NEW YORK: First baseman Paul Goldschmidt’s three-run homer in the seventh inning keyed Arizona’s first victory over the Dodgers in seven home games, including two designated home games in Sydney, Australia.
Arizona, which entered the game with the third-lowest winning percentage in the major leagues, knocked out Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw (2-1) after 1 2/3 innings, the second shortest start of the two-time National League Cy Young Award winner’s career.
Shelby Miller finally found the command that has eluded him all season and had his best outing of 2014 as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Atlanta Braves.
He allowed only five hits, two walks and an unearned run over seven innings as the Cardinals matched their season-high winning streak of four games.
Miller (6-2) struck out seven and threw 72 of his 101 pitches for strikes. He entered the game having issued 27 walks in 44 2/3 innings, with none of his eight starts lasting longer than six innings.
Danny Duffy flirted with a perfect game before giving up a hit with two out in the seventh inning as the Kansas City Royals beat the Baltimore Orioles. The seventh began with left-fielder Alex Gordon, a three-time Gold Glove winner, making a diving catch of right fielder Nick Markakis’ fly down the line.
Moments later, Duffy’s perfect game ended when Adam Jones hit a ground-ball single to centre, extending his hitting streak to 12 games.
Duffy, who had retired 20 straight before Jones’ hit, threw 99 pitches, 67 for strikes, in seven-plus innings, walking none and striking out two.
The lowly Arizona Diamondbacks had a franchise high in runs and a season-high 21 hits as they thumped the Los Angeles Dodgers. Mark Teixeira and Brian McCann hit two-run homers and the New York Yankees matched a season-high with five homers in a big home victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Teixeira and McCann bookended New York’s third straight win by connecting in the first and ninth inning, respectively.
Juan Lagares broke out a slump with two hits and three RBIs, and Bartolo Colon allowed only two runs in eight innings as the New York Mets beat the Washington Nationals, the first victory over their division foes in the last 10 games.
Centre fielder Lagares, mired in a 5-for-27 slump entering the game, hit an RBI single in the first and a two-run home run in the third to give the Mets a 5-0 lead.
Right-hander Edwin Jackson pitched seven shutout innings and Starlin Castro delivered a go-ahead RBI double as the Chicago Cubs beat the Milwaukee Brewers.
Jackson (3-3) picked up his second win in four starts as he outdueled Brewers right-hander Matt Garza, a former Cub teammate. Garza (1-4) game up all three runs in the first inning.