Once Dodgers manager Don Mattingly crossed the foul line without signaling the bullpen in the ninth inning, Clayton Kershaw knew he was safe to finish off the San Francisco Giants. Kershaw assured Mattingly he was just fine and he proved it, striking out Marlon Byrd to close out a 2-1 victory Wednesday night that increased the Dodgers' NL West lead to 6 1/2 games. ''These guys are great hitters,'' Kershaw said.
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Mitch Moreland doubled in the go-ahead run in the 10th inning to give the surging Texas Rangers a 4-3 victory over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night.
Max Scherzer and the Washington Nationals' bullpen got plenty of big outs. Ryan Zimmerman took care of the offense. Zimmerman homered twice, then doubled home the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning as the Nationals ended their nine-game losing streak at St. Louis, beating the Cardinals 4-3 Wednesday night.
Matt Harvey felt dehydrated and Daniel Murphy had a sore quadriceps. Ruben Tejada hit an inside-the-park homer and drove in four runs to back Harvey as the Mets returned to their winning ways against the Philadelphia Phillies with a 9-4 victory. ''Really excited about the way that we're playing,'' third baseman David Wright said.
The only things that slowed down Yordano Ventura on Wednesday night were the long periods that Kansas City's 24-year-old flamethrower spent on the bench between innings. While the Royals were pounding four homers and nine extra-base hits off Detroit pitching, Ventura had to sit idly in the dugout. ''Definitely good to have,'' Ventura said of the run support, ''but when things take that long, it can be challenging.
Tommy Milone gave the Minnesota Twins seven superb innings. All Miguel Sano needed was one at-bat. Milone struck out seven and Sano hit another monster home run to help the Twins beat the Chicago White Sox 3-0 on Wednesday night.
For only the second time in a span of two miserable weeks, the Baltimore Orioles won a game. Chris Davis homered on a 3-0 pitch from Matt Andriese leading off the 11th inning, and the Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-6 on Wednesday night to snap a six-game losing streak. Down 6-4 in the ninth, Baltimore appeared doomed to its 13th loss in 14 games.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Jonathan Lucroy drove in three runs and extended his hitting streak to a career high-tying 10 games as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates for the fifth straight time, 9-4 Wednesday night.
Against the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night, Dickey was pretty super, too. Dickey pitched a four-hitter to win his seventh straight decision, Donaldson had three hits and the Blue Jays beat the Indians 5-1. AL East-leading Toronto won for the fifth time in six games, maintaining a 1 1/2-game lead over the New York Yankees, who beat Boston 13-8.
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals was taken out of Wednesday night's game against the St. Louis Cardinals before the bottom of the fourth inning with tight glutes.
Stephen Drew and the rest of the bottom of the batting order helped the New York Yankees open an 11-run lead. The Yankees needed almost all of it to leave Fenway Park just one game behind the Toronto Blue Jays in the AL East. ''They put up a big number, and we were able to make it stick,'' Yankees manager Joe Girardi said after New York beat Boston 13-8 on Wednesday.
Ruben Tejada has hit an inside-the-park homer for the New York Mets against Philadelphia. With a runner on second and two outs in the second inning Wednesday night, Tejada hit a shallow pop fly down the right-field line. Domonic Brown charged in and reached down but could not make the catch, and the ball bounced by him as he flipped head over heels over a low retaining wall.
Albert Pujols has been saying for about 15 years now that he will reflect on the many milestones and special home runs once his career is through, and he still hopes that is many seasons down the road. ''I've been blessed my whole career,'' Pujols said. Healthy legs powering him again at last, Pujols hit a two-run drive to make him one of four players with 10 35-homer seasons in their first 15 years, leading the Los Angeles Angels past AL ERA leader Sonny Gray and the Oakland Athletics 9-4 Wednesday.
Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt has left the team to be with his wife, Amy, for the birth of the couple's first child. Goldschmidt left Denver for Phoenix on a flight late Tuesday night. Manager Chip Hale said Goldschmidt would miss Wednesday's game against the Rockies and most likely Friday's game at the Chicago Cubs.