NL: Dodgers work overtime to beat Phillies
PHILADELPHIA ó Russell Martin hit a tiebreaking double in the 10th inning and Matt Kemp followed with an RBI double to lift the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Philadelphia Phillies 5-3 Thursday.
Chad Durbin (1-1) retired the first two batters, then walked Andre Ethier. Martin doubled for a 4-3 lead and after an intentional walk, Kemp delivered.
The Dodgers, minus the suspended Manny Ramirez, won two of three in a rematch of the NL championship series.
Jonathan Broxton (4-0) earned the win despite blowing a two-run lead with two outs in the ninth. Ramon Troncoso pitched a scoreless 10th to earn his second save, striking out Ryan Howard with a runner on to end it.
Cubs 11, Padres 3
CHICAGO ó Bobby Scales hit a pair of two-run doubles and Ryan Dempster excelled with both his arm and bat as Chicago took advantage of 10 walks to beat skidding San Diego.
Adrian Gonzalez homered for the fourth consecutive game but couldn’t prevent San Diego from losing its 11th straight on the road, its longest skid in 38 years. Since starting the season 10-6, the Padres are 3-16.
Dempster (3-2) allowed two runs and three hits over seven innings. He also drove in two runs with a double and a single as the Cubs completed their first three-game sweep of the Padres at home since 1999.
Brewers 5, Marlins 3
MILWAUKEE ó Prince Fielder hit a go-ahead homer and Dave Bush turned in another strong start for Milwaukee, which finished a three-game sweep of Florida.
Trevor Hoffman earned his eighth save and has yet to give up a run in nine innings this season. The Brewers have won nine of 11 and begin a nine-game road trip at St. Louis on Friday night.
It was the fourth straight loss for the Marlins and a short afternoon for Josh Johnson, who walked five in only four innings.
Astros 5, Rockies 3
DENVER ó Wandy Rodriguez struck out a career-high 11 and Michael Bourn stole home on the back end of a double steal, leading Houston over Colorado.
One of baseball’s fastest runners, Bourn tied a career high with four hits and finished with two stolen bases. Carlos Lee homered for the Astros.
Rodriguez (4-2) allowed two earned runs in seven innings, raising his ERA to 1.90 ó still among the lowest in the majors. Chris Sampson worked a perfect eighth and LaTroy Hawkins got his fifth save.
Cardinals 5, Pirates 1PITTSBURGH ó Colby Rasmus’ two-run homer in the second inning gave St. Louis’ slumping offense a lift and the Cardinals avoided being swept by last-place Pittsburgh.
The Cardinals had lost five consecutive games in Pittsburgh and were in jeopardy of being swept in a three-game series for the first time since Sept. 12-14, also at PNC Park. Depleted by injuries, St. Louis had lost four of five and seven of 10.
Albert Pujols added a two-run single for St. Louis.
Mets 7, Giants 4SAN FRANCISCO ó David Wright hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the ninth inning and finished with four of New York’s franchise-record seven stolen bases.
Wright had three hits and drove in two runs for New York, which has won nine of 11. Gary Sheffield and Carlos Beltran each had two hits and Ramon Castro had two RBIs.
Sheffield, Beltran and Alex Cora also stole a base for New York, which ran wild on the basepaths with speedy Jose Reyes sitting out with a stiff right calf.
Former Charlotte 49er John Maine yielded two runs and seven hits in 62/3 innings but got a no-decision.