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Giants win 2-0, close within game of Dodgers

SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco's Ryan Vogelsong pitched seven scoreless innings to outduel Los Angeles' Clayton Kershaw for the second time this season, as the Giants beat the Dodgers 2-0 on Tuesday, cutting the gap between the National League West's top teams to just one game.

Vogelsong (7-3) followed Barry Zito's seven innings in an 8-0 win in the series opener Monday with his own gem, marking only the second time the Dodgers had been blanked in consecutive games in San Francisco — the other was in 1987.

Melky Cabrera's leadoff homer in the fourth snapped Kershaw's streak of 35-2/3 consecutive innings in San Francisco without allowing an earned run. Pablo Sandoval added an RBI single for the Giants, who haven't been this close to first place since after the first day of the season.

Kershaw (5-4) allowed eight hits in six innings.

Braves 8, Diamondbacks 1 At Atlanta, Tim Hudson pitched eight sharp innings as Atlanta opened its longest homestand of the season with a win over Arizona.

Hudson (6-3) allowed one run and seven hits, struck out seven and walked one.

Freddie Freeman had three hits and drove in two runs, Chipper Jones also had three hits and Michael Bourn cracked a first-inning homer for Atlanta, which had 17 hits.

Arizona right-hander Daniel Hudson (3-2) left in the second inning with right elbow tightness, and manager Kirk Gibson said he will have an MRI on Wednesday. Hudson gave up five runs and seven hits in 1-2/3 innings.

Arizona had won four straight.

Cardinals 5, Marlins 2 Yadier Molina hit a three-run homer and Kyle Lohse pitched into the eighth inning to lead St. Louis past Miami for its fifth straight victory.

One night after Molina's tying homer in the ninth inning keyed a huge comeback, St. Louis scored five unearned runs in the first.

The Marlins have lost eight of nine and are 3-17 in their last 20 games. Miami manager Ozzie Guillen was ejected for arguing balls and strikes with plate umpire Dan Bellino.

Lohse (7-2) allowed two runs and four hits while striking out four to lower his ERA to 2.82. Jason Motte pitched the ninth for his 16th save in 20 chances.

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