Best of MLB: Kelly Johnson homers in 11th to lift Mets over Braves

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ATLANTA -- Kelly Johnson said he had extra "pep" in his step when he got the chance to play against his former team.

Johnson also had extra pep in his swing.

Johnson led off the 11th inning with a pinch-hit homer, sending the New York Mets to a 1-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night.

Johnson pulled a pitch from Dario Alvarez (1-1) into the first row of the right-field seats for his third homer.

Johnson began the year with the Braves before he was traded to the Mets on June 8. Alvarez was claimed off waivers from the Mets in late May (see full recap).

Bour and Stanton each drive in 3, Marlins top Cubs
MIAMI -- Ichiro Suzuki slapped a ground ball toward the left side of the infield, then hustled down the line to first just in case the throw didn't get there in time.

It didn't, and the Miami Marlins were in business.

That play by Suzuki kick-started what became a four-run fifth as the Marlins took the lead for good, and they went on to beat the Chicago Cubs 9-6 on Saturday.

"Just a good team," said Justin Bour, who hit his 14th home run and finished with three RBIs. "Good vibe right now, and just got to keep it rolling."

Giancarlo Stanton had his first three-RBI game since April 26 for Miami, which got to 40 wins in 75 games - or 20 games faster than they did a year ago. Paul Clemens (1-0) allowed four runs in five innings for his first big league win since June 12, 2013, and A.J. Ramos got the last two outs for his 24th save in as many chances this season.

Going back to 2015, Ramos has saved 33 straight, tying a Marlins franchise record (see full recap).

Altuve gets 4 hits; Astros top Royals, win 7th straight
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jose Altuve went 4 for 5, including a home run and two doubles, and the Houston Astros extended their winning streak to seven with a 13-5 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday night.

Altuve drove in three runs and scored three runs. He is hitting .417 with a .484 on-base percentage while reaching base in 27 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the major leagues.

Marwin Gonzalez, Altuve and Carlos Correa, the Astros' two-three-four hitters, combined to go 8 for 15 with seven RBIs, six runs and two homers. Altuve and Correa hit consecutive homers in a seven-run second.

Houston has won 22 of 30 to move a season-best three games above .500 (39-36). The Astros are on their longest winning streak since taking 10 in a row from June 14-23 last year (see full recap).

McCutchen hits 2 HRs as Pirates beat Dodgers 6-1
PITTSBURGH -- Andrew McCutchen broke out of his slump in a big way and helped the Pittsburgh Pirates get back-to-back wins for the first time in 2 1/2 weeks.

McCutchen homered twice, Jeff Locke took a perfect game into the sixth inning, and the Pirates beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-1 Saturday night.

It was McCutchen's 11th career multi-homer game - second this year. The nine-year veteran's batting average had dropped to .239 - 55 points below his career average - after going 9 for 49 (.184) with 16 strikeouts in his previous 13 games.

"He's going to get to somebody sooner or later," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "It really doesn't matter who. They can be good. They could have been around. They can be young, fresh. He's going to get to somebody."

Pittsburgh has won consecutive games for the first time since sweeping a doubleheader from the New York Mets on June 7.

McCutchen had a solo shot in the fourth inning for the game's first hit and then a three-run shot - his 12th homer of the season - to start a five-run sixth that increased the Pirates' lead to 6-1 (see full recap).

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