Two home runs give Dodgers win

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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.

AP-Yon­hap

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.

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