Another gem by Greinke...Cards closing in on Pirates...No. 46 for Davis
UNDATED (AP) — Zack Greinke (GREHN'-kee) allowed one run in eight innings to win his fourth start in a row and the Los Angeles Dodgers took advantage of sloppy defense by the Miami Marlins for the second consecutive night in a 4-1 victory. Greinke improved to 12-3, allowing six hits, and lowered his ERA to 2.91.
The Marlins' lone run came on a first-inning homer by Giancarlo Stanton, and they had only one hit after the fourth inning.
Miami committed a season-high three errors, including two in the Dodgers' three-run fourth inning. Two Marlins errors led to two unearned in their 6-4 loss Tuesday.
In other NL finals:
__ Carlos Beltran and Allen Craig hit towering home runs in a six-run second inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals held off the Milwaukee Brewers 8-6. Matt Holliday also homered and Shane Robinson had three hits for the Cardinals, who have climbed within a game of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NL Central race.
__ San Diego nipped Pittsburgh 2-1. Ian Kennedy pitched seven strong innings, combining with two relievers on a four-hitter. Yonder Alonso drove in two runs as the Padres avoided a three-game sweep.
__ Braves third baseman Chris Johnson banged a three-run home run in the top of the 10th inning in a 4-1 win over the Mets in New York. Johnson connected on the first pitch from reliever Greg Burke threw since being recalled from the minors on Sunday. The NL East leading Braves have won 20 of their last 24.
__ Philadelphia rallied with two in the ninth to nip Colorado 4-3. Michael Young hit the winning single with one out in the ninth after Carlos Ruiz tied the game with a double.
__ The Cincinnati Reds used a 15-hit attack to outscore Arizona 10-7. Shin-Soo Choo went 4 for 5 with a homer and three RBIs for the Reds.
__ Ex-Cub Scott Hairston delivered a three-run pinch home run in the seventh inning to break a tie and send the Washington Nationals past Chicago 11-6. Jayson Werth also hit a three-run homer for the Nats.
In the AL:
__ The Yankees handed Toronto its 12th straight loss in New York, 4-2. Alfonso Soriano hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the eighth on a night when Ichiro Suzuki (EE'-cheer-oh soo-ZOO'-kee) got his 4,000th hit between the major leagues and Japan.
— Chris Davis hit his major league leading 46th home run, Adam Jones also homered, and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 to avoid a three-game sweep.
— Torii Hunter hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the seventh inning and scored from second base on a passed ball to help the Detroit Tigers beat the Minnesota Twins 7-1.
__ Justin Masterson won his 14th game, Nick Swisher hit a two-run homer and the Cleveland Indians completed a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels, 3-1.
__ Brendan Ryan drove in three runs to lead Seattle to a 5-3 win over Oakland. Michael Morse and Brad Miller homered for the Mariners. The loss dropped the Athletics two and a-half games back of Texas for first in the AL West.
__ Texas pushed across a run in the bottom of the ninth to beat Houston 5-4. Elvis Andrus delivered the game-winning sacrifice fly to finish a three-game sweep of the Astros.
__ Dayan Viciedo hit his second career grand slam to highlight a five-run inning for the Chicago White Sox in their 5-2 win over Kansas City.
In interleague action:
— Stephen Drew and Will Middlebrooks each hit a home run, Jonny Gomes and Jarrod Saltalamacchia (sahl-tah-lah-MAH'-kee-ah) drove in two runs apiece and the Boston Red Sox routed the San Francisco Giants 12-1 at AT&T Park. Felix Doubront rebounded from a tough outing to pitch eight strong innings for the Red Sox, and improved to 9-6.
MLB-SUZUKI 4,000 HITS
Milestone for Ichiro
NEW YORK (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki (EE'-cheer-oh soo-ZOO'-kee) has singled for his 4,000th career hit between Japan and the major leagues.
The 39-year-old Suzuki slashed a line drive the opposite way to left field off Toronto's R.A. Dickey in the first inning Wednesday night for the milestone hit.
He has 2,722 hits in a 13-year major league career and amassed 1,278 hits in nine seasons with Orix of Japan's Pacific League.
His Yankees teammates streamed out of the dugout and surrounded him at first base. A grinning Suzuki then faced the cheering fans and bowed.
Pete Rose with 4,256 hits and Ty Cobb with 4,191 are the only two players that have reached the number solely in the major leagues.
A-Rod to only talk baseball...Braves' Heyward out with broken jaw
UNDATED (AP) — Alex Rodriguez says he's cutting off all non-baseball talk after a wild weekend of accusations and retaliations on and off the field. The three-time MVP says he wants to put the focus solely on baseball while the Yankees make a push for a spot in the playoffs.
Over the weekend, Rodriguez said he asked the players' union to file a grievance over his medical treatment. MLB responded by challenging him to make public the evidence that led to the 211-game suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs.
In other baseball news:
__ Atlanta Braves outfielder Jason Heyward sustained two jaw fractures when he was hit by a pitch from New York's Jonathon Niese (neese) in the sixth inning, and most likely is out until the playoffs. MLB.com reported Heyward would be put on the disabled list and is likely out four-to-six weeks.
— Free agent outfielder Roger Bernadina has signed with the Phillies. He hit .178 with two home runs and six RBIs in 85 games with the Washington Nationals this year. Last season, Bernadina hit .291 with a .372 on-base percentage in 129 games for the Nats. To make room on their roster the Phillies optioned Michael Martinez to Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
— Long time Cardinals broadcaster and former player Mike Shannon is recovering after heart surgery. The club says the 74-year-old is resting comfortably after having his aorta valve replaced.
Lee's big payday in Big-D...Foster back practicing
UNDATED (AP) — Dallas Cowboys middle linebacker Sean Lee signed a six-year contract extension. It's a deal that goes through the 2019 season.
A story on the team's website Wednesday night said Lee's deal is worth about $42 million, but could escalate as high as $51 million depending on different incentives. The guaranteed money is around $16 million.
In other NFL news:
— Houston running back Arian Foster was removed from the physically unable to perform list and practiced with the Texans for the first time since May. Foster strained his right calf in an offseason practice in late May and struggled with a sore back after recovering from that injury.
— The Baltimore Ravens have acquired running back Delone Carter from the Indianapolis Colts in a trade for wide receiver David Reed. Carter has started three games over two seasons with the Colts, running 133 times for 499 yards and five touchdowns. The 26-year-old Reed has five career receptions for 66 yards over three years. All five catches came last year.
— New York Jets fullback Lex Hilliard has been placed on season-ending injured reserve after seriously injuring his shoulder at practice. A person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press that Hilliard has a broken shoulder blade that requires surgery.
__ Defensive end Antonio Smith of the Texans has been suspended by the NFL for the last two preseason games as well as the season opener for hitting Miami guard Richie Incognito with the Dolphins player's helmet.
__ Veteran kicker Rian Lindell (RY'-an lin-DEL') has signed with Tampa Bay two days after being cut by Buffalo. Lindell spent the past 10 seasons with the Bills, where he ranked second in franchise history with 225 field goals made and 980 points scored. The Bucs signed the veteran of 13 seasons because pre-training camp acquisition Lawrence Tynes has a toe injury that has prevented him from kicking this preseason.
— Linebacker Jonathan Bostic of the Bears has been fined for a hit during last week's preseason game against San Diego. A person familiar with the situation says the fine is worth $21,000.
— Steelers rookie running back Le'Veon Bell will miss Saturday night's exhibition game against Kansas City. He is in the process of getting a second opinion on his sprained right foot. Bell underwent an MRI on Tuesday after he was hurt in the first quarter Monday night's 24-13 loss to Washington. The Steelers took Bell 42nd overall in the draft last April, hoping he could help fill the void left Rashard Mendenhall left in free agency.
__ The Arizona Cardinals have signed Dan Carpenter to compete with Jay Feely as the team's kicker. Carpenter was released by the Miami Dolphins a week ago.
Fish, Sharapova to miss Open
NEW YORK (AP) — Former top-10 player Mardy Fish has pulled out of next week's U.S. Open. The U.S. Tennis Association said the 31-year old American cited "personal reasons" for withdrawing. Fish, who has been dealing with heart issues, has missed all of this year's Grand Slam events. He has played only eight matches on the ATP World Tour this year, going 3-5.
The U.S. Tennis Association says 2006 champion Maria Sharapova (shah-rah-POH'-vah) is withdrawing from the U.S. Open because of a right shoulder injury. Sharapova, who was seeded third at the Open, has played only one match on tour since her second-round loss at Wimbledon in June.
Clippers' Paul new president
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Los Angeles Clippers star Chris Paul has been elected president of the NBA players' association. The vote came six months after the players fired Billy Hunter as executive director.
Hunter countered with a wrongful-termination lawsuit in May, accusing Derek Fisher, the former union president, of conspiring with league officials during the 2011 lockout.
Also Wednesday, Roger Mason Jr. was elected first vice president, and Anthony Tolliver and Steve Blake were elected vice presidents.
Google, NFL in talks
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Google has been holding talks with the National Football League, raising speculation that the Internet monolith is seeking new inroads into television.
Other tech companies like Apple are reportedly in talks with cable providers to boost access to blockbuster television shows through their devices.
With Google sitting on a cash pile of $48 billion, the league's Sunday Ticket package is easily within its reach.
The NFL confirmed its meetings with Google Wednesday, but declined to discuss the nature of those talks, as did Google.