- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 1, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Adrian Gonzalez singled in the winning run with the bases loaded in the 14th inning, lifting the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 5-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Monday night in the opener of a series between the NL West’s top two teams.

The first-place Dodgers’ lead increased to 4 ½ games over their second-place rivals after the longest game by innings for both teams this season.

Giants reliever Mike Broadway (0-1) started his first inning of relief by walking A.J. Ellis and then gave up consecutive singles to Jimmy Rollins and Chase Utley to load the bases. Giants reliever Yusmeiro Petit came on and Gonzalez hit his first pitch to deep left field, ending the 5-hour, 29-minute game.

Chris Hatcher (2-5) pitched three innings for the win.

The Dodgers won for just the fourth time in 13 games against the Giants this season, a day after getting no-hit by Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs, the second time it happened in 10 days.

Marlon Byrd of the Giants tied the game 4-all in the eighth with an RBI-double in the right-field corner off Juan Nicasio.

The Giants have lost six of their last nine.


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Mark Canha hit a three-run homer and Jake Smolinski’s three-run double highlighted a decisive third inning for Oakland on another quirky night at the Coliseum when part of the outfield wall fell down and delayed the game.

Danny Valencia added a two-run double in the third and another RBI double in the fifth to back Felix Doubront (2-1) in his first win for Oakland.

A piece of the outfield wall came loose after Los Angeles left fielder Shane Victorino crashed into it trying to chase down Valencia’s double in the fifth, causing a 10-minute delay as players briefly returned to their dugouts.

Erick Aybar hit an RBI single and a sacrifice fly in his first two plate appearances for the Angels, while Albert Pujols singled in a run.

Angels starter Hector Santiago (7-9) went 2 2-3 innings as the A’s earned their first three-game winning streak since Aug. 7-9, against Houston.

Doubront allowed four runs and seven hits in six-plus innings in his first win since July 7.


BOSTON (AP) - David Ortiz hit his 495th home run and Jackie Bradley Jr. had three hits and threw out a runner at the plate to lift Boston.

Mookie Betts hit a two-run homer for the Red Sox. It was their ninth win in 13 games.

Didi Gregorius had four singles for New York, which had scored 20 runs on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep over Atlanta. He flied out to the warning track with the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the ninth.

The Yankees remained 1 1/2 games behind AL East-leading Toronto, which lost 4-2 to Cleveland on Monday.


HOUSTON (AP) - Dallas Keuchel allowed one run and struck out eight in seven innings to become the American League’s first 16-game winner and lead Houston to a win over Seattle.

Rookie Carlos Correa, who returned after missing four games with a hamstring injury, hit a two-run homer and Jed Lowrie and Hank Conger added solo shots to help the AL West-leading Astros to the victory.

Keuchel (16-6), who gave up six hits, improved to 12-0 at home this season and has won 13 straight in Houston dating back to last year to tie a franchise record set by Danny Darwin in 1989-90

Lowrie and Conger homered in the fourth to put Houston up 3-1, before Correa’s shot broke it open in the fifth.

Vidal Nuno (0-3) yielded seven hits, five runs and tied a career-high with three homers, in six innings.


BALTIMORE (AP) - Chris Archer pitched six shutout innings, and Tampa Bay hit three home runs in a victory over fading Baltimore.

Asdrubal Cabrera and Evan Longoria connected off Wei-Yin Chen (8-7), and Tim Beckham added a solo shot against Brad Brach. Logan Forsythe had three hits for the Rays, coming within a home run of the cycle.

Archer (12-10) gave up four hits, walked three and struck out six to earn his first win against Baltimore in seven starts since June 7, 2013. The right-hander finished the month with 50 strikeouts, tying the club record for August held by Scott Kazmir (2007).

Archer left after throwing 113 pitches and with Tampa Bay ahead 6-0.

Brad Boxberger, the third Rays reliever, worked the ninth for his 33rd save.

The defeat was the 11th in 12 games for the Orioles.


TORONTO (AP) - Jerry Sands singled home the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, Danny Salazar struck out 10 and Cleveland won its sixth straight game, beating Toronto.

Salazar (12-7) allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings. He reached double digits in strikeouts for the fifth time this season and the first time since fanning 10 against Baltimore on June 6.

Bryan Shaw got two outs in the eighth and Cody Allen finished for his 28th save.

Ryan Raburn doubled home the tying run as the Indians matched their longest winning streak of the season and halted Toronto’s run at four.

Toronto’s Edwin Encarnacion, who was named AL player of the week after batting .391 (9 for 23) with six home runs and 17 RBIs, extended his hitting streak to 26 games with a leadoff single in the sixth.


ATLANTA (AP) - Martin Prado and Justin Bour each had an RBI double in the eighth inning and Miami extended Shelby Miller’s winless streak to 19 starts with a victory over Atlanta.

Miller, an All-Star with a sparkling 2.56 ERA, began the night with the worst support in the majors, and the Braves, losers in six straight and 13 of 14, stayed true to form.

Beginning the night with the worst average (.227) in the NL with runners in scoring position since the All-Star break, Atlanta has scored two runs or less in 20 of Miller’s 27 starts.

Miller (5-12) gave up six hits and struck out seven in seven innings.

After getting blown out by an aggregate 38-11 score in a three-game series sweep by the New York Yankees, the Braves’ offense was no match for journeyman Chris Narveson (2-1), a journeyman making his second start since 2012.


NEW YORK (AP) - Bartolo Colon breezed through eight snappy innings and New York got homers from Curtis Granderson and Michael Conforto, extending its dominant run against Philadelphia.

After throwing seven shutout innings last Wednesday at Philadelphia during New York’s four-game sweep, the 42-year-old Colon (12-11) was one better this time. He struck out nine, walked one and yielded four harmless singles, pushing his scoreless streak to 16 innings.

The beefy right-hander tossed an inning Saturday against Boston on his regular throw day to spare a tired bullpen, his first relief appearance since April 2011 with the Yankees. And he even helped himself at the plate Monday, hitting a two-out single in front of Granderson’s 23rd homer.

New York improved to 13-1 against the last-place Phillies this season (7-0 at home) with its 10th consecutive win over its division rival. The NL East leaders have won 24 of 29 versus Philadelphia.


ST. LOUIS (AP) - Jason Heyward hit a two-run, tie-breaking double in the seventh inning to key a five-run rally for St. Louis.

The Cardinals won for the eighth time in nine games and moved five games ahead of idle Pittsburgh in the NL Central.

Washington, which had won six of its previous eight, fell 6 1-2 games behind the New York Mets in the NL East.

The Cardinals sent 10 batters to the plate in the seventh and erased a 5-3 deficit with five two-out runs.

Stephen Piscotty and Jhonny Peralta had RBI hits off Casey Janssen (1-3) to tie the game. Felipe Rivero gave up the double to Heyward.

Kevin Siegrist (6-1) picked up the win despite allowing three runs in the seventh. Trevor Rosenthal recorded his 42nd save.

Ryan Zimmerman hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs for the Nationals.


SAN DIEGO (AP) - Tyson Ross held Texas to three hits in seven innings and hit an RBI single, and San Diego handed Texas just its third loss in 10 games.

The Rangers dropped four games behind first-place Houston in the AL West and remained in the second AL wild-card spot.

The dominating performance by Ross (10-9) allowed him to reach double digits in victories for the second straight season. He struck out seven and walked two in his second victory over Texas this season, the other one coming on July 12. It was his fourth win in five decisions.

With two runs already in during the sixth, the Rangers intentionally walked rookie catcher Austin Hedges to get to Ross, who was batting eighth. Ross hit a sharp single to center to bring in Cory Spangenberg, aboard on an RBI double, and chase Lewis. Jedd Gyorko hit a sacrifice fly and Yangervis Solarte added an RBI single that inning.


CHICAGO (AP) - Eugenio Suarez and Adam Duvall hit two-run homers in a four-run sixth inning and Cincinnati took advantage of two late Chicago errors.

Duvall, who was called up from Triple-A earlier Monday, snapped a 5-5 tie with his pinch-hit homer off Cubs reliever Justin Grimm (2-4), who surrendered all four runs in one-third of an inning. Grimm started the inning by walking Ivan DeJesus Jr. and then gave up the home run to Suarez that tied it.

The Reds, who entered Monday having lost five of their last six, used the rally to erase a two-run deficit.

Cincinnati tackled on six unearned runs in the ninth off Chicago relievers Travis Wood and James Russell after second baseman Starlin Castro committed two of his three errors in the inning.


DENVER (AP) - Ben Paulsen hit a two-out, two-run single and Colorado rallied for four runs in the bottom of the ninth to beat Arizona.

Charlie Blackmon had three hits and finished a home run short of the cycle for the Rockies, who snapped a three-game home losing streak.

The Rockies were held in check by Arizona starter Robbie Ray and two relievers before rallying in the ninth off closer Brad Ziegler (0-3).

Nolan Arenado hit a two-run double off the top of the fence in left to pull the Rockies within a run. One out later Ziegler’s errant throw to first on DJ LeMahieu’s comebacker put the winning run at second.

Nick Hundley walked to load the bases, finishing Ziegler. Matt Reynolds came on and Paulsen sent an 0-2 pitch up the middle to give Colorado the win.

It was his second walk-off hit of the season.

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