Dan Haren didn't let a little thing like a four-run inning discourage him. Andre Ethier hit a three-run homer and the Dodgers rallied to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-6 on Saturday. The right-hander struck out five in his fourth start of the season, six days after his 8-6 victory over the Diamondbacks at Phoenix. ''He has a few weapons he likes to go to,'' Diamondbacks left fielder Mark Trumbo said of his former Angels teammate.
Craig Kimbrel hardly ever needs help with the ninth inning. Jordan Walden nailed down the final out with the bases loaded after Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez pulled his star closer following a shaky performance in a 7-5 win over the New York Mets. Sidelined recently by shoulder discomfort, Kimbrel threw 24 pitches during his first outing in a week. The Braves didn't want him to go any longer, and Gonzalez thought the reliever was rusty.
Ryan Braun already was being booed loudly and that was before he hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning. Braun hit two homers, including a two-run shot with two outs in the ninth inning that sent the Milwaukee Brewers over the Pittsburgh Pirates 8-7 Saturday night. That was the case when he stepped to the plate in the ninth inning and hit the go-ahead drive to center field off Pirates closer Jason Grilli (0-1), his second blown save in six opportunities. I'd rather feel good.'' Braun and the Brewers were feeling good after raising their record to a league-best 13-5, including 5-1 against the Pirates.
The San Diego Padres' rotation is living up to expectations. Eric Stults and three relievers combined on a four-hitter and Everth Cabrera hit a go-ahead triple to lead the Padres to a 3-1 victory against the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night. The Padres have the chance to sweep the series on Sunday, a week after taking two of three from the Detroit Tigers. ''From the start, us as a starting five, we felt like we could match up with anybody in baseball,'' Stults said.
Colby Lewis had to be reminded about his last victory for the Texas Rangers. Lewis allowed one run over 5 1-3 innings for his first win in nearly two years, after elbow surgery and a unique hip procedure, and the Rangers beat the Chicago White Sox 6-3 on Saturday night for their fifth consecutive victory. ''It was awesome,'' shortstop Elvis Andrus said. ''We're really glad for him.'' Joakim Soria, the fifth Texas reliever, worked a perfect ninth for his third save in four chances.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Rays followed a comeback win with a blowout victory over the New York Yankees. Ryan Hanigan homered twice and had a career-high six RBIs, and Chris Archer continued his dominance over the Yankees as the Rays routed New York 16-1 on Saturday night. ''It's an awesome team win,'' Hanigan said. We all swung the bats pretty well.'' Hanigan drove in his final two runs with a single off Yankees infielder Dean Anna, who gave up two runs and three hits in the eighth inning.
Jordan Walden got the final out with the bases loaded after Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez pulled star closer Craig Kimbrel, and the Braves held off the New York Mets 7-5 Saturday night. Freddie Freeman had three hits and hustled his way through a weird play that brought the Braves two runs when the Mets were unable to challenge a costly incorrect call. Ervin Santana pitched seven crisp innings for his second win over New York in three starts with Atlanta.
As Henderson Alvarez discussed his two-hit victory in the Miami Marlins clubhouse, teammate Jose Fernandez served as a translator. Alvarez won for the first time since his no-hitter to end the 2013 season, helping Miami beat the Seattle Mariners 7-0 Saturday. ''It was amazing,'' praised Fernandez, who watched from the dugout with other Marlins pitchers. ''I thought about it, but I was concentrating on getting outs,'' Alvarez said in Spanish.