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Dodgers off to historic start

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers turned a bizarre triple play in the top of the ninth inning, then Dee Gordon singled home the winning run in the bottom half for a 5-4 win over the San Diego Padres on Sunday and a three-game sweep.

The Dodgers improved to 9-1, the best mark in the major leagues and equaling their best start ever in Los Angeles.

Matt Kemp hit his fourth homer in three games as the Dodgers sent San Diego to its fourth loss in a row.

The Dodgers gave Clayton Kershaw a 4-1 lead. But Josh Lindblom gave up a tying two-run single to pinch-hitter Jeremy Hermida in the sixth, leaving last year's NL Cy Young winner with his third no-decision in as many starts.

BRAVES 7, BREWERS 4: At Atlanta, Chipper Jones hit a three-run homer in his return after missing two games, Brandon Beachy pitched seven strong innings and the surging Braves beat the Milwaukee Brewers for a three-game sweep.

PHILLIES 8, METS 2: At Philadelphia, Cole Hamels pitched seven strong innings and Ty Wigginton drove in four runs, leading the Phillies over the Mets to avoid a sweep. Hamels (1-1) struck out 10.

CARDINALS 10, CUBS 3: At St. Louis, Jake Westbrook allowed one earned run in seven strong innings and rookie Matt Carpenter homered, tripled and drove in five runs for the Cardinals in a victory over the Chicago Cubs. Cubs starter Paul Maholm (0-2) surrendered six runs in four innings.

REDS 8, NATIONALS 5 (11): At Washington, Joey Votto hit a two-run double in the 11th inning and Cincinnati avoided a four-game sweep with a victory over the Nationals. The Reds, who had scored just 10 runs in losing five of six, scored their most runs in a game this season.

MARLINS 5, ASTROS 4 (11): At Miami, Omar Infante and Hanley Ramirez hit the Miami Marlins' first homers in their new ballpark, activating the much-discussed home run sculpture and helping to beat Houston in 11 innings.

DIAMONDBACKS 5, ROCKIES 2: At Denver, Trevor Cahill earned his first win with Arizona and Chris Young homered and drove in three runs as the Diamondbacks beat the Rockies to avoid a series sweep. Acquired from Oakland in the offseason, Cahill (1-0) held the Rockies to four singles in 7 1-3 innings.

PIRATES 4, GIANTS 1: At San Francisco, Kevin Correia pitched six effective innings, Garrett Jones homered and the Pirates ended a five-game losing skid with a victory over the Giants.


RED SOX 6, RAYS 4: At Boston, David Ortiz doubled in the go-ahead run for his seventh consecutive hit and the Boston Red Sox won their third straight game over the Tampa Bay Rays.

BLUE JAYS 9, ORIOLES 2: At Toronto, Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run homer, Brett Lawrie added a solo shot and the Blue Jays used a seven-run sixth inning to beat Baltimore and avoid what would have been their first three-game sweep by the Orioles since April 2005.

RANGERS 4, TWINS 3: At Minneapolis, Josh Hamilton's two-run homer in the eighth capped a three-run inning for the Rangers and set up Joe Nathan for the save against his former team

TIGERS 5, WHITE SOX 2: At Chicago, Gerald Laird homered among his three hits to back a strong outing by Rick Porcello and lead Detroit to a victory over the White Sox, snapping Chicago's four-game winning streak.

INDIANS 13, ROYALS 7: At Kansas City, Mo., Travis Hafner hit one of the longest home runs in Kauffman Stadium history, Shelly Duncan homered and drove in three runs and Cleveland romped past the Royals for a three-game sweep.

MARINERS 5, ATHLETICS 3: At Seattle, Brendan Ryan hit a two-run homer, Justin Smoak added a solo shot and the Mariners beat Oakland.

YANKEES 11, ANGELS 5: At New York, Derek Jeter hit a three-run homer to extend his fast start and Ivan Nova won his 14th straight decision for New York. Raul Ibanez added a titanic homer and Jeter also doubled during a four-run rally in the third inning.