CINCINNATI (AP) -- Jay Bruce picked a good night to solve Clayton Kershaw, and Ryan Hanigan's big double in the ninth gave the Cincinnati Reds a sweep over the Dodgers.
Bruce hit two home runs for the Reds, who went into the game in third place in the NL Central, two games behind first-place St. Louis, which beat second-place Pittsburgh earlier Sunday. Bruce had three singles off the Dodgers' ace coming into the game.
Hanigan's RBI double in the ninth drove in Zack Cozart from first base to lift Cincinnati to a 3-2 win over Los Angeles on Sunday night.
"He's a pitcher, if he gives you a pitch to hit, if you don't take advantage of it, you're probably out. He threw me a couple pitches I could handle tonight," Bruce said of Kershaw.
Cozart, who had extended his career-high hitting streak to 13 games earlier, started the rally with a one-out single to left off Ronald Belisario (5-7). Hanigan lined the next pitch past left fielder Carl Crawford to the wall, and Cozart beat shortstop Hanley Ramirez's relay throw with a headfirst slide.
"Belisario is tough," Hanigan said. "He tries to get guys out with that sinker. I was looking for it. It's one of those games. Kind of went the way we expected. A lot of quality pitching, low scoring. But, it was an awesome way to win".
Aroldis Chapman (4-5) pitched a perfect ninth with two strikeouts to get the win, which completed the Reds' first sweep of a three-game series against the Dodgers in Cincinnati since June 12-14, 1992.
The loss was the Dodgers' fourth straight, their longest losing streak since a season-high eight-game skid May 1-10.
"Obviously, every game (here and in L.A) were close," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "I was happier with our game tonight than I was the first two. I wasn't that excited about our focus. Tonight was better for me. Our focus was better."
Bruce gave the Reds a 1-0 lead with one out in the second with his 28th homer of the season and the first by a left-handed batter off Kershaw since June 15, 2012. Bruce's 374-foot fly ball into the netting above the visitors' bullpen down the right field line was the first homer allowed by Kershaw in 58 innings.
Homer Bailey retired the first 11 Los Angeles batters he faced, seven on strikeouts, including six straight before Adrian Gonzalez singled and scored from first on Ramirez's double off the left-center field wall.
"Homer was masterful, especially in the beginning," Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker said. "He got through that tough inning and gave us a chance to win."
Bruce responded by clubbing his second homer in two at bats, a 382-foot blast into the right field seats leading off the fourth. Both shots were on 1-0 pitches. The multi-homer game was his second of the season and 14th of his career.
Ramirez came up with his second game-tying hit of the game, leading off the seventh with his 17th home run of the season and second of the series, a 399-foot drive into the left field seats on a 1-1 pitch.
"For a while it was Jay Bruce against Hanley Ramirez," Baker said. "Man, guys are excited in there and they should be. We've just got to keep going. We're in second place now, hopefully headed toward first."
The Dodgers scored seven runs in the series and Ramirez drove in five of them, while hitting two home runs.
Bailey lasted seven innings, allowing two runs and six hits with nine strikeouts. He also hit a batter.
Bruce's two solo homers were the only runs allowed by Kershaw, who gave up four hits with three walks and seven strikeouts. He hit two batters and was charged with a balk.
"Give Jay Bruce credit," Kershaw said. "I was stubborn on the second one. I thought he ran into one the first time. He proved that he's really locked in."
Bruce has hit more home runs off left-handed pitchers (44) than any other left-handed batter since the 2010 season.
CARDINALS 9, PIRATES 2
ST. LOUIS -- Michael Wacha pitched seven shutout innings and drove in two runs as the St. Louis Cardinals routed the Pittsburgh Pirates 9-2 for a three-game sweep.
The Cardinals outscored Pittsburgh 26-10 overall in taking the NL Central lead.
PHILLIES 3, BRAVES 2
PHILADELPHIA -- Darin Ruf hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the eighth inning to back a strong outing by starting pitcher Cole Hamels and lift the Phillies to a victory and three-game sweep over the Braves.
GIANTS 3, DIAMONDBACKS 2, 11 innings
SAN FRANCISCO -- Angel Pagan singled home the winning run in the 11th inning to lead the Giants past the Diamondbacks.
PADRES 5, ROCKIES 2
SAN DIEGO -- Pinch-hitter Nick Hundley delivered a three-run double in the seventh inning that lifted the Padres to a win over the Rockies.
BREWERS 3, CUBS 1
CHICAGO -- Yovani Gallardo tossed seven strong innings and Jeff Bianchi delivered a key pinch-hit single, leading the Brewers over the Cubs.
NATIONALS 6, MARLINS 4
MIAMI -- Stephen Strasburg got past a shaky start and pitched six innings to earn his first victory in nearly a month as the Nationals beat the Marlins.
METS 2, INDIANS 1
CLEVELAND -- Eric Young's two-out double in the ninth inning gave the New York Mets a victory that ended Cleveland's four-game winning streak.
Juan Lagares started the ninth with a single off Chris Perez (5-3) and moved to second on a sacrifice. Omar Quintanilla struck out, but Young lined a 2-0 pitch down the right field line.
Frank Francisco (1-0), making his first appearance of the season, got Asdrubal Cabrera to ground into a double play with the bases loaded to end the eighth.
LaTroy Hawkins pitched the ninth for his eighth save.
ROYALS 5, TIGERS 2
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Bruce Chen picked up Kansas City's beleaguered starters with seven solid innings and the Royals defeated Detroit.
Chen (7-2), who moved into the rotation on July 12 after 19 relief appearances, limited the AL Central-leading Tigers to five hits and two runs over seven innings, earning the first victory for a starter on the Royals' seven-game homestand.
Eric Hosmer hit a three-run homer off Doug Fister (12-8).
WHITE SOX 4, ORIOLES 2
BALTIMORE -- Pinch-runner Chris Dickerson got lost on the bases and was doubled up for the final out, and the Chicago White Sox ended a nine-game losing streak by holding off the Baltimore Orioles 4-2.
YANKEES 4, RED SOX 3
NEW YORK -- Ichiro Suzuki scored on Brandon Workman's wild pitch with two outs in the ninth inning, and the New York Yankees overcame Mariano Rivera's blown save to avoid a four-game sweep by Boston.
RAYS 4, MARINERS 1
SEATTLE -- Pinch-hitter Sean Rodriguez had a go-ahead single in the eighth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays rallied past Seattle to build their wild-card edge.
ATHLETICS 7, ASTROS 2
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Bartolo Colon won for the first time in more than a month, Seth Smith homered during a seven-run third inning and the Oakland Athletics beat Houston.
Patrick Henry graduate Marc Krauss singled for the Astros.
RANGERS 4, ANGELS 3
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Alex Rios homered in the first inning and drove in the go-ahead run with a bloop double in the seventh, Elvis Andrus also had two RBIs, and the Texas Rangers beat the Los Angeles Angels.
BLUE JAYS 2, TWINS 0
MINNEAPOLIS -- Esmil Rogers pitched well into the eighth inning and Jose Reyes' late double broke a scoreless tie that led the Toronto Blue Jays past Minnesota for a three-game sweep.