Dodgers win to cost Giants outright NL lead
May 12, 2014, 12:03 am TWN
LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles' Yasiel Puig and Dee Gordon broke open a tied game with consecutive RBI doubles in the seventh inning to lift the Dodgers to a 6-2 win over San Francisco on Saturday, with the Giants losing their outright lead in the National League.
San Francisco dropped into a tie with Milwaukee, which edged the New York Yankees 5-4, while other key games saw Oakland beat Washington in 10 innings to maintain its buffer atop the American League West, and Colorado win easily at Cincinnati to make up ground on the Giants in the NL West.
The Dodgers took the lead in the seventh inning against San Francisco reliever Jeremy Affeldt (0-1) when Drew Butera doubled and scored on Gordon's hit inside third base. Puig then greeted replacement pitcher Jean Machi with a ground-rule double into the left field corner.
Matt Kemp homered in the eighth to pad the lead.
Milwaukee's Rickie Weeks hit a two-out RBI single in the seventh inning which proved to be the winner as the Brewers beat the Yankees 5-4.
After Jonathan Lucroy moved to third on a balk, Weeks hit a chopper which skipped through the gap into left field off Alfredo Aceves (0-1), who was called for a balk two pitches earlier.
Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez earned his league-leading 15th save after allowing two hits to the warning track in right field in the ninth inning.
Oakland's John Jaso doubled in pinch-runner Nick Punto with two outs in the 10th inning to give the Athletics a 4-3 win over Washington.
The A's scored twice in the ninth off Nationals' closer Rafael Soriano to force extra innings, after having been limited to only two hits across the first eight innings.
Alberto Callaspo singled off reliever Drew Storen (2-1) to lead off the 10th before Punto replaced him at first. After two outs, Jaso hit a towering fly ball that ricocheted off the scoreboard in right field as Punto rounded the bases and scored.
Colorado's Corey Dickerson hit two home runs and two doubles to drive in a career-high four runs and power the Rockies to an 11-2 win at Cincinnati.
Charlie Blackmon, Justin Morneau and Troy Tulowitzki also homered for the Rockies, who got 11 extra-base hits.