- Associated Press - Monday, June 9, 2014

CINCINNATI (AP) - Scott Van Slyke drove in a career-high four runs with two homers off struggling left-hander Tony Cingrani, and the Los Angeles Dodgers pulled away to a 6-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night, a rare comfortable win in their pitching-dominated series.

Van Slyke hit a solo homer and a three-run shot off Cingrani (2-7), who could lose his spot in the rotation when Mat Latos returns from the disabled list later this week. Cingrani gave up a career-high six runs in 4 2-3 innings for his fifth straight loss.

Dan Haren (6-4) gave up five hits in 5 1-3 innings, including Ryan Ludwick’s solo homer, for his first win since May 12. Brandon League escaped a bases-loaded, no-outs threat in the eighth by getting Ludwick to hit a comebacker that led to a home-to-first double play.

PIRATES 6, CUBS 2

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Andrew McCutchen homered and drove in three runs to lead Pittsburgh over Chicago.

McCutchen drove a two-run shot to right field in the third inning and added an RBI double in the fifth off Edwin Jackson (4-6).

Charlie Morton (3-7) allowed one run over seven innings to win for the third time in his last four starts after beginning the season 0-6. Ike Davis hit his fifth homer and Starling Marte broke out of a long slump with three hits.

Starlin Castro went 3 for 4 with his eighth home run and two RBIs for the Cubs. Jackson gave up four runs in six innings and is 1-4 since April 30. Chicago fell to 10-22 on the road, the worst mark in the majors.

MARINERS 3, RAYS 0

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - Robinson Cano drove in two runs with a bases-loaded double and Seattle blanked Tampa Bay for the second straight game.

Five Seattle pitchers combined on a five-hitter. The Mariners extended their scoreless streak to 19 innings and won for the eighth time in nine games.

The Rays have lost 13 of 14 and are saddled with the worst record in the major leagues at 24-41. The last time they were 17 games under .500 was the end of 2007, the final year they were known as the Devil Rays.

Cano’s big hit came during a three-run third against David Price (4-6), who struck out 10 in eight innings. The 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner has dropped three straight decisions and hasn’t won in nine starts.

Joe Beimel (1-1) retired his only two batters and Fernando Rodney worked a perfect ninth for his 18th save in 20 opportunities.

The Rays were shut out for the AL-high ninth time overall. Seattle finished a 6-1 road trip. The Mariners won three straight over Tampa Bay after dropping the opener of the four-game series.

ORIOLES 4, RED SOX 0

BALTIMORE (AP) - Bud Norris pitched eight innings of three-hit ball and Adam Jones hit one of Baltimore’s three home runs against Boston.

Nick Markakis and Ryan Flaherty also connected for the Orioles. Norris (5-5) struck out six and walked three while matching the longest outing of his career.

Boston has lost six of seven after a season-high seven-game winning streak. The Red Sox have been shut out five times this season.

Jake Peavy (1-4) allowed four runs and eight hits over seven innings. He hasn’t won since April 25 against Toronto.

Jones had three hits, including his 150th career homer.

BLUE JAYS 5, TWINS 4

TORONTO (AP) - Edwin Encarnacion hit a three-run homer in the first inning and Kevin Pillar singled home the winning run in the ninth to lift Toronto over Minnesota.

The first two batters of the game, Danny Santana and Brian Dozier, homered for the Twins off R.A. Dickey, but Encarnacion’s 20th of the season soon put Toronto ahead.

Jose Reyes added a solo shot for the Blue Jays, who squandered a two-run lead in the top of the ninth and then recovered to avoid their first three-game skid since May 9-11. Reyes also singled during the winning rally.

Matt Guerrier (0-1) took the loss. Casey Janssen (1-0) got the win after blowing his second save.

Newly signed slugger Kendrys Morales made his Twins debut, batting sixth and starting as the designated hitter. He went 1 for 3 with a single and a walk.

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