Another Gem by Greinke...Cards Closing in on Pirates...No. 46 for Davis 8/22/13
UNDATED - Zack Greinke (GREHN'-kee) allowed one run in eight innings to win his fourth start in a row and the Los Angeles Dodgers took advantage of sloppy defense by the Miami Marlins for the second consecutive night in a 4-1 victory. Greinke improved to 12-3, allowing six hits, and lowered his ERA to 2.91.
The Marlins' lone run came on a first-inning homer by Giancarlo Stanton, and they had only one hit after the fourth inning.
Miami committed a season-high three errors, including two in the Dodgers' three-run fourth inning. Two Marlins errors led to two unearned in their 6-4 loss Tuesday.
In other NL finals:
- Carlos Beltran and Allen Craig hit towering home runs in a six-run second inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals held off the Milwaukee Brewers 8-6. Matt Holliday also homered and Shane Robinson had three hits for the Cardinals, who have climbed within a game of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL Central race.
-- San Diego nipped Pittsburgh 2-1. Ian Kennedy pitched seven strong innings, combining with two relievers on a four-hitter. Yonder Alonso drove in two runs as the Padres avoided a three-game sweep.
- Braves third baseman Chris Johnson banged a three-run home run in the top of the 10th inning in a 4-1 win over the Mets in New York. Johnson connected on the first pitch from reliever Greg Burke threw since being recalled from the minors on Sunday. The NL East leading Braves have won 20 of their last 24.
-- Philadelphia rallied with two in the ninth to nip Colorado 4-3. Michael Young hit the winning single with one out in the ninth after Carlos Ruiz tied the game with a double.
-- The Cincinnati Reds used a 15-hit attack to outscore Arizona 10-7. Shin-Soo Choo went 4 for 5 with a homer and three RBIs for the Reds.
-- Ex-Cub Scott Hairston delivered a three-run pinch home run in the seventh inning to break a tie and send the Washington Nationals past Chicago 11-6. Jayson Werth also hit a three-run homer for the Nats.
In the AL:
-- The Yankees handed Toronto its 12th straight loss in New York, 4-2. Alfonso Soriano hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the eighth on a night when Ichiro Suzuki (EE'-cheer-oh soo-ZOO'-kee) got his 4,000th hit between the major leagues and Japan..
- Chris Davis hit his major league leading 46th home run, Adam Jones also homered, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 to avoid a three-game sweep.
- Torii Hunter hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the seventh inning and scored from second base on a passed ball to help the Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 7-1.
--Justin Masterson won his 14th game, Nick Swisher hit a two-run homer and the Cleveland Indians completed a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels, 3-1.
- Brendan Ryan drove in three runs to lead Seattle to a 5-3 win over Oakland. Michael Morse and Brad Miller homered for the Mariners. The loss dropped the Athletics two and a-half games back of Texas for first in the AL West.
-- Texas pushed across a run in the bottom of the ninth to beat Houston 5-4. Elvis Andrus delivered the game-winning sacrifice fly to finish a three-game sweep of the Astros.
-- Dayan Viciedo hit his second career grand slam to highlight a five-run inning for the Chicago White Sox in their 5-2 win over Kansas City.
In interleague action:
- Stephen Drew and Will Middlebrooks each hit a home run, Jonny Gomes and Jarrod Saltalamacchia (sahl-tah-lah-MAH'-kee-ah) drove in two runs apiece and the Boston Red Sox routed the San Francisco Giants 12-1 at AT&T Park. Felix Doubront rebounded from a tough outing to pitch eight strong innings for the Red Sox, and improved to 9-6.