WASHINGTON (AP) — Jhoulys Chacin pitched seven shutout innings and hit an RBI single, and the Colorado Rockies snapped their five-game losing streak by beating the Washington Nationals 7-1 on Saturday.
DJ LeMahieu hit his first home run and Michael Cuddyer’s RBI single in the first extended his hitting streak to 20 games, the longest active streak in the majors and tied for the longest this season. Nolan Arenado also went deep for Colorado.
Chacin (6-3) held Washington to five hits with one walk and three strikeouts to win his third straight start.
Dan Haren (4-9) allowed six runs and seven hits in 3 1-3 innings.
Making his major league debut, Rockies outfielder Corey Dickerson doubled in his first two at-bats and drove in a run during a three-run first inning.
Ryan Zimmerman’s ninth-inning homer prevented Washington from being shut out for the ninth time this season.
Cuddyer has reached base safely in 39 straight games, breaking the Rockies record set by Matt Holliday in 2007.
DIAMONDBACKS 4, REDS 3
PHOENIX (AP) — Jason Kubel hit a two-run single in the ninth inning to rally Arizona past Aroldis Chapman and Cincinnati for its fourth straight victory.
Jay Bruce’s second home run of the game gave the Reds a 3-2 lead in the top of the ninth.
Paul Goldschmidt singled past Joey Votto at first base leading off the bottom half before Chapman (3-3) issued consecutive walks to Miguel Montero and Cody Ross. With the infield drawn in, Kubel singled over second base for his third career game-ending hit and first since May 22, 2010.
Brad Ziegler (4-1) replaced Heath Bell after Bruce’s second home run and earned the win.
Gerardo Parra hit a two-run homer for the Diamondbacks.
Starting pitchers Mike Leake and Patrick Corbin dueled for eight innings before turning the game over to the bullpens. Leake retired his first 17 batters.
GIANTS 2, MARLINS 1, 11 INNINGS
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hector Sanchez singled home the winning run in the 11th inning and San Francisco snapped a nine-game home losing streak to Miami.
Giants right fielder Hunter Pence made a diving catch to rob Placido Polanco of a likely go-ahead single to end the 11th. The Giants beat the Marlins at home for the first time since July 28, 2010.
Barry Zito pitched seven strong innings with a heavy heart three days after his father’s death. He allowed only Ed Lucas’ first career home run in the first.
Mike Dunn (2-2) allowed Gregor Blanco’s infield single to start the 11th, and Ryan Webb gave up Buster Posey’s infield single. Pence was intentionally walked and Sanchez singled to left for his third game-ending hit.
Blanco hit a tying double in the fifth for the Giants. Sandy Rosario (2-0) got the win.
PHILLIES 8, METS 7
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pinch-hitter Kevin Frandsen homered leading off the bottom of the ninth inning to lift Philadelphia over New York after the Mets wiped out a six-run deficit.
Helped by some shaky Phillies defense, New York scored two runs in the top of the ninth off closer Jonathon Papelbon (2-0) to tie it.
Ryan Howard homered twice and drove in four runs. Michael Young also homered for Philadelphia, which led 7-1 through six innings.
Jordany Valdespin homered in the ninth off Papelbon, who has blown three of his last four save chances after converting his first 13 this season.
Frandsen hit a long home run on the second pitch from Carlos Torres (0-1).
Phillies starter Jonathan Pettibone allowed one run in six innings before leaving with a back injury.
BREWERS 2, BRAVES 0
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Francisco Rodriguez earned his 300th career save, finishing off Milwaukee’s second straight 2-0 victory over slumping Atlanta.
Donovan Hand, making his first big league start, allowed two hits in 4 2-3 innings for the Brewers. He struck out three in helping to extend Atlanta’s scoreless streak to 24 innings.
Burke Badenhop (1-3) got Chris Johnson on a grounder to end the fifth.
Milwaukee has beaten the Braves eight straight times at Miller Park, outscoring them 31-9.
Tim Hudson (4-7) lost his sixth consecutive decision despite giving up only two runs hits in six innings. He allowed RBI singles to Juan Francisco and Aramis Ramirez.
The Braves have scored 10 runs in Hudson’s last nine starts. He has not won any of them.
DODGERS 6, PADRES 1
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Zack Greinke allowed one run over eight sharp innings and Adrian Gonzalez ended Edinson Volquez’s no-hit bid with a homer in the sixth as Los Angeles beat San Diego.
In his first outing in San Diego since breaking his collarbone in an April brawl with Carlos Quentin, Greinke (4-2) had a season-high eight strikeouts. He yielded four hits and walked one in his longest outing of the season.
San Diego’s home winning streak was snapped at eight.
Hanley Ramirez homered into the third deck in left field and the Dodgers capitalized on several Padres miscues to snap a three-game skid.
A wild Volquez (5-6) did not give up a hit until Gonzalez, the former Padres first baseman, led off the sixth with his ninth home run. The right-hander walked a career-high seven and struck out seven in 5 2-3 innings. He lost for the first time in six starts.
Quentin was 0 for 3 with two strikeouts against Greinke.
RANGERS 4, CARDINALS 2
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Nelson Cruz got the decisive hit for the second straight game with a two-run homer in the third inning and Martin Perez prevailed in a matchup of rookie starters as Texas beat St. Louis.
Shelby Miller (8-5) allowed two homers for the second time in three starts and didn’t make it out of the sixth.
A.J. Pierzynski also hit a two-run shot for Texas, which goes for a three-game sweep Sunday night.
Perez (1-1) was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock, where he was 5-1 with a 1.75 ERA. The lefty allowed a run in each of the first two innings but gave up just two hits the next five innings and retired the last 10.
Joe Nathan worked a perfect ninth for his 24th save in 25 chances. The start of the game was delayed 66 minutes by rain.
ASTROS 4, CUBS 3
CHICAGO (AP) — Ronny Cedeno’s squeeze bunt scored Justin Maxwell with the tiebreaking run in the ninth inning to lead Houston over Chicago.
J.D. Martinez tied the game with a three-run homer in the sixth for the Astros.
Jose Cisnero (2-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win, escaping a bases-loaded jam in the eighth. Jose Veras earned his 15th save in 18 chances.
Maxwell hit a leadoff double in the ninth against Kevin Gregg (2-1) and moved to third on Matt Dominguez’s sacrifice. Cedeno followed with another sacrifice bunt, putting the Astros ahead.
Nate Schierholtz hit his career-high 10th homer for the Cubs and Luis Valbuena had a two-run single.