Kazmir pitches the Astros over Greinke to whip Dodgers 3-1
Scott Kazmir pitched six solid innings, and Jose Altuve and Luis Valbuena homered as the Houston Astros defeated Zack Greinke and the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1 Saturday.
A night after teammate Mike Fiers pitched a no- hitter against the Dodgers, Kazmir (7-8) didn’t permit a runner until Jimmy Rollins singled to start the fourth inning.
The Astros won a matchup of division leaders and ended an eight- game winning streak by Greinke ( 13- 3).
Kazmir rebounded from his worst start with the Astros, giving up one run and six hits while striking out eight.
The New York Mets downed the Colorado Rockies 14-9, the exact same score for the second straight day, as Juan Uribe homered to start an eight-run burst in the third inning.
The NL East leaders got a season high- tying 21 hits, including 10 for extra bases. Every New York starter had at least one hit, with pitcher Jonathon Niese ( 8- 9) delivering a two- run single in the big third.
Toronto’s Josh Donaldson had four hits from five at bats with a three-run homer, driving in six runs and propelling the Blue Jays to a 15-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels and their 18th victory in 22 games.
Jose Bautista had a two-run triple during a seven-run fourth inning by the streaking Blue Jays. They followed up their 9-2 win at the Big A on Friday with the highest-scoring performance in three years by the majors’ most productive offense.
In Pittsburgh, Starling Marte hit a solo home run off George Kontos with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the Pirates over the San Francisco Giants 3-2.
Kang Jung-ho hit a pair of solo homers for the Pirates in the matchup of playoff contenders.
The New York Yankees downed the Cleveland Indians 6-2 as Luis Severino earned his first major league win, and Brett Gardner and Brian McCann each hit a pair of home runs.
Making his fourth career start, the 21- year- old Severino ( 1- 2) gave up a one-out homer in the first to fellow rookie Francisco Lindor, but yielded only two singles and four walks in the remainder of his gritty innings.
In other games, Salvador Perez hit a three-run homer as the AL Central-leading Kansas City Royals ended the Boston Red Sox’ four- game winning streak 6-3, the Minnesota Twins edged the Baltimore Orioles 3-2, the Texas Rangers downed the Detroit Tigers 5-3, the Chicago Cubs beat the Atlanta Braves 9-7 and the Washington Nationals were 6-1 winners over the Milwaukee Brewers.
Paul Goldschmidt hit a pair of two-run homers as the Arizona Diamondbacks trounced the Cincinnati Reds 11- 7, the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Miami Marlins 4-2, the San Diego Padres Blanked the Str. Louis Cardinals 8-0, the Tampa Bay Rays eased past the Oakland Athletics 5-4 and the Chicago White Sox needed 10 innings to beat the Seattle Mariners 6-3.
(Top) Toronto Blue Jays center fielder Kevin Pillar climbs the wall as he tries to get to a ball hit for a solo home run by Los Angeles Angels’ C.J. Cron during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, California, Saturday, Aug. 22. (Above) San Diego Padres relief pitcher Bud Norris points to the dugout as he walks off the mound after getting a strike out to end the St. Louis Cardinals threat in the seventh inning of a baseball game in San Diego, Saturday.