DODGERS MAKE IT NINE STRAIGHT WINS WITH HELP FROM MAEDA

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AT­LANTA» Kenta Maeda al­lowed only two hits in seven score­less in­nings, Cody Bellinger home­red and the streak­ing Dodgers beat the Braves 3-2 on Tues­day night for their ninth straight win.

The Braves were shut down by Maeda (10-4) but cut their deficit to one with Jo­han Ca­margo’s two-run homer off Josh Ravin in the eighth. At­lanta ended the in­ning with Bran­don Phillips, who had a pinch-hit sin­gle, on third base.

Bellinger led off the fourth with his 29th homer into the Braves’ bullpen in right­cen­ter off Lu­cas Sims (0-1).

Sims and sec­ond base­man Ozzie Al­bies made their ma­jor league de­buts for At­lanta, which has lost six in a row.

Ken­ley Jansen struck out the side in the ninth to earn his 28th save in 29 chances.

TUES­DAY’S HIGH­LIGHTS

Max Scherzer hit his first ca­reer homer to help build a six-run lead, but he pitched only one in­ning be­fore de­part­ing with a neck spasm, and the Mar­lins ral­lied to beat the Na­tion­als 7-6. Scherzer slept funny and left the game as a pre­cau­tion, the Na­tion­als said. The Mar­lins took the lead with a four-run fifth in­ning. Mar­cell Ozuna hit a three-run homer off Matt Al­bers (5-2), and Derek Di­et­rich’s RBI triple put Mi­ami ahead 7-6. … John Hicks hit a three-run homer in his first big league game in more than a month, Justin Up­ton added a solo drive off CC Sa­bathia, and the Tigers held on to beat the Yan­kees 4-3. A 27-year-old rookie re­called Mon­day for his fifth ma­jor-league stint this sea­son, Hicks drove a slider over the right-cen­ter field wall in the sec­ond in­ning, cap­ping a 10-pitch at-bat. Up­ton made it 4-0 in the third when he hit a full-count slider to left-cen­ter for his 18th homer. … Dy­lan Bundy al­lowed three hits over a ca­reer­high eight in­nings, new­comer Tim Beck­ham had two hits and scored twice and the resur­gent Orioles beat the Roy­als 7-2 for their fourth straight vic­tory. Bundy (10-8) struck out five and walked one. The righthander had not pitched more than seven in­nings in any of his pre­vi­ous 34 ma­jor­league starts. … Billy Hamil­ton hit a three­run homer and tripled, Eu­ge­nio Suarez and rookie Jesse Winker also went deep, and the Reds over­whelmed the Pi­rates 9-1. Hamil­ton tripled and scored in the first in­ning. Then he sent a pitch from Jame­son Tail­lon (6-5) into the right-field seats in the sec­ond for his third home run of the sea­son as the last-place Reds beat Pitts­burgh again. … Jimmy Nel­son fi­nally beat St. Louis with six strong in­nings, and the Brew­ers held on for a 3-2 vic­tory over the Car­di­nals. Nel­son (9-5) en­tered 0-8 with a 7.01 ERA in 11 ap­pear­ances (10 starts) against the Car­di­nals. … Chris­tian Vazquez hit a two-run home run in the bot­tom of the ninth to give the Red Sox a 12-10 win over the In­di­ans. … Jon Lester hit his first ma­jor-league homer and struck out nine to reach 2,000 for his ca­reer, help­ing the Cubs pound the Diamondbacks 16-4. … Robin­son Cano dou­bled twice and drove in three runs as the Mariners beat the Rangers 8-7. Cano’s two-run dou­ble in the sixth was the 499th of his ca­reer, mov­ing him into a time with Rusty Staub for 63rd in MLB his­tory. … Evan Lon­go­ria be­came the sec­ond Tampa Bay player to hit for the cy­cle and drove in three runs to lead the Rays over the Astros 6-4. … Justin Smoak hit his 31st homer, Josh Don­ald­son home­red and drove in three runs, and the Blue Jays beat the White Sox 8-4.

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