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Heyward, Minor lead Braves past Giants 7-3

 San Francisco Giants' Gregor Blanco hits a two-run double off Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Chad Durbin during the seventh inning of their baseball g...
 Atlanta Braves center fielder Michael Bourn, right, greets pitcher Craig Kimbrel, left, at the end of their baseball game against the San Francisco G...

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San Francisco Giants' Gregor Blanco hits a two-run double off Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Chad Durbin during the seventh inning of their baseball g...

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Atlanta Braves center fielder Michael Bourn, right, greets pitcher Craig Kimbrel, left, at the end of their baseball game against the San Francisco G...

The Atlanta Braves boosted their playoff hopes by ending San Francisco's five-game winning streak Saturday as Jason Heyward hit a three-run homer in a 7-3 win over the National League West leading Giants.
Michael Bourn had two hits and two RBIs, and Reed Johnson and Martin Prado each drove in a run for the Braves, who had lost six of their last seven games and are 5 1/2 games behind the Washington Nationals in the NL East.
Atlanta left-hander Mike Minor gave up three runs and four hits in 6 2-3 innings. He also doubled, walked and scored twice.
Pinch-hitter Gregor Blanco had a two-run double for the Giants, who had won eight of 10.
Atlanta's hopes were helped by the Philadelphia Phillies' 4-2 win over the Nationals, Washington's third straight loss.
Roy Halladay outpitched Gio Gonzalez with seven solid innings and John Mayberry Jr. homered at Philadelphia for the Phillies' third straight win.
Halladay (8-7) allowed two runs and seven hits, struck out six and walked one. The right-hander, who missed 42 games with a strained muscle, is 4-1 with a 2.75 ERA in his last five starts.
Steve Lombardozzi drove in both runs for Washington, while Gonzalez gave up three runs and five hits in six innings.
Adrian Gonzalez hit a three-run homer on the second pitch he saw in a Los Angeles Dodgers uniform, and Andre Ethier equalied a franchise record with his 10th straight hit in an 8-2 victory over the Miami Marlins.
Clayton Kershaw (12-7) pitched three-hit ball over eight innings for the new-look Dodgers, hours after they acquired Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett in a blockbuster trade with Boston.
Ethier and Mark Ellis also went deep for Los Angeles.
The Detroit Tigers used a two-run double from Jhonny Peralta to beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-3 and stay in touch of the American League Central lead.
Detroit trails the Chicago White Sox by 2 1/2 games in the Central division.
The Tigers trailed 3-0 before scoring twice in the sixth inning and took the lead in their last at-bat. With runners on first and third, Peralta hit a line drive just fair down the left-field line off Garrett Richards (3-3). Alex Avila added an RBI single.
Octavio Dotel (4-2) threw two scoreless innings for the win. Jose Valverde pitched a perfect ninth for his 26th save in 30 chances.
Vernon Wells homered for the Angels, who had won four straight. Dan Haren allowed two runs in 5 2-3 innings.
Cleveland ended a nine-game losing streak as Justin Masterson handled New York's power-packed lineup for 6 2-3 innings and Michael Brantley hit a three-run homer in a 3-1 win over the Yankees.
It's the second time this month that Masterson (10-11) has ended a long losing streak for the Indians. On Aug. 8, he beat Minnesota and stopped Cleveland's 11-game slide, one loss shy of the club record.
Brantley homered in the first inning off Hiroki Kuroda (12-9) as the Indians, who were in playoff contention in late July, held on to win for just the fifth time in 27 games. Cleveland is 5-18 in August.
Despite the loss, the AL East-leading Yankees remained 3 1/2 games ahead of Tampa Bay
In Saturday's other AL games, Ian Kinsler hit a leadoff home run and Mitch Moreland launched a 463-foot shot to give the AL West leading Texas Rangers a 9-3 win over the Minnesota Twins for their fourth straight win.
The Oakland Athletics beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2, the Baltimore Orioles downed the Toronto Blue Jays 8-2 and the Chicago White Sox edged the Seattle Mariners 5-4.
In the NL, the Colorado Rockies beat the Chicago Cubs 4-3, the New York Mets downed the Houston Astros 3-1, the Cincinnati Reds trounced the St. Louis Cardinals 8-2, the Milwaukee Brewers blanked the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-0 and the San Diego Cardinals downed the Arizona Diamondbacks 9-3.


Updated : 2021-05-07 21:13 GMT+08:00