Cubs don't dodge dastardly Dodgers
APLOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Dodgers rookie Yasiel Puig was pulled by manager Don Mattingly after four innings following a pair of early episodes, and Los Angeles beat the Chicago Cubs 4-0 Wednesday.
August 30, 2013, 12:00 am TWN
Puig didn't slide into second base to try to break up a double play in the first inning, then slammed his bat after striking out in the third. The Cuban newcomer is hitting .346.
Puig met with Mattingly and general manager Ned Colletti behind closed doors after the game.
Ricky Nolasco (11-9) pitched eight innings of three-hit ball. He struck out 11 and won his sixth straight start in August.
Hanley Ramirez and Andre Ethier homered as the first-place Dodgers earned their 21st victory in August, tying the Los Angeles record for most wins in a calendar month.
Edwin Jackson (7-14) took the loss.
Pirates 7, Brewers 1 Marlon Byrd celebrated his arrival in Pittsburgh with a three-run homer and the Pirates beat Milwaukee.
Byrd, acquired along with catcher John Buck from the New York Mets on Tuesday, hit his 22nd homer of the season into the bushes in center field in the seventh inning as Pittsburgh ended a three-game losing streak.
Charlie Morton (6-3) scattered five hits over 6 2-3 innings. Tom Gorzelanny (3-6) yielded four runs on nine hits in 5 1-3 innings.
Reds 10, Cardinals 0 Jay Bruce homered and drove in five runs as Cincinnati tagged Adam Wainwright, leading Homer Bailey and the Reds over St. Louis to avoid a three-game sweep.