CHICAGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres may be at the bottom of the National League, but Austin Hedges is at the top of his game.
Hedges hit a go-ahead, three-run homer, Robbie Erlin pitched two-hit ball over five innings in a spot start and the Padres beat the Chicago Cubs 6-1 on Thursday night to end a season-high, seven-game losing streak.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Power boosted the Cincinnati Reds to a rare win.
Scooter Gennett, Eugenio Suarez and Tucker Barnhart homered, and the Reds beat the Miami Marlins 6-3 Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep.
Billy Hamilton had three hits and stole a pair of bases to increase his major league-leading total to 43 as the Reds finished a 2-8 homestand in which they allowed 23 homers and 72 runs. Opponents reached double figures in scoring four times.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — With two more home runs to pad his already impressive total in the first half, Miami's Giancarlo Stanton sure looks ready to make a strong defense of his Home Run Derby title during the All-Star break.
A sweep of the San Francisco Giants to complete their long road trip also has the Marlins feeling optimistic about their own situation.
MIAMI (AP) — Washington Nationals ace Max Scherzer's bid for the third no-hitter of his big league career has ended with an infield single by the Miami Marlins' A.J. Ellis with one out in the eighth inning.
Ellis lifts Marlins to 6-5 win over Diamondbacks
MIAMI (AP) — A.J. Ellis battled. And battled. And battled.
Ellis hit a tiebreaking single on the 14th pitch of an at-bat against Archie Bradley in the seventh inning, lifting the Miami Marlins over the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-5 on Sunday for their seventh win in eight games.
"I was just glad I didn't have to swing anymore," Ellis said. "My back and my obliques were getting gassed."
Marlins catcher Ellis is a backup with several major roles
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Tom Koehler already understands why A.J. Ellis is considered a pitcher's catcher even though they've only been Marlins teammates for a week.
AP sources: Locke, McGowan, Ellis agree with Marlins
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Left-hander Jeff Locke has agreed to a one-year contract with the Miami Marlins worth $3,025,000, according to two people familiar with the negotiations.
In addition, the Marlins agreed to a $2.5 million, one-year contract with catcher A.J. Ellis and kept right-hander Dustin McGowan for a $1.75 million, one-year contract, one of the people said.
The people spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the agreements had not been announced.
Dodgers to carry 3 catchers for NLDS against Nationals
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Dodgers will carry three catchers on their 25-man roster in the National League Division Series against Washington.
Manager Dave Roberts said Tuesday he likes rookie Austin Barnes' versatility, while Carlos Ruiz will back up starter Yasmani Grandal behind the plate.
Phillies vets call team meeting after 12-2 loss to Atlanta
ATLANTA (AP) — Pete Mackanin had to meet with reporters in the tunnel outside the clubhouse.
The Philadelphia Phillies manager didn't mind the inconvenience.
Ryan Howard and A.J. Ellis called a team meeting after the Phillies lost for the fourth time in five games, falling 12-2 to the surging Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night.
"It's nice," Mackanin said. "It means somebody cares."
Hellickson’s 3-hitter leads Phillies over Marlins 8-0
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jeremy Hellickson kept his mindset simple.
Hellickson pitched a three-hitter and A.J. Ellis backed him with a three-run double to lead the Philadelphia Phillies over the fading Miami Marlins 8-0 Saturday night.
"Keep the ball down, get ahead and let the defense work," Hellickson said.
Sounds easy. Hellickson certainly made it look that way.
"That was fun. He's been outstanding all year," Phillies manager Pete Mackanin said. "He's a great guy, a good worker and very focused."
Jose Urena and fading Marlins lose 3-0 to Phillies
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jose Urena knows he needs to learn. The Miami Marlins pitcher could have looked to the other dugout for a lesson on Saturday night.
Urena lasted just two innings in his worst start since entering the Miami rotation on July 19, and Jeremy Hellickson pitched a three-hitter to lead the Philadelphia Phillies to an 8-0 win over the fading Marlins.
Gonzalez strong for 7 innings, Nationals beat Phillies
WASHINGTON (AP) — Gio Gonzalez pitched seven sharp innings, Anthony Rendon doubled home the tiebreaking run and the NL East-leading Washington Nationals defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 3-2 on Sunday.
Gonzalez (11-9) gave up one run on four hits, striking out five with one walk. He bounced back from a rough outing against Atlanta in his last start when he allowed six runs in three innings.
Recurring injuries hurt Mets again in 5-1 loss to Phillies
NEW YORK (AP) — Just when the Mets were beginning to build some late-season momentum, three recurring injuries stalled them again.
A.J. Ellis got a big hit in his Philadelphia debut, breaking a seventh-inning tie with a two-run double Sunday that sent the Phillies to a 5-1 victory over New York.
Vince Velasquez and four relievers quieted a streaking Mets lineup that was minus ailing sluggers Yoenis Cespedes (quad) and Neil Walker (back).
Ellis gets big hit in Phillies debut to key 5-1 win vs Mets
NEW YORK (AP) — A.J. Ellis didn't wait long to endear himself to the Philadelphia Phillies. All he needed was three at-bats.
Ellis got a big hit in his Philadelphia debut, breaking a seventh-inning tie with a two-run double Sunday that sent the Phillies to a 5-1 victory over the New York Mets.
Philadelphia salvaged the series finale after getting outscored 21-5 in the first two games.
LEADING OFF: Ellis starts for Phils, Jones maybe OK for O’s
A look at what's happening all around the majors Sunday:
Ruiz gets rude welcome in Dodgers’ 6-4 loss to Cubs
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carlos Ruiz got a rude welcome to working with Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen, whose cutter proved too much of a moving target to catch.
Ruiz couldn't handle Jansen's wild pitch that led to the Cubs tying the game in the ninth. He didn't have much time to study Jansen after being acquired Thursday from the Phillies for popular catcher A.J. Ellis.
Phillies flop minus Ruiz as Morgan loses again, 9-4 to Mets
NEW YORK (AP) — In their first game since trading longtime catcher Carlos Ruiz, the Philadelphia Phillies looked like a team without its "quarterback."
Wilmer Flores launched a grand slam, Asdrubal Cabrera homered from both sides of the plate and even Bartolo Colon had two helpful hits while pitching the New York Mets to a 9-4 victory over the Phillies on Friday night.
LEADING OFF: Ruiz joins Dodgers, Wright returns to Red Sox
A look at what's happening all around the majors today:
CHOOCH'S NEW CHALLENGE
Carlos Ruiz is set to make his debut for the Dodgers, a day after them got him in a trade of popular backup catchers that sent A.J. Ellis to Philadelphia. Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts said Ruiz would start the series opener against the Cubs in a matchup of division leaders.
Catcher swap: Phillies send Carlos Ruiz to Dodgers for Ellis
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers acquired Carlos Ruiz from Philadelphia in a trade of popular backup catchers Thursday, getting a player with a world of postseason experience.
The Phillies also sent $1 million to the Dodgers for A.J. Ellis, minor league pitcher Tommy Bergjans and a player to be named or cash.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A hot streak and a home run earlier in the afternoon earned Justin Turner the green light on Stephen Strasburg. He made the most of it.
Turner homered twice and drove in five runs to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 6-3 victory over Strasburg and the Washington Nationals on Thursday. The two- and three-run home runs got Turner to a career-high 17 on the season and helped Los Angeles beat Washington for the fifth time in six games.
Whicker: Dodgers were happy to see Hyun-Jin Ryu return, but the look was brighter than the result
LOS ANGELES - A.J. Ellis said the mere sight of Hyun-jin Ryu was a pick-me-up bouquet for all the Dodgers on Thursday night.
Sullen fans at Dodger Stadium were more concerned with the sound.
Ryu's first game since the 2014 NL Division Series might have been an inspiration, but it was also a 6-0 loss to San Diego.
It was diffcult to anticipate that the left-hander would be wild-card ready. He was coming off labrum surgery ... but Dodgers fans had swallowed a...