parmelee, as the Ori­oles breezed past a woe­ful Philadelphia 19- 3.

The de­feat sealed the Phillies’ first win­less road trip of at least eight games since an 0-9 run in 1883, their inau­gu­ral sea­son.

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