HOUSTON - Matt Kemp set a franchise record for home runs through 15 games with his ninth of the season to back up a solid outing by Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers got a 5-1 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday night.
Kemp's two-run shot to centre field in the sixth inning off Kyle Weiland (0-3) scored Dee Gordon, extending the lead to 3-0 and giving him a home run in three straight games. It also extended his major league-leading RBI total to 22 and his hitting streak to 10 games.
James Loney gave Los Angeles a 1-0 lead in the second inning with a two-out homer to the second deck in right field.
Kershaw (1-0), the NL Cy Young winner, struck out nine and allowed three hits in seven scoreless innings for his first win this season after no decisions in his first three games this year.
METS 5, GIANTS 4
NEW YORK (AP) — Ruben Tejada scored the winning run on a throwing error by catcher Buster Posey and the Mets beat the Giants after blowing a three-run lead moments earlier in one of the wackiest ninth innings imaginable.
Mike Pelfrey tossed eight terrific innings, and it appeared the Mets were headed to a fairly simple victory. They were leading 4-2 with two outs in the top of the ninth when Jon Rauch came out of the bullpen and got pinch-hitter Brandon Belt to hit a high popup to shallow centre.
Tejada had trouble with it immediately, though, fighting to get under the ball behind shortstop as it swirled around in the wind. Rookie centre fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis came rushing in and overran the ball, which dropped behind him for a two-run double.
BREWERS 9, ROCKIES 4
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Ryan Braun broke out of a slump with a solo homer and two RBIs, helping the Brewers beat the Rockies.
Braun, who will be honoured by the Brewers on Sunday for winning the National League's Most Valuable Player award last season, hit his second homer of the season and an RBI triple while ending an 0-for-16 slide.
Alex Gonzalez hit a three-run homer and Jose Veras (2-0) pitched a perfect seventh inning to get the victory.
Troy Tulowitzki and Todd Helton homered for the Rockies.
NATIONALS 3, MARLINS 2, 10 innings
WASHINGTON (AP) — Ian Desmond hit a home run and had the game-winning sacrifice fly in the 10th inning to lift the Nationals to a win against the Marlins.
Wilson Ramos singled to lead off the 10th inning, took third on a throwing error and scored on Desmond's fly as the Nationals improved to 12-4, continuing their best start since moving to Washington from Montreal in 2005.
Florida's Logan Morrison hit a two-run homer off Brad Lidge in the top of the ninth inning to tie the game at 2.
Morrison's homer kept Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg from his third win of the season. Strasburg allowed four hits, walked one and struck out six over six scoreless innings in his fourth start of the season.
Jayson Werth also homered for the Nationals. Tom Gorzelanny (1-0) pitched the 10th inning for the win.
CUBS 6, REDS 1
CHICAGO (AP) — Paul Maholm pitched six solid innings to earn his first win in nine months and the Cubs beat the Reds to stop a six-game slide.
Maholm (1-2) allowed one run and four hits to snap a personal six-game losing streak. The left-hander struck out five and walked three in his first victory since July 10 for Pittsburgh against the Cubs.
Darwin Barney and Steve Clevenger each had three hits for the Cubs, who grabbed control with a four-run second inning. Starlin Castro had a double and a triple.
Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips went a combined 1 for 7 for the Reds, who have lost six of nine. Mike Leake (0-2) allowed 10 hits and five runs in 5 2-3 innings.
BRAVES 3, DIAMONDBACKS 2
PHOENIX (AP) — Tommy Hanson pitched seven strong innings, Dan Uggla homered and the streaking Braves beat the Diamondbacks.
Hanson allowed two runs on five hits for the Braves, who have won 10 of 11. Hanson (2-2) struck out seven, walked one and retired the last 13 batters he faced.
Uggla broke a 2-all tie with a one-out towering drive to left, his 12th career homer against the Diamondbacks.
Johnny Venters struck out the side in the eighth and Craig Kimbrel did the same in the ninth for his fourth save.
Arizona starter Joe Saunders (1-1) settled down after Uggla's home run, retiring 13 of his final 14 batters, but couldn't prevent the Diamondbacks' fifth straight loss.
PIRATES 2, CARDINALS 0
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A.J. Burnett pitched three-hit ball for seven innings in his injury-delayed Pittsburgh debut and the Pirates beat the Cardinals.
Burnett, who missed the first three weeks of the year while recovering from a fractured right orbital bone sustained during a bunting drill in spring training, walked two and struck out seven while giving up just three hits.
Joel Hanrahan worked out of a two-on, one-out jam in the ninth for his second save of the season.
St. Louis starter Jake Westbrook (2-1) gave up a pair of RBI singles to Pedro Alvarez, walking two and striking out six as his ERA moved from 0.64 to 1.31.
PADRES 5, PHILLIES 1
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Cory Luebke outpitched Roy Halladay and San Diego beat Philadelphia, snapping the Phillies' 13-game winning streak at Petco Park.
Luebke (2-1) held the Phillies to two hits in eight innings, struck out five and walked two.
The Padres hadn't beaten the Phillies in their downtown ballpark since Aug. 16, 2008. The Phillies' 13-game winning streak at Petco had been the longest active for any visiting club at any particular ballpark, and their longest winning streak at any ballpark in club history.