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2:55 AM, Aug 3, 2013   |    comments
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Chicago, IL (Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Dodgers cruised to a 6-2 win in the second game of a four-game series against the Chicago Cubs and made some history along the way. The Dodgers, who have won 12 of 14 since the All-Star Break, picked up their 12th straight road win to match an 89-year-old franchise record. Nick Punto helped Los Angeles get there, knocking in two runs and scoring another on a pair of hits, including a double. Yasiel Puig went 2-3, with an RBI and a run scored, and raised his average to .371. Hyun-Jin Ryu (10-3) battled through 5 1/3 innings to pick up his third straight winning decision. He gave up two runs on 11 hits. Ryu hasn't lost since June 19. Los Angeles battered All-Star Travis Wood (7-8) for five runs on seven hits and five walks in 3 1/3 innings. Junior Lake went 4-for-5 for the Cubs, picking up his second career four-hit game in his 16th game, but the Cubs lost for the fifth time in six games.

Final Score: Atlanta 6, Philadelphia 4

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Brian McCann and Chris Johnson stroked back-to-back homers as part of a five-run fifth inning that lifted the Atlanta Braves to a 6-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies Friday in the opener of a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park. Johnson added a double in Atlanta's eighth straight victory to extend his streak of multi-hit games to eight, tying a franchise record for the longest such stretch in club history. Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Joey Terdoslavich chipped in with RBI apiece to provide just enough run support for starter Kris Medlen (8-10), who struck out eight and gave up four runs on six hits over six frames to earn the win. David Carpenter and Jordan Walden each pitched a perfect inning in relief before Craig Kimbrel fired a 1-2-3 ninth to secure his 32nd save. Atlanta did all of its damage against Philadelphia starter Ethan Martin, who was making his major league debut after lefty Cliff Lee was scratched from his second straight start with a neck strain. Martin (0-1) surrendered all six runs on eight hits and three walks over 4 1/3 frames to absorb the loss. Delmon Young, Chase Utley and Darin Ruf each clubbed a solo shot for the Phillies, who have lost 11 of their last 12 games.

Final Score: Colorado 4, Pittsburgh 2

Pittsburgh, PA (Sports Network) - Jhoulys Chacin pitched eight strong innings and Troy Tulowitzki homered in Colorado's 4-2 win over the NL Central-leading Pittsburgh Pirates. Chacin (10-5), who retired the final 14 batters he faced, gave up six hits, a run and had three strikeouts. Tulowitzki and Todd Helton each drove in two runs for the Rockies, who snapped a four-game skid. Gerrit Cole (5-5) allowed three hits and three runs over 5 1/3 innings. The rookie right-hander also had six strikeouts, but lost for the fifth time in his last six starts. Andrew McCutchen and Pedro Alvarez each knocked in a run for the Pirates, who took four of five games from the Cardinals earlier this week to take over first place in their division. The Bucs were throttled, 13-0, in the finale of that series Thursday night.

Final Score: St. Louis 13, Cincinnati 3

Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - Daniel Descalso had his first career multi- homer game and David Freese drove in four runs, as the Cardinals walloped the Cincinnati Reds, 13-3, in the opener of a three-game set from Great American Ball Park. Descalso, who was one of three players with three hits for St. Louis, belted a solo homer in the fifth inning off Curtis Partch and added another solo shot in the seventh against Logan Ondrusek. Allen Craig also went deep and knocked in three runs. Jon Jay had three RBI and Carlos Beltran went 3-for-3 with four runs scored. The Cardinals, who were overtaken by the Pirates after losing four of five in Pittsburgh, have cranked up the offense the last two nights. They ripped the Pirates, 13-0, on Thursday. Shelby Miller (11-7) had eight strikeouts over five-plus innings to win for the third time in four decisions. Joey Votto clubbed a three-run homer for the Reds, who lost for the sixth time in seven contests. Bronson Arroyo (9-9) was shelled for eight hits and seven runs in a season-short 3 2/3 innings.

Final Score: Arizona 7, Boston 6

Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Cody Ross finished 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles, a game-winning home run, three RBI and two runs scored, helping Arizona take a 7-6 decision over Boston in the opener of a three-game interleague set from Fenway Park. Paul Goldschmidt clubbed a two-run shot, while Martin Prado added two doubles, scored twice and drove in a run for the D-Backs, who have won two of three. Randall Delgado (4-3) labored through six innings, allowing six hits and six runs -- four earned -- but fanned seven and walked just one for the victory. Stephen Drew homered to fuel a three- RBI performance, and David Ortiz hit a two-run shot for the Red Sox, who failed to maintain momentum after sweeping Seattle in the series prior. Pedro Beato (1-1) served up Ross' deciding blast. Starter Jon Lester lasted only 4 1/3 frames, tagged for 11 hits and six runs with six strikeouts.

Final Score: San Francisco 4, Tampa Bay 1

St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - When Brandon Belt homered in the fifth inning, Tampa Bay starter Chris Archer didn't respond. Archer, with a serene presence on the mound, retrieved another baseball without any, if any, reaction. In Belt's next trip up in the seventh, he evoked a much more intense response from Archer. The right-hander, who had only given up one earned run over his four previous starts, tensed up on contact, then hopped with fleeting hope it'd find a glove until ultimately watching Belt's long fly ball hit the base of the center-field fence. Belt's triple broke a 1-1 tie and paved the way to a three-run rally that lifted the Giants over the Rays, 4-1 in the opener of a three-game series. Brandon Crawford followed Belt's triple with a two-run home run, his seventh of the season. Belt finished with three hits, two runs scored and two RBI to lead San Francisco to its third straight win. Madison Bumgarner (11-6) picked up his fourth win in five decisions after he gave up one run on seven hits with 11 strikeouts in seven innings. Archer (6-4) was tagged for four runs on seven hits and three walks in seven innings, while he took the loss for the first time in six decisions. Jose Lobaton had a double and his first career triple for the Rays, who lost their second straight game.

Final Score: Miami 10, Cleveland 0

Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Jose Fernandez struck out a career-high 14 batters over eight scoreless innings as the Miami Marlins pounded the Cleveland Indians, 10-0, in the opener of a three-game interleague set. Fernandez (8-5) scattered three hits and walked just one batter to pick up his third straight win. The 21-year-old rookie became the first pitcher to strike out at least 13 batters in consecutive games since 2004 and the first rookie to accomplish the feat since Kerry Wood in 1998. Logan Morrison drove in four runs and finished a homer shy of the cycle. Donovan Solonao had two RBI, while Adeiny Hechavarria and Jake Marisnick each had three hits and an RBI for the Marlins, winners in three straight. Ubaldo Jimenez (8-6) was tagged for five runs -- two earned -- on nine hits over four innings to absorb the loss.

Final Score: NY Mets 4, Kansas City 2 (11 innings)

Flushing, NY (Sports Network) - Eric Young's first home run as a New York Met came at a crucial time. His two-run homer in the bottom of the 11th inning lifted the Mets to a 4-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals, in the opener of a three-game interleague series at Citi Field. With Luis Mendoza (2-6) pitching for the Royals, Omar Quintanilla walked with one out. After Justin Turner popped out, Young clubbed a 3-1 fastball over the right-field wall. Carlos Torres (2-2) pitched two scoreless innings to pick up the win. Starter Dillon Gee allowed just one run on three hits and a pair of walks over seven innings but ended up with a no-decision. David Wright also hit a two-run home run, the 220th of his career, tying Mike Piazza for second all-time in franchise history. However, bad news struck for him in the bottom of the 10th. While reaching first on an infield single, he pulled his right hamstring and exited the game. Salvador Perez and Lorenzo Cain had an RBI apiece for Kansas City, which was looking for its first 10-game winning streak since winning 14 in a row in 1994.

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