Brewers down Dodgers 6-3 in clash of leaders
August 17, 2014, 12:01 am TWN
LOS ANGELES--Milwaukee's Lyle Overbay drove in three runs with a two-out double in the eighth inning, lifting the Brewers to a 6-3 win at the Los Angeles Dodgers in Friday's clash of National League divisional leaders.
The Brewers maintained their two-game buffer atop the NL Central and closed within 1-1/2 games of the Dodgers for the overall league lead.
The other NL divisional leader, Washington, edged Pittsburgh to stay six games clear in the East ahead of Atlanta which defeated overall MLB leader Oakland.
In the key American League contests, surging Seattle won at Detroit and Cleveland beat Baltimore with an 11th-inning homer from Mike Aviles.
Milwaukee scored all its runs in the eighth inning off Jamey Wright (4-3).
Scooter Gennett's RBI single tied the game 2-2 and Khris Davis came up with a run-scoring double after Wright allowed four consecutive hits.
Brandon League came on in relief and produced a strikeout before Overbay doubled to left field for a 5-2 lead.
Atlanta hit four homers, including a three-run shot by Freddie Freeman, to overpower Oakland 7-2.
Justin Upton and Evan Gattis homered off Jason Hammel (1-5) in the second inning, and rookie Phil Gosselin hit a two-run shot — the first homer of his career — in the sixth.
The Athletics have lost five of their past six games.
The Braves made up no ground on division leader Washington, which notched its fourth-straight win by defeating Pittsburgh 5-4, with Bryce Harper and Adam LaRoche each driving in two runs.
Denard Span added three hits as the NL East leaders opened a 10-game homestand.
Tanner Roark (12-7) gave up three runs over 5 2-3 innings to take the win while closer Rafael Soriano had a shaky ninth, giving up a run and three hits, but closed it out for his 29th save.
The Pirates have dropped three straight but still provisionally hold the second wild-card berth.
Seattle's Robinson Cano homered to help the Mariners down Detroit 7-2 in a clash of playoff contenders.
James Paxton won his sixth consecutive decision to start his career and the surging Seattle Mariners beat Detroit in a matchup of American League playoff contenders.
Mariners' starter James Paxton (3-0) allowed one run over six innings to win his sixth consecutive decision and lead Seattle to a fifth-straight win, moving half a game ahead of the Tigers in the race for the second AL wild card.
Detroit fell 1-1/2 games behind first-place Kansas City in the AL Central.
Cleveland's Mike Aviles homered leading off the bottom of the 11th inning to give the Indians a 2-1 win over Baltimore.