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September 8, 2013

Reds edge Dodgers to keep pace in NL Central race

Tigers fall in one-run loss to division-rival Royals.

Billy Hamilton stole second in the 10th inning to set up Todd Frazier’s game-winning single, helping the Cincinnati Reds beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3 on Saturday.

Ryan Ludwick opened the Cincinnati 10th with a leadoff walk against Brian Wilson (1-1). Reds manager Dusty Baker then went to the dynamic Hamilton, and the speedy prospect took second as catcher A.J. Ellis dropped the ball while taking it out of his glove.

Frazier followed with a line-drive single into right field to give Cincinnati five wins in its last six games. J.J. Hoover got three outs for the victory.

Yasiel Puig hit a two-run homer for NL West-leading Los Angeles.

Brewers 5, Cubs 3

Logan Schafer hit a three-run triple and Johnny Hellweg pitched six innings for his first career major league victory in the Milwaukee Brewers’ 5-3 win over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.

Hellweg (1-3) allowed three runs on four hits. He struck out one and pitched around three walks to finally earn his first victory after flourishing in the minors.

Brewers relievers Rob Wooten and Brandon Kintzler each pitched a scoreless inning then Jim Henderson pitched a perfect ninth for his 23rd save in 27 opportunities.

Hellweg was the Pacific Coast League’s pitcher of the year after going 12-5 with a 3.15 ERA in 23 starts at Triple-A Nashville.

The Cubs got solo homers from Luis Valbuena and Brian Bogusevic who fell to 16 games under .500 at Wrigley Field. With the loss, the Cubs dropped behind the Brewers for last place in the NL Central.

Cardinals 5, Pirates 0

Adam Wainwright bounced back from back-to-back sub-par outings with seven shutout innings and David Freese homered to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday night.

The victory moved the Cardinals into first place, a half-game ahead of the Pirates in the NL Central with their third win in four games. Pittsburgh has lost four of six including the first two of the three-game set. The Pirates remain stuck on 81 wins, one shy of assuring them a winning record for the first time since they went 96-66 in 1992.

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