Pi­rates beat Dodgers 5-4 in 10 in­nings

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Pittsburgh pinch- hitter Pe­dro Alvarez lined a bases-loaded sin­gle over a five-man in­field in the 10th in­ning to lift the Pi­rates past the Los An­ge­les Dodgers 5-4 on Fri­day.

The Pi­rates have the over­all sec­ond-best record in the Na­tional League but re­mained six games adrift of NL Cen­tral di­vi­sion leader St. Louis, which pro­duced a shutout win against Mil­wau­kee.

The Dodgers main­tained their three-game lead in the NL West de­spite the de­feat, as near­est ri­val San Fran­cisco lost again to the hot Chicago Cubs.

In the Amer­i­can League, a ten­thin­ning homer gave Toronto vic­tory at the New York Yan­kees, cut­ting the gap be­tween the top teams in the AL East to 3-1/2 games.

Pittsburgh pro­duced its win­ner in the bot­tom of the 10th in­ning, load­ing the bases with no outs against Dodgers pitcher Jim John­son (2-4) as Jung Ho Kang walked, Fran­cisco Cervelli sin­gled and Sean Ro­driguez had a bunt sin­gle.

J.P. How­ell re­lieved John­son and Los An­ge­les man­ager Don Mat­tingly moved an out­fielder into the in­field but the left-handed hit­ting Alvarez man­aged to lift a ball into right field for the win­ner.

The Pi­rates won for the 13th time in their past 16 home games and im­proved to 37-18 at PNC Park this sea­son.

St. Louis pro­duced all its six runs in the fifth in­ning and that was enough to win 6-0 at Mil­wau­kee.

Ran­dal Grichuk hit a three-run homer to cap the scor­ing burst.

Car­di­nals starter Lance Lynn (9-6) stranded nine Brew­ers run­ners in six in­nings as the NL Cen­tral lead­ers be­came the first ma­jor league team to reach 70 wins this sea­son.

It was the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive shutout and 12th this sea­son for the Car­di­nals.

The Cubs made it eight wins from nine games by down­ing San Fran­cisco 7-3, with rookie Kyle Sch­war­ber hav­ing two hits and two RBIs.

Sch­war­ber — who home­red the pre­vi­ous two games — dou­bled and scored in the first, then drove in two and came around in the fifth. Chicago scored five in that in­ning to break open a 1-1 game.

The Cubs moved 1-1/2 games ahead of San Fran­cisco for the sec­ond wild card. They also moved 12 games over a .500 win­ning per­cent­age for the first time since 2008.

Chicago starter Jon Lester (7-8) gave up two runs over seven in­nings.

Toronto Jose Bautista home­red with one out in the 10th in­ning to give the surg­ing Blue Jays to a 2-1 win at the Yan­kees and their sixth straight vic­tory.

Two of the top slug­ging teams in the ma­jor leagues en­gaged in a dour pitch­ers’ duel, be­fore Bautista con­nected off Branden Pin­der (0-1), and Toronto closer Roberto Osuna pitched a per­fect bot­tom of the 10th to se­cure the vic­tory.

Kansas City’s Edin­son Volquez pitched seven strong in­nings to guide the Roy­als to a 3-2 win against the Chicago White Sox.

Volquez (11-6) lim­ited the White Sox to one run, and has al­lowed three or less runs in seven straight starts, low­er­ing his ERA to 3.11.

Lorenzo Cain dou­bled home the go-ahead run in the sixth.

The New York Mets ex­tended their win­ning streak to seven games with a 4-3 vic­tory at Tampa Bay.

Michael Con­forto hit a ty­ing dou­ble and Wilmer Flores had a goa­head sin­gle in the ninth in­ning for the Mets, who moved 2-1/2 games clear atop the NL East.

The Mets said it was the first time in fran­chise history they over­came three dif­fer­ent deficits in each of the last three in­nings to win.

Los An­ge­les’ Mike Trout home­red on his birth­day for the third time in his ca­reer and helped the An­gels beat Bal­ti­more 8-4.

Af­ter Trout was ser­e­naded with a birth­day song from the An­gel Sta­dium out­field crowd in the first in­ning, the reign­ing AL MVP cel­e­brated his 24th birth­day by drilling his ma­jor league-lead­ing 33rd homer.

Chris Ian­netta de­liv­ered a goa­head, two-run dou­ble for Los An­ge­les, which moved within 1-1/2 games of AL West leader Hous­ton, which lost 3-1 at Oak­land.

Josh Phe­g­ley had two hits and drove in a run while Danny Va­len­cia hit a home run for the Ath­let­ics.

Oak­land starter Sonny Gray (12-4) gave up one run in his third com­plete game from his past six starts.

He pre­vailed in a pitch­ing duel against Hous­ton’s Dal­las Keuchel (13-6), who gave up three runs in 7 2-3 in­nings.

Seat­tle’s Nel­son Cruz and Robin­son Cano hit con­sec­u­tive home runs to start the sixth in­ning, pow­er­ing the Mariners to a 4-3 vic­tory over Texas.

Min­nesota’s Torii Hunter hit a ninth-in­ning homer to lift the Twins past Cleve­land 10-9, end­ing the Twins’ five-game los­ing se­quence.

Washington pitcher Drew Storen gave up a grand slam to Car­los Gon­za­lez in the eighth in­ning, as the Na­tion­als blew a four-run lead and lost 5-4 to Colorado.

Bos­ton’s David Or­tiz home­red and Han­ley Ramirez and Xan­der Bo­gaerts added two-run dou­bles to lead the Red Sox past Detroit 7-2.

Ari­zona’s Chase An­der­son pitched seven score­less in­nings in his re­turn from a tri­ceps strain, steer­ing the Di­a­mond­backs to a 2-0 win against Cincinnati.

Philadelphia’s Cameron Rupp hit a lead­off homer in the 12th in­ning — the Phillies fourth home run of the game — to pro­duce a 4-3 win against San Diego.

At­lanta’s Nick Markakis had three hits, in­clud­ing a tie-break­ing two-run dou­ble in the sev­enth in­ning, as the Braves beat Mi­ami 6-3.

AP

Los An­ge­les An­gels’ Johnny Gi­avotella, rear, cel­e­brates with David Mur­phy af­ter they scored on a dou­ble by Chris Ian­netta dur­ing the sixth in­ning of a base­ball game against the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles in Ana­heim, Cal­i­for­nia, Fri­day, Aug. 7.

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