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Justin Turner and Kike Hernandez lead Dodgers to victory over Arizona

Dickerson three-run homer in the eighth inning carries Tampa Bay 4-1 over Cleveland

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Justin Turner of Los Angeles Dodgers doubles on a fly ball to left field driving in two runs against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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Phoenix: National League batting average leader Justin Turner and Kike Hernandez drove in a combined five runs, helping Yu Darvish pick up his second win in as many starts for the Los Angeles Dodgers in their 8-6 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday.

The Dodgers, with two wins in the three-game series with Arizona, have won or tied 18 straight series, not having lost one since June 5-7 against Washington. They have won 15 of their last 17 games.

The Diamondbacks have lost four of five.

The Dodgers staked Darvish to a three-run lead before he even took the mound. Two singles and a two-out walk to Logan Forsythe brought up Hernandez, who with two strikes pulled a bases-clearing double into the left-field corner.

Darvish got out of the first two innings with six three-ball counts, and Arizona rallied as his pitch count climbed.

Corey Dickerson’s three-run homer in the eighth inning carried Tampa Bay 4-1 over Cleveland.

Dickerson’s two-out blast off Nick Goody (1-2), his 22nd, came after Adeiny Hechavarria singled and Jesus Sucre was hit by a pitch.

Tommy Hunter (2-2) worked 1 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of Blake Snell to get the win. Alex Colome pitched the ninth for his 34th save in 39 opportunities.

Francisco Lindor opened the game with a double and scored on Jose Ramirez’s single. It was the only run for the AL Central-leading Indians off Snell, who gave up four hits and two walks in 6 1/3 innings.

Snell (0-6, 4.69 ERA) made his 15th start, the most of any winless pitcher in the majors this season.

Logan Morrison drove in Tampa Bay’s first run with a single in the fifth.

Marco Estrada and two relievers combined on a six-hitter, Jose Bautista hit a solo home run and Toronto beat New York 4-0.

Estrada (5-7) pitched seven innings to win for the first time in 13 starts. The right-hander came in 0-5 with a 7.39 ERA since beating Texas on May 27.

Ryan Tepera worked the eighth and Roberto Osuna finished.

Bautista hit a two-out drive off Chasen Shreve in the seventh. It was his 36th career homer against New York, breaking a tie with Tampa Bay’s Evan Longoria for the most by an active player.

Making his second start for the Yankees, Sonny Gray (6-7) allowed three runs, two of them earned, in six innings. He walked four and struck out six. Acquired from Oakland at the trade deadline, Gray lost at Cleveland in his Yankees debut.

 

Fact Box

Results from the MLB games on Thursday (home team in CAPS)

LA Angels 6 SEATTLE 3

Baltimore 7 OAKLAND 2

LA Dodgers 8 ARIZONA 6

CHICAGO WHITE SOX 3 Houston 2

Minnesota 7 MILWAUKEE 2

ST. LOUIS 8 Kansas City 6

TAMPA BAY 4 Cleveland 1

TORONTO 4 NY Yankees 0

WASHINGTON 3 Miami 2

NY Mets 10 PHILADELPHIA 0

Pittsburgh 7 DETROIT 5

CINCINNATI 10 San Diego 3

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