MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers extend National League East lead
Last Updated: 02/09/13 6:49am
Yasiel Puig hits a home run for the Los Angeles Dodgers
Rookie Yasiel Puig and Zack Greinke helped the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 2-1 win over the San Diego Padres.
Greinke surrendered one run on two hits, striking out seven and walking two, as the Dodgers swept the Padres to stretch their lead at the top of the National League East to 11 1/2 games.
Puig, meanwhile, had two hits and a homer, continuing his strong form since being benched by manager Don Mattingly for his lackadaisical attitude.
David Ortiz drove in three runs as the Boston Red Sox won 7-6 to complete a three-game sweep of the Chicago White Sox.
Jacoby Ellsbury also drove in a pair and Stephen Drew homered for the Red Sox, whose American League East lead stretched to 5 1/2 games, but there was controversy in the fifth inning when a seemingly good play by Chicago third baseman Conor Gillaspie was ruled as a dropped catch, resulting ultimately in a two-run frame.
The Tampa Bay Rays lost further ground on the Red Sox as they were beaten 5-1 by the Oakland Athletics on the back of home runs from Coco Crisp and Stephen Vogt.
AJ Griffin fanned seven in seven innings of one-run ball for the Athletics, who swept the Rays and moved within a game of the Texas Rangers in the AL West.
Josmil Pinto sparked a three-run fifth in his Major League debut as the Minnesota Twins beat Texas 4-2.
Joe Kelly hurled six innings of one-run ball as the St Louis Cardinals climbed back into a share of the NL Central lead with Pittsburgh by beating the Pirates 7-2. Matt Holliday and David Freese each drove in a pair.
Mike Aviles launched a grand slam in the ninth to break open a scoreless game and lift the Cleveland Indians to a 4-0 win over the Detroit Tigers.
JJ Hardy and Adam Jones each crushed three-run homers as the Baltimore Orioles scored all their runs in the seventh to rally from three behind for a 7-3 win over the New York Yankees, while Jayson Werth's go-ahead RBI double capped a three-run rally in the eighth as the Washington Nationals beat the New York Mets 6-5.
James Shields fanned nine in seven scoreless innings as the Kansas City Royals beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-0, while JB Shuck's go-ahead bases-clearing double helped the Los Angeles Angels to a 5-3 win and a sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers.
Brett Oberholtzer hurled a four-hit shut-out as the Houston Astros beat the Seattle Mariners 2-0 while the Miami Marlins saw off Atlanta 7-0 to end the Braves' six-game winning streak.
Todd Helton had his 2,500th career hit in the Colorado Rockies' 7-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds, the Chicago Cubs beat the Philadelphia Phillies 7-1 and the San Francisco Giants were 8-2 winners over the Arizona Diamondbacks.