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Dodgers surge past rival Giants


May 10. 2014 11:09PM
Associated Press



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LOS ANGELES — Yasiel Puig and Dee Gordon broke open a tie game with consecutive RBI doubles in the seventh inning against San Francisco’s bullpen, Matt Kemp homered in the eighth and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the NL West-leading Giants 6-2 on Saturday.


Zack Greinke (6-1) allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings, striking out eight and walking three. The right-hander extended his streak to 20 consecutive starts in which he’s allowed fewer than three runs — the longest by any pitcher since the “dead ball” era.


The Dodgers took the lead in the seventh against reliever Jeremy Affeldt (0-1) when Drew Butera doubled and scored on Gordon’s hit inside third base with Pablo Sandoval playing in on the grass with the Dodgers’ speedy leadoff hitter at bat. Puig then greeted Jean Machi with a ground-rule double into the left field corner.


Angels 5, Blue Jays 3


TORONTO — Tyler Skaggs pitched into the ninth inning and retired 21 straight batters, leading Los Angeles over Toronto.


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


Tyler Skaggs (3-1) gave up two earned runs and four hits, leaving after Jose Reyes and Melky Cabrera started the bottom of the ninth with back-to-back singles.


Skaggs retired Dioner Navarro on a fly ball to end the first inning and didn’t permit another runner until the eighth.


Joe Smith got his fourth save in six chances.


Making his second start since moving from the bullpen into the rotation last Monday, J.A. Happ (1-1) lasted just 2 1-3 innings, allowing four runs and seven hits.


Tigers 9, Twins 3


DETROIT — Miguel Cabrera hit a three-run homer that capped a six-run second inning, sending Max Scherzer and Detroit past Minnesota.


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


Scherzer (5-1) wasn’t sharp, giving up three runs on five hits and four walks in six innings. He struck out six — his team-record streak of fanning at least seven in seven starts to begin a season ended.


On the day the Tigers honored former manager Jim Leyland, one of his favorite players made an immediate impact. Don Kelly, a utilityman who owes his major league career to Leyland’s patience and trust, reached over the left-field fence in the first inning to steal a homer from Kurt Suzuki.




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