Kemp’s Return a Big Success
Washington — Matt Kemp returned to the lineup with a home run and a double in the same inning Sunday, and the Los Angeles Dodgers completed a sweep of the Washington Nationals with a 9-2 win that moved them into a tie for first place — at least temporarily — in the NL West.
Activated from the 15-day disabled list before the game, Kemp led off the second with a homer that bounced among the cherry trees beyond the left-field stands. He then doubled home Andre Ethier in a seven-run inning against Jordan Zimmermann (12-5), quickly turning a much-anticipated matchup of All-Star aces into a rout.
Clayton Kershaw (9-6) allowed two runs and two hits over seven innings with nine strikeouts and no walks, leaving his major league-best ERA at 2.01.
Cardinals 3, Padres 2
St. Louis — Adam Wainwright worked eight sharp innings for his National League-leading 13th win and Allen Craig made a game-ending leaping catch at the left field wall as St. Louis beat San Diego.
Craig has 12 hits and six RBIs during a seven-game hitting streak for the Cardinals, who took two of three in both series against the Padres this season. The St. Louis defense turned three double plays behind Wainwright (13-5), who allowed two runs with seven strikeouts and worked around two walks.
Pirates 3, Reds 2
Cincinnati — Jeff Locke allowed only an infield single through six innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat Homer Bailey to salvage the final game of their series with Cincinnati.
Second-place Pittsburgh left town with a three-game cushion over the Reds, who won the first two games of the series.
Locke (9-2) and the majors’ second-stingiest bullpen limited the Reds to three singles, but issued seven walks and let a run score on a wild pitch. Jason Grilli worked the ninth for his 30th save in 31 chances.
Mets 5, Phillies 0
New York — Matt Harvey struck out 10 in seven overpowering innings, and David Wright and Juan Lagares each hit a home run upheld by video review to lead the New York Mets over Philadelphia.
Marlon Byrd followed Wright’s first-inning homer off the dark metal railing atop the new left-field wall with a no-doubter into the second deck against Cliff Lee (10-4) for New York’s first back-to-back homers of the season.
Lagares’ drive that also struck the railing in left was a three-run shot, giving New York a 5-0 lead against the 2008 AL Cy Young Award winner. Lagares made a running catch in center field with Delmon Young on third base in the seventh to help preserve the shutout.
Brewers 1, Marlins 0
Milwaukee — Caleb Gindl hit his first career home run in the bottom of the 13th inning and Milwaukee beat Miami, shutting out the punchless Marlins for the third consecutive game.
Miami has gone a club-record 37 innings without a run, the longest drought by a major league team in 28 years. The Houston Astros were held scoreless for 42 consecutive innings in July 1985, according to STATS.
Rockies 4, Cubs 3
Denver — Tyler Chatwood pitched six strong innings, Nolan Arenado hit a go-ahead single and Colorado beat Chicago to win the three-game series.
Chatwood (6-3), who went the distance last time out but was a tough-luck loser to Zack Greinke and the Los Angeles Dodgers 1-0, allowed seven hits and two runs, one earned.
Diamondbacks 3, Giants 1
San Francisco — Paul Goldschmidt hit a sacrifice fly and a double against All-Star Madison Bumgarner, Cody Ross added a late two-run single, and the first-place Diamondbacks held off a late rally by San Francisco to avoid a three-game sweep.
The D-backs snapped a three-game losing streak with their first victory of the second half.
Randall Delgado (2-3) won in his first career start at AT&T Park, and Goldschmidt’s first-inning sac fly got things going against the inconsistent defending World Series champions. Arizona threw out Buster Posey at the plate in the sixth.
A day after stranding 13 baserunners and going 2 for 12 with runners in scoring position, the D-backs did just enough against Bumgarner in the 10-game winner’s first outing after the All-Star break.
Ross singled in the eighth as Arizona won for just the fourth time in 16 road games.