ST. LOUIS (AP) — Zack Greinke pitched into the seventh inning and raised his batting average to .405 with an RBI single, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers win their 15th straight on the road with a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night.
Nick Punto was productive subbing for injured shortstop Hanley Ramirez and the Dodgers got an RBI apiece from Andre Ethier and A.J. Ellis while matching the Cincinnati Reds’ 15-game run in 1957. They’re two wins shy of the NL record set by the 1916 New York Giants.
Greinke (9-3) allowed two runs in 6 1-3 innings for his 100th career victory, allowing two hits in the third, fourth and fifth but no runs. Paco Rodriguez earned his second career save with a perfect ninth.
Adam Wainwright (13-7) gave up three runs in seven innings and failed in his third straight attempt at winning his 14th.
BRAVES 3, NATIONALS 2
WASHINGTON (AP) — Justin Upton led off the eighth inning with a tiebreaking homer, and the NL East-leading Braves extended their winning streak to a season-high 11 games by beating the fading Nationals.
Freddie Freeman drove in Atlanta’s first two runs with a pair of singles in the third and fifth. Reliever David Carpenter (3-0) earned the win by retiring all five batters he faced.
Upton’s 20th homer came on a 3-2 pitch from Tyler Clippard (6-2), who replaced Stephen Strasburg to begin the eighth.
The Nationals again failed to provide much run support for Strasburg, who struck out nine in seven innings, allowing two runs and five hits. The last five times he’s allowed two earned runs or fewer, Washington lost.
GIANTS 4, BREWERS 2
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pinch hitter Jeff Francoeur’s broken-bat single in the bottom of the eighth inning drove in the go-ahead run in the Giants’ victory over the Brewers.
Brandon Belt had three hits for the Giants, who won for the fourth time in six games. Hunter Pence walked three times and stole two bases.
Santiago Casilla (5-2) pitched the eighth for the win, while John Axford (4-5) took the loss. Sergio Romo pitched the ninth for his 27th save in 31 chances.
Juan Francisco hit a home run and drove in two for the Brewers, who have lost four of five. Jean Segura and Jonathan Lucroy each had two hits.
Giants starter Chad Gaudin gave up a run on four hits over 6 1-3 innings. He walked four and struck out eight.
Brewers starter Tyler Thornburg went six innings, allowing an unearned run on seven hits.