Baseball roundup: Kemp, Dodgers clobber San Francisco

Published: Sunday, July 29 2012 12:20 a.m. MDT

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 28: Adrian Gonzalez #28 of the Boston Red Sox watches his RBI double as he runs up the first baseline in the top of the first inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on July 28, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO — Matt Kemp homered among his four hits and drove in four runs, Chad Billingsley took a two-hitter into the eighth inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants 10-0 on Saturday.

Hanley Ramirez had three RBIs in helping the Dodgers beat San Francisco for the second straight day to pull within a game of the NL West-leading Giants.

Billingsley (6-9) drove in a run for Los Angeles with a sacrifice fly. He gave up leadoff doubles to Buster Posey in the second and Angel Pagan in the fifth, the only runners he allowed through seven innings.

BRAVES 2, PHILLIES 1: At Atlanta, Mike Minor struck out nine batters and combined with Craig Kimbrel on a four-hitter, and Jason Heyward had two hits and drove in a run for the Braves.

REDS 9, ROCKIES 7: At Denver, Johnny Cueto (13-5) overcame a rough start and pitched six effective innings, Ryan Ludwick hit two home runs, and Cincinnati won its season-high ninth straight game.

PIRATES 4, ASTROS 3: At Houston, Rod Barajas hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning, and Pittsburgh sent the Astros to their club-record 12th straight loss. Wandy Rodriguez pitched six innings in his Pittsburgh debut, allowing three runs and six hits with five walks against his former team.

NATIONALS 4, BREWERS 1: At Milwaukee, Wisconsin-native Jordan Zimmermann (8-6) pitched his first game against Milwaukee, and his Washington teammates hit three home runs.

DIAMONDBACKS 6, METS 3: At Phoenix, Miguel Montero homered, scored twice and drove in a pair of runs to help Arizona overcome Ike Davis' three home runs.

CUBS 3, CARDINALS 2: At Chicago, pinch-hitter Reed Johnson drove in the go-ahead with a bunt single in the seventh inning and the Cubs ended the Cardinals' four-game winning streak.

MARLINS 4, PADRES 2: At Miami, Jose Reyes hit a two-run homer, and Nathan Eovaldi won in his Marlins' debut.

American League

ATHLETICS 6, ORIOLES 1: At Baltimore, Yoenis Cespedes and Chris Carter hit two-run homers to back a solid performance by Bartolo Colon, and Oakland got its ninth win in 10 games.

RED SOX 8, YANKEES 6: At New York, Curtis Granderson misplayed Pedro Ciriaco's ninth-inning flyball into a go-ahead triple, and Boston beat the Yankees after Mark Teixeira had tied the score with a two-run homer in the eighth.

WHITE SOX 5, RANGERS 2: At Arlington, Texas, Adam Dunn hit his major league-leading 31st home run, Philip Humber pitched six solid innings, and Chicago won its fifth straight game.

BLUE JAYS 5, TIGERS 1: At Toronto, Edwin Encarnacion, Colby Rasmus and Yunel Escobar homered off Detroit newcomer Anibal Sanchez.

MARINERS 4, ROYALS 3: At Seattle, Kevin Millwood pitched effectively into the seventh inning, and Jesus Montero hit a two-run homer for Seattle.

TWINS 12, INDIANS 5: At Minneapolis, Samuel Deduno pitched seven strong innings for his second major league win, and Josh Willingham hit his 27th homer for Minnesota.

RAYS 3, ANGELS 0: At Anaheim, Calif., Matt Moore scattered four hits over 6-plus innings and Ben Zobrist homered for Tampa Bay.

Grienke gears up for Angels debut

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Zack Greinke said he would "get lost without a map" in Southern California, but he made himself quite comfortable as he navigated through the clubhouse on his first day with the Los Angeles Angels.

The right-hander dropped his gear in his new locker between fellow pitchers Ervin Santana and Dan Haren and began to settle in on Saturday, one day after he was traded to the Angels by the Milwaukee Brewers.

"This was the first time going through this stuff in the middle of a season, but my first goal was to win games with Milwaukee," Greinke said of the trade rumors leading up to the deal. "It just wasn't working out for us, so we knew that some of us were more likely to get traded than others. But I knew that any team I was going to get traded to was probably a pretty good team."

The arrival of the 2009 AL Cy Young Award winner gives the Angels an All-Star rotation from top to bottom, and renews their confidence for the stretch drive. Greinke now has a chance to return to the postseason one year after he helped the Brewers reach the playoffs with a 16-6 record and 3.83 ERA in the regular season.

Milwaukee dropped back this year and shipped Greinke to the Angels on Friday for rookie shortstop Jean Segura and a pair of Double-A pitchers.

This is the Angels' third big-name acquisition before the July 31 trade deadline in five years. They got Haren from Arizona in 2010 and first baseman Mark Teixeira from Atlanta in 2008.

The 28-year-old Greinke, who was 9-3 with a 3.44 ERA with the Brewers, is in the final year of a four-year, $38 million contract. He'll make his Angeles debut today against Tampa Bay.

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