Dodgers win, turn triple play
The Dodgers turned a bizarre triple play in the ninth inning, then Dee Gordon singled home the winning run in the bottom half for a 5-4 win over the San Diego Padres Sunday and a three-game sweep in Los Angeles.
The Dodgers improved to 9-1, the best mark in the major leagues and equaling their best start ever in Los Angeles.
Matt Kemp hit his fourth homer in three games as the Dodgers sent San Diego to its fourth loss in a row.
It was 4-all when the Dodgers turned their first triple play since June 13, 1998, against Colorado. Chris Denorfia led off with a single against Javy Guerra (1-0) and Chase Headley walked. Jesus Guzman squared to bunt, but the pitch came high and tight and hit his bat as he backed away.
The ball landed in front of the plate and catcher A.J. Ellis picked it up and threw to third. Guzman, startled by what happened, didn’t run to first base, which made it easy for third baseman Juan Uribe to relay to shortstop Gordon at second base. In turn, he threw to James Loney to complete the triple play.
Padres manager Bud Black came out to argue with plate umpire and crew chief Dale Scott, who ejected him.
Yankees 11, Angels 5 - Derek Jeter hit a three-run homer and Ivan Nova (2-0) struck out eight over six innings to lead host New York over Los Angeles.
Raul Ibanez added a titanic homer to help the Yankees take two of three in the series and drop the Angels to 2-6.
Braves 7, Brewers 4 - Chipper Jones hit a three-run homer in his return after missing two games, Brandon Beachy pitched seven strong innings, and host Atlanta beat Milwaukee for a three-game sweep.
Jason Heyward also homered for the Braves, who have won five straight after losing their first four. Beachy gave up three hits and one unearned run in seven innings.
Blue Jays 9, Orioles 2 - Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run homer, Brett Lawrie added a solo shot, and Toronto used a seven-run sixth inning to beat visiting Baltimore.
Yunel Escobar had three hits and drove in two runs and Kyle Drabek (2-0) won his second straight start.
Indians 13, Royals 7 - Travis Hafner hit one of the longest home runs in Kauffman Stadium history, Shelly Duncan homered and drove in three runs, and Cleveland routed Kansas City for a three-game sweep.
Casey Kotchman and Jason Kipnis homered on consecutive pitches for Cleveland in the eighth inning. Hafner’s home run in the fifth inning off Luis Mendoza went an estimated 456 feet and was the first to land in a sports bar behind the right-field bleachers.
Reds 8, Nationals 5 - Joey Votto hit a two-run double in the 11th inning and Cincinnati avoided a four-game sweep in Washington.
The Reds, who had scored just 10 runs in losing five of six, scored their most runs this season.
Cardinals 10, Cubs 3 - Jake Westbrook (2-0) allowed one earned run in seven strong innings and rookie Matt Carpenter homered, tripled, and drove in five runs as host St. Louis beat Chicago.
Phillies 8, Mets 2 - Cole Hamels pitched seven strong innings and Ty Wigginton drove in four runs, leading host Philadelphia over New York. Hamels (1-1) struck out 10 to help the Phillies avoid a three-game sweep. It was his 19th career double-digit strikeout game.
Pirates 4, Giants 1 - Kevin Correia allowed three hits in six innings and Garrett Jones homered as Pittsburgh ended a five-game losing streak with a win over host San Francisco.
Marlins 5, Astros 4 - Omar Infante and Hanley Ramirez hit Miami’s first homers in its new ballpark, helping to beat Houston in 11 innings.
Tigers 5, White Sox 2 - Gerald Laird homered among his three hits to back a strong outing by Rick Porcello as visiting Detroit snapped Chicago’s four-game winning streak. Porcello (1-0) allowed five hits and struck out four in 7 2/3 innings.
Diamondbacks 5, Rockies 2 - Trevor Cahill (1-0) allowed four hits over 7 1/3 innings and Chris Young homered as Arizona beat host Colorado to avoid a series sweep.
Mariners 5, Athletics 3 - Brendan Ryan hit a two-run homer and Justin Smoak added a solo shot as host Seattle beat Oakland.