Albuquerque Journal

Dodgers believe they are back on track

Rookie Bellinger hits 38th homer as LA wins fourth straight game


WASHINGTON — Cody Bellinger hit his 38th homer to match the National League single-season record for rookies, and the Los Angeles Dodgers moved closer to the NL West title with a 3-2 win over the Washington Nationals on Saturday.

Chase Utley had two doubles and scored twice to help Los Angeles reduce its magic number to win the division to five. Rich Hill (10-8) and five relievers combined on a four-hitter.

Los Angeles also moved seven games ahead of Washington in the race to secure homefield advantage throughout the NL playoffs. The Dodgers have won four straight since dropping 11 in a row.

Anthony Rendon homered for the Nationals, who have lost four of five since clinching the NL East last Sunday. A.J. Cole (2-5) allowed three runs in five-plus innings.

Kenley Jansen worked a perfect ninth for his 38th save.

ASTROS 8, MARINERS 6: In Houston, Dallas Keuchel threw six solid innings, Carlos Beltran had three hits and two RBIs and the Astros lowered their magic number for clinching the AL West title to one.

INDIANS 8, ROYALS 4: In Cleveland, Francisco Lindor hit an RBI double and the Indians bounced back after having their record streak stopped at 22. With the win and Minnesota’s loss later in the day, the Indians clinched the AL Central. Cleveland has the AL’s best record.

REDS 2, PIRATES 1: In Cincinnati, Sal Romano pitched a career-high eight shutout innings, Jesse Winker homered and the Reds beat reeling Pittsburgh.

Romano (5-6) allowed five hits, struck out six and walked none while improving to 3-1 over his last six starts. Elias Diaz’s one-out double in the fifth was the only runner to get past first base against the rookie right-hander.

CUBS 4, CARDINALS 1: In Chicago, Kyle Hendricks pitched effectivel­y into the eighth inning, Addison Russell homered and Chicago increased its NL Central lead to 3⅓ games over Milwaukee and five over St. Louis. Albert Almora Jr. had three hits and two RBIs for the Cubs.

YANKEES 9, ORIOLES 3: In New York, Didi Gregorius and Greg Bird homered for the second straight game, rookie Jordan Montgomery pitched six shutout innings and New York won its fourth straight game.

RED SOX 3, RAYS 1: In St. Petersburg, Fla., Rick Porcello took a shutout into the eighth inning, Mookie Betts hit his 22nd home run and Boston beat Tampa Bay.

The win reduced Boston’s magic number for clinching a playoff spot to six and kept its AL East lead over the New York Yankees at three games.

BLUE JAYS 7, TWINS 2: In Minneapoli­s, Marco Estrada pitched eight efficient innings, Josh Donaldson homered twice among his four hits and Toronto topped Minnesota, which holds the AL’s second wild card.

MARLINS 7, BREWERS 4: In Milwaukee, Derek Dietrich hit a two-run homer, Adam Conley pitched into the sixth and Miami beat Milwaukee to stop a six-game slide.

METS 7, BRAVES 3: In Atlanta, Jacob deGrom set a career high in wins, Dominic Smith and Gavin Cecchini each drove in two runs and the Mets snapped a five-game skid with a victory over Atlanta.

DeGrom (15-9) allowed five hits, one run and two walks in seven innings. He struck out seven while topping his personal mark of 14 victories in 2015.

WHITE SOX 10, TIGERS 4: In Detroit, Matt Davidson and Nicky Delmonico homered, Tim Anderson had four hits and the White Sox captured their season series with the Tigers for the first time since 2008.

The White Sox have won 10 of 18 against Detroit this year.

D’BACKS 2, GIANTS 0: In San Francisco, Zack Greinke pitched eight innings of two-hit ball and Paul Goldschmid­t hit a two-run homer as Arizona beat San Francisco, reducing the Diamondbac­ks magic number for clinching a playoff berth to six.

ROCKIES 16, PADRES 0: In Denver, Tyler Anderson pitched six innings in his first start since returning from left knee surgery, Charlie Blackmon set an NL season record for RBIs by a leadoff man, and Colorado blasted San Diego in a game marred by a near brawl.

PHILLIES 5, ATHLETICS 3: In Philadelph­ia, Jorge Alfaro homered and Philadelph­ia’s relievers pitched six strong innings after a rain delay to lead the Phillies over Oakland.

ANGELS 2, RANGERS 0: In Anaheim, Calif., Justin Upton hit two home runs, Parker Bridwell outpitched Cole Hamels and Los Angeles moved up in the AL wild-card race by beating Texas.

The Angels closed within one game of Minnesota for the second wild-card spot.

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