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Dodgers avoid sweep with help from Belliard's big day

| April 9, 2010 9:00 PM


Ronnie Belliard homered among three extra base hits and drove in four runs, and the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers avoided being swept in a three-game series by the Pittsburgh Pirates for the first time in 10 years with a 10-2 victory Thursday.

The Dodgers hadn't been swept in a three-game series by Pittsburgh since Sept. 4-6, 2000, in Los Angeles.

Reds 2, Cardinals 1: Jonny Gomes hit a solo homer with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning, lifting Cincinnati past visiting St. Louis.

Nationals 6, Phillies 5: Ryan Zimmerman drove in the tiebreaking run with a single in the seventh and host Washington edged Philadelphia.

Cubs 2, Braves 0: Randy Wells pitched six scoreless innings, leading Chicago at Atlanta.

Marlins 3, Mets 1: Nate Robertson pitched five solid innings, leading Florida at New York.


Blue Jays 3, Rangers 1: At Arlington, Texas, Vernon Wells hit his fourth homer in three games and Toronto rallied past Texas.

Twins 10, Angels 1: At Anaheim, Calif., Jim Thome, Brendan Harris and Delmon Young all homered, leading Minnesota past Los Angeles.

Tigers 7, Royals 3: Miguel Cabrera homered and drove in four runs, leading Detroit at Kansas City.

Indians 5, White Sox 3, 11 inn.: Asdrubal Cabrera's RBI single in the 11th lifted Cleveland at Chicago.

Orioles 5, Rays 4: At St. Petersburg, Fla., Garrett Atkins had two RBIs and Baltimore beat Tampa Bay.

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