Pirates 10, Dodgers 6: An angry A.J. Burnett (15-4) outperformed the even angrier Los Angeles Dodgers. Garrett Jones hit two three-run homers, Burnett became the first Pirates pitcher with 15 wins in 13 years, and host Pittsburgh avoided a four-game sweep.
Dodgers slugger Matt Kemp and Manager Don Mattingly were ejected during the top of the second inning, setting off a lengthy argument that was mostly directed at home-plate umpire Angel Campos. Dodgers starter and former UK standout Joe Blanton later ran toward Campos as he was walking off the field after being removed in the fifth inning.
Blanton (8-11) fell to 0-2 since being acquired in a trade from Philadelphia. He gave up eight runs, seven hits and a season-high four walks in 41⁄3 innings. The Dodgers had a four-game winning streak snapped.
Burnett, who had seven strikeouts, got angry after the Dodgers took their only lead in the fourth when Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run homer. As Ramirez rounded second base during his home-run trot, he circled his eyes with his fingers as he turned in the direction of Burnett. The gesture is a trademark of Ramirez's.
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"If you're going to hit a homer, act like you've hit one before," Burnett said.
Braves 6, Padres 0: Chipper Jones homered twice on a night when a big crowd turned out to get his bobblehead, and host Atlanta won its 15th straight game with Kris Medlen (4-1) as a starter. Seizing the moment before a weeknight turnout of 33,157 — more than the previous two nights combined — the 40-year-old Jones hit a two-run homer in the first, then added a towering solo shot over the wall in center field in the fifth.
In between his frequent stints as a reliever, Atlanta has won 15 consecutive times when Medlen begins the game since May 2010. That is the longest current streak in the majors and ties the franchise record set by John Smoltz during his Cy Young Award-winning season in 1996.
Rangers 10, Yankees 6: Craig Gentry turned a spot start into a tiebreaking hit and visiting Texas avoided a four-game sweep in a matchup of AL division leaders. Gentry started for the first time in two weeks, and his two-out, two-run single in the seventh inning put the Rangers ahead 7-5. Adrian Beltre also had three RBI while Josh Hamilton doubled twice and scored three times.
Red Sox 6, Orioles 3: Clay Buchholz (11-3) shook off a rocky start to earn his 11th win, Dustin Pedroia singled in the tiebreaking run in the sixth inning and visiting Boston avoided a three-game sweep.