PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Zack Greinke was 3 for 3 with a homer to offset his worst start in three years, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 10-8 on Thursday.
Greinke (11-2) gave up five runs before getting an out and finished with six runs allowed and seven hits in six innings. But he helped himself at the plate, and Adrian Gonzalez hit a three-run homer to pace the NL West leaders.
The six runs equaled the total Greinke gave up in his previous nine starts combined. He had a scoreless streak of 45 2-3 innings during that span. Greinke hadn’t allowed six earned runs since Aug. 19, 2012, when he gave up six for the Angels at Tampa Bay.
Greinke’s ERA rose from 1.41 to 1.71. His batting average went from .170 to .220.
Kenley Jansen got two outs for his 21st save in 22 chances.
Domonic Brown hit a three-run homer for the Phillies. David Buchanan (2-6) lasted four innings and gave up seven runs and 10 hits.
CUBS 5, GIANTS 4
CHICAGO (AP) — Rookie bopper Kyle Schwarber homered in his second consecutive game and Chicago beat San Francisco to move a half-game ahead of the Giants in the race for the second NL wild card.
The Cubs, playing meaningful baseball in August for the first time in years, won for the seventh time in eight games.
Jorge Soler hit a two-run single in the first inning and Schwarber made it 5-0 with a three-run drive off Chris Heston (11-6) in the second. But instead of an easy win, the Cubs had to hang on.
San Francisco’s Brandon Belt hit a two-run homer off Jason Hammel in the fourth and Brandon Crawford added another one off Tommy Hunter in the sixth to make it 5-4.
Jason Motte and Pedro Strop each worked a scoreless inning for the Cubs. Hector Rondon pitched the ninth for his 17th save in 20 chances.
The Giants lost for just the sixth time in 22 games.
Winning pitcher Justin Grimm (2-3) got out of a jam in the fifth.
YANKEES 2, RED SOX 1
NEW YORK (AP) — Jacoby Ellsbury hit a tiebreaking homer to snap out of a slump and CC Sabathia pitched six gritty innings after leaving his previous outing with dehydration, leading New York over Boston.
Alex Rodriguez had an RBI double and Justin Wilson (4-0) struck out three batters in the seventh to help the Yankees take two of three from the last-place Red Sox.
The AL East leaders next face a pair of Cy Young Award winners, R.A. Dickey and Toronto newcomer David Price, when they take on the streaking Blue Jays in a key weekend series. The division rivals, separated by 4 1/2 games, play the first of 13 remaining games against one another Friday night.
Andrew Miller put two on in the ninth but struck out Rusney Castillo to remain perfect in 24 save chances.
Ellsbury connected with two outs in the seventh off 22-year-old Eduardo Rodriguez (6-4).