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Dodgers win to cost Giants outright NL lead

May 11, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles’ Yasiel Puig and Dee Gordon broke open a tied game with consecutive RBI doubles in the seventh inning to lift the Dodgers to a 6-2 win over San Francisco on Saturday, with the Giants losing their outright lead in the National League.

San Francisco dropped into a tie with Milwaukee, which edged the New York Yankees 5-4, while other key games saw Oakland beat Washington in 10 innings to maintain its buffer atop the American League West, and Colorado win easily at Cincinnati to make up ground on the Giants in the NL West.

The Dodgers took the lead in the seventh inning against San Francisco reliever Jeremy Affeldt (0-1) when Drew Butera doubled and scored on Gordon’s hit inside third base. Puig then greeted replacement pitcher Jean Machi with a ground-rule double into the left field corner.

Matt Kemp homered in the eighth to pad the lead.

Milwaukee’s Rickie Weeks hit a two-out RBI single in the seventh inning which proved to be the winner as the Brewers beat the Yankees 5-4.

After Jonathan Lucroy moved to third on a balk, Weeks hit a chopper which skipped through the gap into left field off Alfredo Aceves (0-1), who was called for a balk two pitches earlier.

Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez earned his league-leading 15th save after allowing two hits to the warning track in right field in the ninth inning.

Oakland’s John Jaso doubled in pinch-runner Nick Punto with two outs in the 10th inning to give the Athletics a 4-3 win over Washington.

The A’s scored twice in the ninth off Nationals’ closer Rafael Soriano to force extra innings, after having been limited to only two hits across the first eight innings.

Alberto Callaspo singled off reliever Drew Storen (2-1) to lead off the 10th before Punto replaced him at first. After two outs, Jaso hit a towering fly ball that ricocheted off the scoreboard in right field as Punto rounded the bases and scored.

Colorado’s Corey Dickerson hit two home runs and two doubles to drive in a career-high four runs and power the Rockies to an 11-2 win at Cincinnati.

Charlie Blackmon, Justin Morneau and Troy Tulowitzki also homered for the Rockies, who got 11 extra-base hits.

Nolan Arenado doubled twice, a day after his franchise-record 28-game hitting streak ended.

San Diego’s Chase Headley hit a three-run homer in his return to the lineup, helping the Padres defeat Miami 9-3.

Headley, who came off the 15-day disabled list before the game, connected on a 2-2 fastball from Carlos Marmol (0-3) to cap a four-run sixth inning and give the Padres a 6-2 lead.

Seth Smith drove in four runs for San Diego, which had been averaging a majors-low 2.8 runs per game before scoring 19 runs across the past two games.

Boston won 8-3 at Texas, with David Ortiz getting a homer and a double.

Ortiz pulled the first pitch of the third into the right-field seats. His double into the right-field corner came an inning later, when he scored as a part of a four-run outburst for a 6-0 lead.

Shane Victorino drove in four runs with three hits for the Red Sox.

Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera hit a three-run homer in a six-run second inning which set up the Tigers’ 9-3 win over Minnesota.

Cabrera connected for his fifth homer of the season, tagging Kyle Gibson (3-3).

Detroit starter Max Scherzer (5-1) wasn’t sharp yet still won, giving up five hits in six innings with six strikeouts.

Los Angeles’ Tyler Skaggs pitched into the ninth inning and retired 21 straight batters, guiding the Angels to a 5-3 win over Toronto.

Skaggs (3-1) gave up only two hits over the first eight innings — not allowing a single base-runner from the second through eighth innings — before leaving after allowing back-to-back singles to start the ninth.

Rookie C.J. Cron hit his first major league homer and Chris Iannetta added a two-run shot as the Angels won their sixth in a row at Toronto.

Seattle’s Chris Young pitched eight efficient innings to steer the Mariners to a 3-1 win over Kansas City.

Pittsburgh’s Pedro Alvarez singled in the go-ahead run in the fourth inning and the Pirates hung on to edge St. Louis 4-3 and win for the fourth-straight game.

Philadelphia’s Ryan Howard had four hits, including a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning, to lead the Phillies to a 5-4 win at the New York Mets.

Arizona’s Wade Miley pitched seven strong innings to help the Diamondbacks edge the Chicago White Sox 4-3.

Tampa Bay ended a run of four-successive defeats by beating Cleveland 7-1, with Erik Bedard pitching six scoreless innings.

Atlanta’s Ervin Santana threw seven scoreless innings as the Braves shut out the Chicago Cubs 2-0.

Baltimore’s Steve Clevenger hit an RBI double in the 10th inning to give the Orioles a 5-4 win over Houston, extending their winning streak to five games.

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