Kazmir pitches the Astros over Greinke to whip Dodgers 3-1

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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.

AP

(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.

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