MILWAUKEE (AP) — Robbie Ray pitched seven innings of two-hit ball to lower the NL’s second-best road ERA to 0.57, Gregor Blanco and Chris Owings homered, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-0 Thursday night for their ninth win in 10 games.
Ray (4-3), coming off a dominating performance against San Diego in his last start, did not allow a run for the second straight outing. He struck out nine and walked none to send the Brewers to their season-worst fourth straight loss.
Arizona is 11 games above .500 for the first time since 2011.
CUBS 5, GIANTS 1
Kris Bryant, Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist hit solo homers, and Chicago won its third straight.
Spot starter Eddie Butler (2-0) allowed one run and four hits in five innings, and Mike Montgomery pitched one-hit ball over four innings for his first professional save.
MARINERS 4, NATIONALS 2
Nelson Cruz greeted reliever Jacob Turner (2-3) with a three-run homer in the sixth inning that overturned a 2-0 deficit, and Seattle stopped a five-game losing streak.
Ariel Miranda (4-2) allowed two runs, three hits and three walks in five innings. Edwin Diaz, Seattle’s sixth pitcher, threw a one-hit ninth that completed a six-hitter. Diaz got his first save since May 9 and has eight in 10 chances overall.
PIRATES 9, BRAVES 4
Ivan Nova (5-3) allowed four runs and 10 hits in 8 1/3 innings, and Adam Frazier hit a three-run homer.
Pittsburgh pounded Bartolo Colon (2-5), who a day after his 44th birthday allowed seven runs and 10 hits in five innings. His ERA rose to 6.96.
PHILLIES 2, ROCKIES 1
Tommy Joseph hit a tying home run in the seventh inning and a winning single against Scott Oberg (0-1) in the 11th after Michael Saunders’ one-out double, stopping Colorado from a four-game sweep.
Jeanmar Gomez (3-1) pitched a hitless 11th is his return from a disabled list stint caused by an elbow injury. Philadelphia ended a five-game losing streak, winning for the fifth time in 25 games. Colorado, which has the NL’s best record, had won four in a row.
RAYS 4, ANGELS 0
Matt Andriese (5-1) allowed six hits over eight innings, Colby Rasmus drove in four runs and Tampa Bay salvaged a four-game split.
Tommy Hunter got three outs to complete a six-hitter.
PADRES 4, METS 3
Dinelson Lamet overpowered the Mets in his major league debut, New York’s Rafael Montero labored on short notice and San Diego won on a rainy night.
Scattered showers soaked Queens all day, and thunderstorms were forecast for midgame, although heavy rain never came. Mets manager Terry Collins pushed back scheduled starter Jacob deGrom to try avoiding an abbreviated outing, instead telling Montero around 3:45 p.m. that he’d start the 7:10 p.m. contest.
RED SOX 6, RANGERS 2
Drew Pomeranz pitched six strong innings and tied his career high with 11 strikeouts to lift Boston past Texas.
Xander Bogaerts and Deven Marrero hit their first home runs of the season helping Boston to their fourth straight win.
ASTROS 7, TIGERS 6
Jake Marisnick hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning for Houston’s fourth homer of the game, lifting the Astros to a 7-6 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Thursday night.
The Tigers tied it 6-6 in the top of the eighth when Jose Iglesias doubled off reliever Luke Gregerson (2-1) to drive in Andrew Romine.
DODGERS 7, CARDINALS 3
Kenta Maeda fell into a 3-0 hole in the first inning of his first start for the Dodgers in two weeks coming off the disabled list. Then, the Japanese right-hander rallied Los Angeles to the win.
Maeda (4-2) drove in the tying and go-ahead runs with a two-out single in the fourth off Michael Wacha and turned an inning-ending double play in the fifth to help the Dodgers take two of three from the Cardinals.
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