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HOUSTON (AP) Scott Kazmir pitched six solid innings, Jose Altuve and Luis Valbuena homered and the Houston Astros defeated Zack Greinke and the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1 Saturday night.

A night after teammate Mike Fiers pitched a no-hitter against the Dodgers, Kazmir (7-8) didn't permit a runner until Jimmy Rollins singled to start the fourth inning.

The Astros won a matchup of division leaders and ended an eight-game winning streak by Greinke (13-3).

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Kazmir rebounded from his worst start with the Astros, giving up one run and six hits while striking out eight.

Relievers Will Harris and Pat Neshek each pitched a perfect inning and Luke Gregerson worked the ninth for his 24th save.


PITTSBURGH (AP) - Starling Marte hit a solo home run off George Kontos with two outs in the ninth inning, lifting Pittsburgh over San Francisco.

Jung Ho Kang hit a pair of solo homers for the Pirates in the matchup of playoff contenders.

Marte sent the first pitch he saw from Kontos (2-2) into the sun-drenched seats in left field for his second career walkoff hit. Mark Melancon (3-1) needed six pitches to get through the top of the ninth.


NEW YORK (AP) - Luis Severino earned his first major league win, getting all the support he needed in the first inning Saturday on a pair of home runs from Brett Gardner and Brian McCann as the New York Yankees beat Cleveland.

Making his fourth career start, the 21-year-old Severino (1-2) gave up a one-out homer in the first to fellow rookie Francisco Lindor, but yielded only two singles and four walks in the remainder of his gritty innings.

Danny Salazar (11-7) took the loss.

The Yankees retired the No. 20 of former catcher Jorge Posada before the game.


BOSTON (AP) - Salvador Perez hit a three-run homer, Yordano Ventura pitched six effective innings and AL Central-leading Kansas City ended Boston's four-game winning streak.

Ventura (8-7) gave up one run and six hits, striking out six. He improved to 4-0 in his last six starts.

Greg Holland got Travis Shaw to pop out with the bases loaded for final out, earning his 28th save.

Mookie Betts hit a solo homer and David Ortiz had two singles and three walks for the Red Sox.

Leading 2-0 in the sixth, the Royals chased Matt Barnes (3-4) when Perez homered.


BALTIMORE (AP) - Byron Buxton picked up his first major league RBI with a tiebreaking single in the seventh inning and Minnesota beat Baltimore.

After overcoming a two-run deficit in the eighth on Friday night, Minnesota handed Chris Tillman (9-8) his first loss since May 31.

The Twins have won seven straight over Baltimore dating to last season. They are 6-0 against the Orioles this season.

Casey Fien (4-5) pitched 1 1-3 innings to earn his second win in two nights. He entered in the sixth and struck out Manny Machado with the bases loaded and two outs.

Kevin Jepsen got three straight outs for his eighth save.


DETROIT (AP) - Yovani Gallardo took a shutout into the seventh inning, and Texas spoiled Randy Wolf's return to the majors by defeating Detroit.

Gallardo (10-9) allowed eight hits in six-plus innings. The Tigers didn't score until Ian Kinsler's three-run homer with two outs in the ninth.

Wolf (0-1) gave up three earned runs and nine hits in seven innings in his first major league start since June 2014. Wolf, who turned 39 on Saturday, was acquired by Detroit in a trade with Toronto on Thursday.


CHICAGO (AP) - Miguel Montero and Jorge Soler hit back-to-back home runs and the eighth inning and the Chicago Cubs beat Atlanta for their third straight win.

Nick Swisher homered from both sides of the plate in the Braves' sixth loss in a row.

Montero and Soler connected off Edwin Jackson (2-2), released by the Cubs last month. Addison Russell and Anthony Rizzo homered earlier for Chicago.

Swisher connected left-handed and right-handed in the same game for the 14th time, tying Mark Teixeira for most ever.

Pedro Strop (2-6) got the win. Hector Rondon pitched the ninth for his 23rd save in 27 chances.


WASHINGTON (AP) - Anthony Rendon homered and doubled to drive in two runs, rookie Joe Ross allowed one run in seven innings and Washington beat Milwaukee.

Michael Taylor hit a home run for the third straight night, connecting on a two-run shot for Washington, which had lost eight of 10.

Ross (4-5), 0-2 with a 9.35 ERA in his two previous starts, gave up six hits, struck out four and didn't walk a batter.

Taylor Jungmann (7-5) endured his worst outing of the season. He went four innings, allowing five runs and seven hits.


CINCINNATI (AP) - Paul Goldschmidt hit a pair of two-run homers, Ender Inciarte homered Arizona handed Cincinnati its eighth straight loss.

Goldschmidt, who hadn't homered since July 27, had the seventh multihomer game of his career and finished with four hits and three runs.

All-Star center fielder A.J. Pollock followed his back-to-back four-hit games by going 3 for 5 and scoring two runs for Arizona.

Zack Godley (4-0) allowed one run in 3 2-3 innings. Daniel Hudson got two outs for his second save.

Anthony DeSclafani (7-9) took the loss.


MIAMI (AP) - Aaron Altherr and Darin Ruf hit back-to-back solo home runs in the ninth inning, sending Philadelphia past Miami.

Altherr broke the tie with a homer off A.J. Ramos (1-4). Ruf followed with a homer on the next pitch to give the Phillies consecutive homers for the first time this season.

Elvis Araujo (2-1) got the final out of the eighth inning to earn the win. Ken Giles pitched a perfect ninth for his ninth save in 12 chances.