Two home runs give Dodgers win
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Joc Pederson hit a leadoff homer and a two-run shot as the Los Angeles Dodgers set a National League record with their 250th long ball this season in beating the Colorado Rockies 7-3 Wednesday night to complete a three-game sweep.
Pederson, on a powerful tear at the plate, socked five homers and a double in a string of six at-bats that dated back to Sunday. He sat out Tuesday, one day after crashing into the outfield wall to make a catch.
The Dodgers’ magic number dropped to four to clinch their seventh straight NL West title.
Los Angeles surpassed the previous NL home run mark of 249 set by Houston in 2000. The Dodgers slugged 12 homers in the series while outscoring the Rockies 28-15.
Colorado lost its season-high ninth in a row and 11th straight at Dodger Stadium.
Adam Kolarek (6-3) got two outs for the win.
Ryu Hyun-jin, the NL starter in the All-Star Game, was looking to bounce back after his worst stretch of the season. He ended up with a no-decision after losing three in a row. During that stretch, Ryu’s ERA has jumped from 1.45 to 2.45, the highest it’s been since May.
Ryu allowed three runs and six hits in 4 1/3 innings, his third consecutive start in which the left-hander hasn’t gone beyond the fifth inning. He struck out five and walked a season-high four.
Pederson had four homers in the series, hitting two of the Dodgers’ seven in a 16-9 victory Monday in which he tied his career high with five RBIs.
In the finale, Pederson’s two-run drive in the fourth extended the lead to 7-2 and scored Ryu, who singled with two outs to keep the inning going.
Sandwiched around Pederson’s homers was a four-run third inning in which the Dodgers played small ball for a change. Corey Seager and Cody Bellinger had RBI singles. Justin Turner grounded into a fielder’s choice that scored Pederson, and Turner came home on Matt Beaty’s groundout to third.
The Dodgers were limited to one hit by Colorado’s bullpen over the final four innings.
The Rockies’ runs came on RBI singles by Ryan McMahon, Drew Butera and Ian Desmond.
Colorado’s Antonio Senzatela (8-10) gave up five runs for a franchise-record seventh straight game along with four hits in three innings of his fourth straight loss. He struck out one and walked one in his career-high 21st start of the season.
Senzatela is the first major league pitcher to allow five or more runs in seven straight games since 2011, according to Elias Sports Bureau.
Yankees 4, Rangers 1
NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge hit a go-ahead, two-run homer to keep up his power resurgence, Gleyber Torres added his 34th home run and the New York Yankees beat the Texas Rangers 4-1 Wednesday night to move 43 games over .500 for the first time since 2009.
Judge is hitting .317 with eight homers and 12 RBIs in his last 15 games. He connected off Lance Lynn (14-10) in the third inning to become the fifth Yankees player with 20 homers this season.
Torres homered in the fourth, tying Gary Sanchez for the team lead and joining Joe DiMaggio as the only Yankees to hit 34 homers at age 22 or younger. The home run was the 200th off the Rangers this season.
New York improved to 92-49, including 11-2 when using Chad Green as an opener.
Green pitched two innings and Luis Cessa (2-1) followed with three. Cory Gearrin allowed a ninth-inning homer to Rougned Odor.
Lynn dropped to 0-4 in his last six starts. Texas matched its season worst of five games under .500 at 68-73.
Athletics 4, Angels 0
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Sean Murphy homered for his first hit in his major league debut, Marcus Semien added a two-run shot two batters later and Oakland blanked Los Angeles.
Murphy connected off Jake Jewell in the fifth inning and replays showed his proud parents cheering and celebrating in the stands.
Jurickson Profar went deep against Patrick Sandoval (0-2) as the A’s slugged away to give Tanner Roark (9-8) plenty of support — not to mention sparkling defense.
Roark pitched 6 2/3 innings, his third scoreless outing of the season. The right-hander gave up five hits and struck out six in his sixth start for the A’s since being acquired from Cincinnati at the trade deadline.
Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson, right, celebrates his two-run home run with Ryu Hyun-jin during the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday in Los Angeles.