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Cody Bellinger hit his 38th homer to match the Na­tional League sin­gle-sea­son record for rook­ies, and the Dodgers beat the Na­tion­als 3-2 Satur­day to inch closer to the NL West ti­tle.

Chase Ut­ley had two dou­bles and scored twice to help the Dodgers re­duce their magic num­ber to win the di­vi­sion to five. Los Angeles also moved seven games ahead of the Na­tion­als in the race to se­cure home-field ad­van­tage through­out the NL play­offs.

Los Angeles has won four straight since drop­ping 11 in a row. The win­ning streak in­cludes the first two games of this se­ries, which con­cludes Sun­day.

An­thony Ren­don home­red for the Na­tion­als, who have lost four of five since clinch­ing the NL East last Sun­day.


Zack Greinke pitched eight in­nings of two-hit ball and Paul Gold­schmidt hit a two-run homer as the Diamondbacks de­feated the Giants 2-0. Ari­zona won for the 20th time in 25 games and for the ninth straight time on the road. … Francisco Lin­dor hit an RBI dou­ble and the In­di­ans bounced back after hav­ing their record streak stopped at 22 by beat­ing the Royals 8-4. … Marco Estrada pitched eight ef­fi­cient in­nings, Josh Don­ald­son home­red twice among his four hits and the Blue Jays beat the Twins 7-2. Min­nesota’s loss clinched the AL Central for the In­di­ans and gave teams a chance to gain on the Twins for the fi­nal AL wild card. … Dal­las Keuchel threw six solid in­nings, Car­los Bel­tran had three hits and two RBIS and the Astros beat the Mariners 8-6 to drop their magic num­ber to one for clinch­ing the AL West ti­tle. The Astros reached 90 wins for the first time since 2004. … Kyle Hen­dricks pitched ef­fec­tively into the eighth in­ning, Ad­di­son Rus­sell home­red and the Cubs beat the Car­di­nals 4-1. … Sal Ro­mano pitched a ca­reer-high eight shutout in­nings, Jesse Winker home­red and the Reds beat the Pi­rates 2-1. … Didi Gre­go­rius and Greg Bird both home­red for the sec­ond straight game, rookie Jor­dan Mont­gomery pitched six shutout in­nings and the Yankees downed the Orioles 9-3 for their fourth straight win. The Yankees ex­tended their stretch of win­ning sea­sons to 25, the sec­ond-long­est such streak in ma­jor-league his­tory be­hind their own 39 straight from 1926-64. … Rick Por­cello took a shutout into the eighth in­ning, Mookie Betts hit his 22nd home run and the Red Sox beat the Rays 3-1. Por­cello (10-17) gave up one un­earned run in 7L in­nings, al­low­ing five hits and a walk to win for the sixth time in nine starts. Craig Kim­brel pitched the ninth for his 33rd save. … Matt David­son and Nicky Del­monico home­red, Tim An­der­son had four hits and the White Sox beat the Tigers

10-4. … Derek Di­et­rich hit a two-run homer, Adam Con­ley pitched into the sixth in­ning and the Marlins beat the Brew­ers

7-4 to stop a six-game slide. … Ja­cob degrom set a ca­reer high in wins, Do­minic Smith and Gavin Cec­chini each drove in two runs and the earned a 7-3 vic­tory over the

Mets Braves.

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