Hanley Ramirez hit a go-ahead RBI double in the top of the ninth inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers trimmed a game off their division deficit with a 3-2 win over the NL West-leading Giants Saturday in San Francisco.
Adrian Gonzalez led off the ninth with a triple against Jeremy Affeldt (1-2), then Ramirez came through with a double to the gap in right-center. That was the Dodgers’ first hit in 15 tries in the series with runners in scoring position.
Ronald Belisario (5-1) pitched out of trouble in the eighth for the victory, helping Los Angeles snap a four-game losing streak to its rival in a key September set.
Buster Posey hit an RBI single in the first and Brandon Belt added a go-ahead RBI ground out in the eighth for the Giants, who lead the Dodgers by 4½ games.
Pinch runner Alex Castellanos scored the tying run on a wild pitch in the top of the eighth to chase Giants starter Matt Cain. Juan Rivera doubled to start the inning and A.J. Ellis sacrificed him to third, where Castellanos entered. Bobby Abreu came in to pinch hit and Cain threw wildly with a full count.
Rangers 4, Rays 2 — Rookie Jurickson Profar hit a tiebreaking RBI double in the top of the 10th, lifting Texas past Tampa Bay. The Rangers added another run when Josh Hamilton, who earlier hit his 40th homer, was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded.
Mike Adams (5-3) threw a scoreless inning for the win before Joe Nathan pitched the 10th for his 31st save. Yu Darvish gave up two runs and two hits in eight innings for Texas,.
Chris Archer, filling in for David Price (scratched due to left shoulder soreness), gave up two runs and four hits over seven innings in his third big league start. He struck out 11 and walked two.
Braves 11, Mets 3 — Kris Medlen extended Atlanta’s scoreless streak to 31 innings for its best string in more than 20 years, Brian McCann drove in four runs with four hits, and the Braves rolled in stormy New York.
Atlanta has won the last 19 games Medlen has started, dating to 2010. He is 8-1 on the season and 13-0 in his last 24 starts overall.
Angels 6, Tigers 1— C.J. Wilson (12-9) won his third straight start as host Los Angeles roughed up Detroit ace Justin Verlander (13-8), who gave up six runs in six innings.
White Sox 5, Royals 4 — Dayan Viciedo, Tyler Flowers, and Paul Konerko each homered for host Chicago to back six solid innings by Chris Sale (16-6).
Nationals 7, Marlins 6— Following a 2½-hour rain delay, Jayson Werth led off the bottom of the ninth with a tying homer and pinch hitter Corey Brown’s single drove in the winning run in the 10th for Washington.
Brewers 6, Cardinals 3— Aramis Ramirez homered, reached base in all five plate appearances, and scored twice for visiting Milwaukee, which has won 15 of its last 19.
Athletics 6, Mariners 1— George Kottaras homered and Brett Anderson won his fourth straight start for visiting Oakland since recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Cubs 4, Pirates 3 — Making his final start, Jeff Samardzija (9-13) pitched visiting Chicago’s first complete game of the season.
Reds 5, Astros 1 — Bronson Arroyo (12-7) extended his personal winning streak to five games for host Cincinnati.
Diamondbacks 8, Padres 5 — Jason Kubel hit two of Arizona’s four home runs and rookie Wade Miley won his 15th game for the visitors.
Twins 3, Indians 0 — Cole DeVries (5-5) pitched six scoreless innings to win his third straight start for host Minnesota.
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The Rockies and Phillies were rained out in Philadelphia. The game will be played as part of a day-night doubleheader on Sunday.