PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mitch Keller struck out 10, matching his career high, in six innings for the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 6-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday to win the three-game series.
Keller (3-0) gave up two runs on five hits, getting out of a third-inning jam with runners on first and third and one out by striking out James Outman and forcing David Peralta to ground out.
The Pirates have won nine of 10, pushing their hot start to 18-8.
Julio Urías (3-3) allowed six runs on seven hits for the Dodgers, who lost the last two of the three-game series after coming back from down five for an 8-7 win Tuesday.
CUBS 5, PADRES 2
CHICAGO (AP) — Eric Hosmer and Nelson Velázquez hit back-to-back homers and Dansby Swanson added his first of the season to help Chicago past San Diego.
Manny Machado homered for the Padres, who had won five of seven.
Hayden Wesneski (2-1) worked the first five innings for Chicago, allowing four hits, striking out three and walking one.
Hosmer and Velázquez gave the Cubs the lead for good with consecutive homers off Seth Lugo (2-2) in the bottom of the second. Lugo struck out three and gave up seven hits and all four Chicago runs in five innings.
San Diego’s Matt Carpenter had a sacrifice fly in the eighth to create a save situation for Brad Boxberger.
PHILLIES 1, MARINERS 0
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Kody Clemens ripped an RBI single to right, Matt Strahm pitched scoreless ball into the sixth inning, and Philadelphia moved to .500 for the first time this season by beating Seattle.
Strahm (2-2) and four relievers helped get the Phillies to 13-13 as they head out for a six-game trip. Craig Kimbrel worked a scoreless ninth for his third save and 397th of his career, putting him on the brink of becoming the seventh reliever to ever record 400.
The Phillies got two of their three hits in the second inning to send Mariners starter George Kirby (2-2) to a loss.
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