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Dodgers down Rockies, boost division lead

Dodgers down Rockies, boost division lead

The Los Angeles Dodgers restored their three-game lead over Colorado in the National League West with a 6-1 win over the Rockies on Wednesday.
Andre Ethier hit two of Los Angeles' three home runs, powering the Dodgers to a victory that stopped Colorado moving within a game of the divisional lead. The teams play the closer of a vital three-game series on Thursday.
Ethier gave the Dodgers a 2-0 lead in the first inning and he made it 3-1 with a solo shot leading off the fourth. James Loney's three-run homer later in the inning made it 6-1.
Cardinals 3, Astros 2
In St. Louis, pitcher Joel Pineiro worked eight strong innings to win his seventh straight decision, steering St. Louis past Houston.
The Cardinals scored all their runs in the first inning against Houston ace Roy Oswalt.
St. Louis has won 15 of its past 18 games to all but secure the NL Central title and strengthen its chances of having the league's best record.
Phillies 4, Pirates 1, 10 innings
In Pittsburgh, Ryan Howard hit a three-run home run in the 10th inning to win it for Philadelphia, defeating Pittsburgh.
after Philadelphia's bullpen blew yet another lead.
The Phillies led 1-0 going into the ninth but the Pirates tied it on their first pinch-hit homer of the season.
In the tenth, a walk and a single put runners on base for Philadelphia and though the Pirates switched to rarely-used left hander Phil Dumatrait to counter Howard, the Phillies slugger hit his 35th homer of the season to clinch victory.
Marlins 5, Mets 3
In Miami, pitcher Josh Johnson was below his best but maintained his undefeated record against New York and gave Florida a key win.
Johnson trailed early but improved to 7-0 with an ERA of 2.30 in nine career starts against the Mets, who lost their fifth straight, and their disabled list grew to 13 players when pitcher Oliver Perez was sidelined with a season-ending knee injury.
The Marlins moved within 4-1/2 games of the wild card berth.
Giants 4, Diamondbacks 3
In San Francisco, pinch-hitter Bengie Molina hit a three-run home run in the eighth inning to lift San Francisco over Arizona.
The win moved the Giants within three games of the wild card spot.
With two outs in the eighth, Arizona gave up a walk and a single, prompting a change of pitcher, but Molina went long to record only the third pinch-hit homer of his career.
The Diamondbacks have lost nine of ten.
Padres 12, Braves 5
In Atlanta, San Diego had a six-run sixth inning in a comfortable win over Atlanta.
The last-placed Padres won their second straight over the Braves, setting up a chance for their first series sweep since May.
San Diego sent 11 batters to the plate in the sixth, scoring more runs that inning than their past three games combined.
A three-run ninth to San Diego put the result beyond doubt.
Reds 4, Brewers 3, 10 innings
In Milwaukee, pinch-hitter Darnell McDonald hit a double to drive in the winning run in the 10th inning for Cincinnati, downing Milwaukee.
McDonald, who threw out Ryan Braun trying to score the winning run in the ninth inning Tuesday, hit a liner that Braun misjudged in left field.
The Reds tied the game 3-3 on a throwing error in the eighth.
Cubs 9, Nationals 4
In Chicago, the hosts scored six runs in the eighth inning to overwhelm Washington.
Milton Bradley hit a two-run homer in the third and broke a 2-2 tie in the seventh with a run-scoring fielder's choice. That kept the Cubs in the game before they batted around in the eighth.


Updated : 2021-06-24 20:30 GMT+08:00