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Overbay lifts Brewers with pinch-hit heroics

AP

Lyle Overbay has found his niche with the Milwaukee Brewers, batting .444 as a pinch hitter.

He drove in three runs with a two-out double in the eighth inning of the Brewers’ 6-3 comeback victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night in a game between division leaders.

Overbay is now 8-for-18 coming off the bench, with two doubles, a home run and seven RBIs.

“It’s just something where I kind of throw out mechanics and throw out everything and just look for a pitch to hit, put a good swing on it and hope for the best,” he said. “I’ve kind of found some holes this year, but I’ve been put in situations that I can succeed in.”

Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke considered putting in Elian Herrera before settling on Overbay.

“Lyle’s been so good off the bench, and with people on base,” Roenicke said. “That hit was huge.”

The NL Central-leading Brewers scored five runs in the eighth off Jamey Wright (4-3), who gave up four hits and walked one.

“I’m the reason why we lost this game,” Wright said.

Milwaukee tied its season high for runs in a single inning.

“If we’re going to be the best, we have to beat the best,” Overbay said. “As a team, we don’t panic. We’ll grind it out and find ways to win. We’re not a patient team, but we’ve made adjustments so we can score runs even if we’re struggling.”

Brandon Kintzler (2-3) got the victory, giving up one hit in one inning of relief.

Milwaukee tied the score 2-2 on Scooter Gennett’s RBI single and Khris Davis’ run-scoring double after Wright allowed four consecutive hits, the Brewers’ first since getting two hits in the first inning.

Brandon League struck out pinch hitter Rickie Weeks before Overbay doubled to left, scoring Gennett, Davis and Mark Reynolds, who was intentionally walked, for a 5-2 lead.

Francisco Rodriguez pitched the ninth for his 37th save.

Ryan Braun went 1-for-3 with a walk and was roundly booed in his return to Milwaukee’s lineup after being held out for a game with a sore right hand. He scored the Brewers’ first run.

Yasiel Puig went 3-for-4 and had a pair of RBI singles that pushed across the NL West leaders’ first two runs. He scored on Matt Kemp’s sacrifice fly to make it 5-3 in the eighth.

Nationals 5, Pirates 4

In Washington, Bryce Harper and Adam LaRoche each drove in two runs, leading the Nationals over Pittsburgh for their fourth straight win.

Denard Span added three hits as the NL East leaders opened a 10-game homestand.

Phillies 5, Giants 3 (10)

In San Francisco, Chase Utley was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the top of the 10th inning to help Philadelphia defeat the Giants.

Ryan Howard followed with a sacrifice fly against Javier Lopez, and the Phillies snapped a three-game losing streak.

Diamondbacks 3, Marlins 2

In Miami, Aaron Hill and Cliff Pennington homered in the first inning and Arizona held on to beat the Marlins.

Mets 3, Cubs 2

In New York, Zack Wheeler struck out 10 in a gritty performance, and Eric Campbell hit a three-run homer.

Cardinals 4, Padres 2

In St. Louis, Lance Lynn pitched six strong innings and the Cardinals earned their third straight win.

Reds 3, Rockies 2

In Denver, Johnny Cueto threw eight stellar innings to become the first 15-game winner in the majors and Kris Negron had a career-high four hits, including a tiebreaking single in the ninth.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Mariners 7, Tigers 2

In Detroit, Robinson Cano homered, James Paxton won his sixth consecutive decision to start his career and surging Seattle beat the Tigers in a matchup of American League playoff contenders.

Paxton (3-0) allowed one run and five hits over six innings to help the Mariners win their fifth straight and ninth in 11 games.

Rays 5, Yankees 0

In St. Petersburg, Florida, Alex Cobb pitched neatly into the eighth inning and Tampa Bay beat New York to become the fourth team in major league history to reach .500 after falling 18 games under in the same season.

The Rays, now 61-61, were 24-42 on June 10.

Indians 2, Orioles 1 (11)

In Cleveland, Mike Aviles homered leading off the 11th to send the Indians past Baltimore.

Astros 5, Red Sox 3 (10)

In Boston, Jake Marisnick hit a two-run double with two outs in the 10th and Houston rallied past the Red Sox for its first win in nine games at Fenway Park.

With their 51st win of the season, the Astros matched last year’s total.

Angels 5, Rangers 4

In Arlington, Texas, Kole Calhoun had a three-run homer among his three hits and Garrett Richards worked into the eighth inning for his 13th victory.

Adrian Beltre went 4-for-4 with two RBIs for the Rangers.

Royals 6, Twins 5

In Minneapolis, Josh Willingham returned to Target Field and hit a bases-clearing double in Kansas City’s five-run fourth inning, and the surging Royals hung on to beat Minnesota.

Kansas City leadoff hitter Norichika Aoki went 0-for-4.

White Sox 11, Blue Jays 5

In Chicago, Jose Abreu had three singles and three RBIs to increase his major league-leading total to 89, and the White Sox had 17 hits in a victory over Toronto.

Munenori Kawasaki was 2-for-4 for Toronto in the loss.

INTERLEAGUE

Braves 7, Athletics 2

In Atlanta, Freddie Freeman hit a three-run homer, one of four long balls by the Braves in the series opener against Oakland.

Justin Upton and Evan Gattis homered off Jason Hammel (1-5) in the second inning. Rookie Phil Gosselin hit a two-run shot, the first homer of his career, off Jesse Chavez in the sixth.

It was a rare power surge for Atlanta, which had not scored more than four runs in any of their past six games.