All-Star lefty battle sees Wood outpitch Kershaw and end Cubs' 8-game LA skid
APLOS ANGELES -- Travis Wood outpitched Clayton Kershaw in a matchup of All-Star lefties, and Dioner Navarro and Starlin Castro had run-scoring singles to help the Chicago Cubs beat the Dodgers 3-2 Tuesday night, ending an eight-game skid against first-place Los Angeles.
August 29, 2013, 12:22 am TWN
After losing 6-2 against Zack Greinke in the series opener, the Cubs caught Kershaw on a decidedly off-night for the ace who came in with a major league-leading 1.72 ERA. Kershaw's streak of 18 scoreless innings, dating to Aug. 17, ended in the third when the Cubs took a 1-0 lead.
Wood (8-10) allowed one unearned run and five hits in seven innings. He struck out six and walked two for his first victory since July 28 at San Francisco.
Kevin Gregg pitched the ninth to earn his 27th save in 32 chances.
Mets 5, Phillies 0 Jonathon Niese pitched a three-hitter and had a three-run double, helping the Mets end a five-game losing streak.
Niese struck out five and walked one in his second career shutout in 112 major league starts. The Mets won several hours after trading veterans Marlon Byrd and John Buck to Pittsburgh.
Niese (6-6) handled matters at the plate and on the mound. He retired 17 straight batters and scored the first run by running through third base coach Tim Teufel's late stop sign.
Niese improved to 3-0 in four starts since coming off the disabled list because of a partially torn rotator cuff.
The Phillies had won five of their previous six under interim manager Ryne Sandberg. Kyle Kendrick (10-11) went six innings and allowed five runs, only one earned.
Cardinals 6, Reds 1 Joe Kelly tossed six strong innings and Matt Holliday drove in a run for a seventh straight game to help lift St. Louis over Cincinnati.
St. Louis has won six of seven, including the first two games of this three-game set. The first-place Cardinals have won eight of their last 10 against the third-place Reds and lead them by 4 1/2 games in the NL Central.
The Cards also moved 1 games ahead of second-place Pittsburgh.
Shin-Soo Choo homered for Cincinnati, which lost for the fourth time in five games. The Cardinals retired the last 13 Cincinnati batters, dropping the Reds to 4-10 against St. Louis this season.
Kelly (6-3), who allowed one run and eight hits, improved to 6-0 in nine starts since rejoining the starting rotation on July 6.
Holliday, who went 2 for 3, keyed a two-run outburst in the first against Mat Latos (13-5), who gave up four runs and nine hits over six-plus innings.
Brewers 7, Pirates 6 Aramis Ramirez had three hits, including his 350th career home run, and drove in four runs as Milwaukee edged Pittsburgh.
The 16-year veteran third baseman helped stake the Brewers to a 5-0 in the fifth inning, but the Pirates rallied to tie it in the sixth. Milwaukee pulled out the win when rookie pinch-hitter Caleb Gindl hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the eighth inning.
With the game tied 6-6, Rafael Betancourt hit a one-out double off Bryan Morris (5-7) and took third on Scooter Gennett's single. Gindl then lifted a fly to right that scored Betancourt and gave the Brewers their third victory in four games.
Pittsburgh, which trails St. Louis in the NL Central race, lost its third in a row.
Pedro Alvarez went 4-for-4 with a walk, and hit his NL-leading 32nd home run for the Pirates.
Other games on Tuesday:
Diamondbacks 10, Padres 9, 10 Innings
Nationals 2, Marlins 1
Giants 5, Rockies 3
Braves 2, Indians 0