Padres’ Smith strikes out 10 for first career win

Associated Press photo by Butch Dill -- San Diego starting pitcher Burch Smith struck out 10 Braves and allowed no runs on  three hits in seven  innings for a 4-0 win Sunday at Turner Field in Atlanta.
Associated Press photo by Butch Dill -- San Diego starting pitcher Burch Smith struck out 10 Braves and allowed no runs on three hits in seven innings for a 4-0 win Sunday at Turner Field in Atlanta.

ATLANTA — Burch Smith struck out 10 in seven innings to earn his first major league victory, Chase Headley and Tommy Medica homered, and the San Diego Padres beat the Atlanta Braves 4-0 Sunday.

The Braves lead the NL East by 10 games over Washington. Atlanta opens a three-game series at Nationals Park on Monday night, and can clinch the division by winning twice there.

Smith (1-1) held the Braves hitless until pitcher Julio Teheran singled with one out in the sixth. Teheran advanced to third on Justin Upton’s two-out single, but Smith struck out Evan Gattis to end the threat.

Smith allowed three hits and walked two. The rookie made his fifth career start — he had a 12.41 ERA in his previous starts. He struck out seven of the first 13 Atlanta batters.

Teheran (12-8) gave up seven hits, four runs, no walks and struck out six in 6.2 innings.

Nationals 11, Phillies 2: In Washington, Wilson Ramos had four hits and five RBIs, Jordan Zimmermann pitched seven innings for his NL-best 18th win, and the Nationals kept up their late playoff push.

Washington has won eight of nine and 25 of 35.

Denard Span extended his hitting streak to 26 games, Bryce Harper hit a pair of doubles and a single and scored three times. Every player in the Nationals’ starting lineup had at least one hit.

Zimmerman (18-8) scattered seven hits and single runs in the second and third innings with seven strikeouts.

Pirates 3, Cubs 2: In Pittsburgh, Francisco Liriano took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning before faltering in his first no-decision this season, and pinch-hitter Justin Morneau singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth for the Pirates.

Morneau, acquired from Minnesota on Aug. 31, drove in his first run for the Pirates. The 2006 AL MVP is batting .279 (12-for-43) with Pittsburgh.

With the score 2-2 in the eighth, Andrew McCutchen was hit by a pitch from Pedro Strop (2-2), took second on Marlon Byrd’s bloop single to center and scored on Morneau’s single.

Brewers 6, Reds 5: In Milwaukee, Sean Halton hit a solo homer with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Brewers to a comeback victory.

Halton’s home run came off reliever Zach Duke (1-2), the fifth Cincinnati pitcher. It was Halton’s third homer of the season and first career walk-off.

Jean Segura sparked a rally with a two-run triple, and Carlos Gomez made a game-saving catch for Milwaukee.

Diamondbacks 8, Rockies 2: In Phoenix, Paul Goldschmidt homered and went 4-for-4, driving in five runs for Arizona.

Goldschmidt had an RBI single in the first inning, a two-run homer in the third and a two-run double in the fourth, all against Jhoulys Chacin (13-9).

Giants 4, Dodgers 3: In Los Angeles, Hunter Pence hit two more home runs, and pinch-hitter Brett Pill connected for a tiebreaking shot leading off the eighth inning for the Giants.

Pinch-hitter Yasiel Puig grounded out with the bases loaded to end the game.

Pence has 19 RBIs in six games. He drove in three, a day after his grand slam and career-high seven RBIs led the Giants to a 19-3 rout at Dodger Stadium.

Mets 1, Marlins 0, 12 innings: In New York, slumping rookie Travis d’Arnaud hit a winning single with two outs in the 12th inning for the Mets.

Dillon Gee and Tom Koehler took a pitchers’ duel into the eighth inning before the Marlins and Mets each used five relievers to finish off the fifth extra-inning matchup this season between the NL East’s worst teams.


Cardinals 12, Mariners 2: In St. Louis, Yadier Molina broke out of a slump with a home run and three singles as Shelby Miller and the Cardinals remained tied for first place in the NL Central.

Matt Adams also homered as St. Louis won for the seventh time in nine games and kept pace with Pittsburgh.

Miller (14-9) gave up one earned run and three hits in five innings. He became the first St. Louis rookie to reach 14 wins in a season since Dick Hughes won 16 in 1967.

Molina’s second-inning homer off Erasmo Ramirez (5-2) snapped an 0-for-15 skid. Molina scored three times and raised his average to .317.