Sept 16 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Saturday's Major League Baseball games:
Dodgers 3, Nationals 2
Rich Hill allowed just one hit and one run in five innings and combined with five relievers on a four-hitter and rookie Cody Bellinger was 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBIs as Los Angeles defeated Washington.
After losing 11 games in a row, the Dodgers have now won four straight. The Nationals have lost four of five since clinching the National League East title Sept. 10.
Closer Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth for his 38th save as he retired all three batters he faced.
Indians 8, Royals 4
The Cleveland Indians had to wait awhile, but they eventually clinched the American League Central title on Saturday.
The Indians took care of their game as Francisco Lindor had three hits and Edwin Encarnacion homered and had two RBIs as the Indians beat the Kansas City Royals 8-4.
Reds 2, Pirates 1
Sal Romano shut out Pittsburgh through a career-high eight innings to lead the Cincinnati victory.
Jesse Winker homered, and Romano (5-6) allowed only five hits and had six strikeouts with no walks.
Yankees 9, Orioles 3
Gregorius and Bird homered for the second straight game by hitting three-run homers off Jeremy Hellickson (2-5) in the third and fourth innings. Frazier capped the scoring with a long-two run homer in the seventh off Donnie Hart.
Cubs 4, Cardinals 1
Kyle Hendricks allowed one run on six hits and carried a shutout into the eighth inning as he presided over Chicago's fifth straight win.
Hendricks (7-5) struck out five and walked one in his third victory since coming off the disabled list on Aug. 26. Cubs reliever Wade Davis faced four batters in a scoreless ninth for his 30th save in 30 opportunities.
Astros 8, Mariners 6
Dallas Keuchel (13-4) worked six strong innings and Joe Musgrove provided effective relief work in Houston's win.
Musgrove inherited two runners with no outs in the eighth inning with the Astros holding a two-run lead. Musgrove recorded a pair of strikeouts before getting Seattle catcher Carlos Ruiz to pop out. Musgrove returned in the ninth and picked up his first career save despite allowing a two-out homer to Mitch Haniger.
Red Sox 3, Rays 1
Rick Porcello took a shutout into the eighth inning to help Boston win its third straight game.
The Red Sox, who have won eight of their last 10 games, got a solo home run and an RBI single from Mookie Betts.
White Sox 10, Tigers 4
Nicky Delmonico and Matt Davidson hit solo home runs and Jose Abreu moved closer to another 100-RBI season with a run-scoring single plus a sacrifice fly to lead Chicago past Detroit.
Abreu has 97 RBIs to close in on his fourth straight season of 25 home runs and 100 RBIs to begin his career.
Mets 7, Braves 3
Jacob deGrom allowed one run over seven innings and won his career-best 15th game as New York snapped a five-game losing streak by beating Atlanta.
DeGrom (15-9) gave up five hits, two walks and struck out seven to secure his first win since Aug. 25. His only hiccup was a solo homer to Freddie Freeman, his 27th, who had two of Atlanta's hits.
Blue Jays 7, Twins 2
Josh Donaldson homered twice and Jose Bautista broke out of a slump with a three-hit night as Toronto beat Minnesota.
Donaldson homered in the first and ninth innings to bookend his four-hit night. Bautista, who came into Saturday's game in the midst of an 0-for-17 skid, went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI.
Marlins 7, Brewers 4
Adam Conley picked up his first victory since Aug. 20 and Derek Dietrich hit his 12th home run of the season to help Miami snap a six-game losing streak by beating Milwaukee.
The Marlins' offense collected 12 hits, with Dee Gordon, Marcell Ozuna and Dietrich recording two apiece.
Angels 2, Rangers 0
Parker Bridwell threw six shutout innings and Justin Upton homered twice to lead Los Angeles past Texas.
The victory pulled the Angels back within a game of the Minnesota Twins for the second American League wild-card spot.
Phillies 5, Athletics 3
PHILADELPHIA - Rookie Jorge Alfaro hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning to push Philadelphia past Oakland.
Phillies righty Victor Arano (1-0) secured his first career win with two innings of relief, and he has yet to concede a run in three major league appearances.
Diamondbacks 2, Giants 0
Zack Greinke allowed two hits in eight shutout innings and Paul Goldschmidt provided all the offensive support he needed with a two-run, first-inning homer for Arizona.
The win allowed the Diamondbacks (87-62) to remain five games atop the National League wild-card standings with 13 to play.
Rockies 16, Padres 0
Tyler Anderson, making his first start since June 25, held San Diego hitless for 5 2/3 innings and ended up allowing two hits in six shutout innings for Colorado.
The win was the 10th in 13 games for the Rockies, who lead the Milwaukee Brewers by 3 1/2 games and the St. Louis Cardinals by 4 1/2 games in the race for the second National League wild-card spot.