CINCINNATI — Billy Hamilton stole second in the 10th inning to set up Todd Frazier’s game-winning single, helping the Cincinnati Reds beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3 on Saturday.
Ryan Ludwick opened the Cincinnati 10th with a leadoff walk against Brian Wilson (1-1). Reds manager Dusty Baker then went to the dynamic Hamilton, and the speedy prospect took second as catcher A.J. Ellis dropped the ball while taking it out of his glove.
The 22-year-old Hamilton, who set a professional record with 155 steals in the minors last season, has yet to make a plate appearance in the majors, but is 4 for 4 on steal attempts since he was promoted on Monday.
Frazier followed with a line-drive single into right field to give Cincinnati five wins in its last six games. J.J. Hoover (4-5) got three outs for the victory.
Yasiel Puig hit a two-run homer for NL West-leading Los Angeles, which has lost three straight. Adrian Gonzalez went 4 for 5 and A.J. Ellis also had two hits.
Dodgers right-hander Zack Greinke struck out nine in six innings and was in line for his 15th win before Cincinnati rallied in the seventh. Shin-Soo Choo singled with one out and Cesar Izturis followed a run-scoring double against Paco Rodriguez, tying it at 3.
Izturis, starting at second base in place of the injured Brandon Phillips, tied his season high with three hits. Choo and Joey Votto had two hits apiece.
Greinke allowed eight hits and walked one. He is 11-1 with a 2.13 ERA in his last 15 starts.
The win helped the Reds keep up the pressure on the top two teams in the bunched NL Central. Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Cincinnati are all in position to make the playoffs, but the division race is still very much in the balance.
Mat Latos allowed three runs and nine hits in seven innings for the Reds. He struck out three and walked one.
The Dodgers grabbed the lead in the first when Puig was hit by a pitch, moved up on Gonzalez’s single and scored on Hanley Ramirez’s single to left.
Cincinnati responded in the bottom half on RBI singles by Jay Bruce and Ludwick.
Puig made it 3-2 in the second with his 15th homer, a drive into the left-field seats on a 2-2 pitch. Ellis was aboard after a leadoff single.
Brewers 5, Cubs 3
CHICAGO — Johnny Hellweg pitched six innings for his first career major league victory and Logan Schafer hit a three-run triple to help Milwaukee.
Hellweg (1-3) allowed three runs on four hits. He struck out one and pitched around three walks to finally earn his first victory after flourishing in the minors.
Brewers relievers Rob Wooten and Brandon Kintzler each pitched a scoreless inning then Jim Henderson pitched a perfect ninth for his 23rd save in 27 opportunities.
Hellweg was the Pacific Coast League’s pitcher of the year after going 12-5 with a 3.15 ERA in 23 starts at Triple-A Nashville.
The 24 year-old made his major league debut on June 28 in Pittsburgh. The 6-foot-9 right-hander was knocked out after giving up seven runs — five earned — and six hits while walking two in 1 2-3 innings of a 10-3 loss. He was also roughed up in a relief appearance and another two starts before being sent back to the minors.
The Cubs got solo shots from Luis Valbuena and Brian Bogusevic who fell to 16 games under .500 at Wrigley Field. With the loss, the Cubs dropped behind the Brewers for last place in the NL Central.
Cubs starter Jake Arrieta (2-2) pitched five innings and allowed four runs on three hits. He also gave up three walks and hit one batter. The 27 year-old right-hander was done in by a four-run fourth inning. Arrieta, who is trying to compete for a spot on the 2014 roster, gave up all three hits in the fourth.
After Starlin Castro committed his 18th error at shortstop in the ninth, Milwaukee got an insurance run on Jonathan Lucroy’s RBI triple.
Trailing 2-0 in the fourth, Scooter Gennett drove in a run on a single and Schafer cleared the bases with a triple to right-center to put Milwaukee ahead 4-2.
Valbuena hit a two-run homer into the right-field basket in the second inning. It was his 10th of the season and first home run since July 20th. Bogusevic added a solo homer off Hellweg in the sixth to cut the Brewers lead to 4-3. It was his fourth of the season.
Athletics 2, Astros 1
OAKLAND, Calif. — Dan Straily pitched seven scoreless innings to help the Athletics edge Houston.
Yoenis Cespedes and Jed Lowrie homered as the A’s won for the seventh time in nine games to remain on top of the AL West. They began the day with a half-game lead over Texas.
Straily (9-7) allowed two hits, struck out seven and walked one in his third consecutive victory. The right-hander has a 1.50 ERA over 18 innings during his winning streak.
Dan Otero allowed a run in the eighth, but Sean Doolittle got four outs for his first save in four chances, completing the five-hitter.
Brandon Barnes had a run-scoring fielder’s choice for Houston’s only run. The major league-worst Astros have dropped nine of 12.
Houston starter Brett Oberholtzer (4-2) pitched six stellar innings, allowing one run and seven hits.
Straily retired his last nine hitters and 12 of his final 13 batters. He allowed one runner to reach third and he was stranded when Jonathan Villar was thrown out at second by Cespedes trying to stretch his single.
Matt Dominguez doubled to lead off the fifth but Straily struck out Chris Carter and Brett Wallace, and Matt Pagnozzi grounded out to shortstop.
Oberholtzer gave up Cespedes’ 22nd homer leading off the fourth. After Nate Freiman singled, Oberholtzer retired nine of his final 11 hitters.
Lowrie hit a two-out home run in the seventh against Josh Zeid.
Wallace doubled with one out against Otero and eventually scored on Barnes’ slow grounder to the pitcher.
Orioles 4, White Sox 3, 10 innings
BALTIMORE — Matt Wieters hit a two-run single in the 10th inning to give Baltimore the victory.
Pinch-hitter Henry Urrutia started the winning rally with a one-out infield single against closer Addison Reed (5-3). Pinch-runner Chris Dickerson then went all the way to third on Nick Markakis’ base hit.
Reed bounced back with a strikeout of Nate McLouth, but Markakis stole second and both runners scored when Wieters lined a single into right field.
It was the ninth consecutive loss for the White Sox, who grabbed a 3-2 lead on Conor Gillaspie’s pinch-hit homer against Tommy Hunter (4-3) in the top half of the inning.
Danny Valencia had three hits and Brian Roberts homered for the Orioles, who have won three straight. They began the day two games behind Tampa Bay for the final AL wild-card slot.
Baltimore was 1 for 17 with runners in scoring position before Wieters’ hit. The Orioles improved to 7-5 in extra-inning games while the White Sox fell to 9-14.
Dayan Viciedo also homered for last-place Chicago, and Paul Konerko had two hits.
After scoring in the third inning of Thursday’s series opener, Chicago went 18 innings without a run until Konerko singled in Alexei Ramirez in the fourth.
Viciedo connected in the fifth, giving the White Sox a 2-1 lead, but Roberts went deep in the bottom half, tying the game with Baltimore’s major league-leading 192nd homer.
Each team then had its chances to move in front, but couldn’t come up with a clutch hit.