Kershaw, Dodgers beat Phillies 5-0 for 10th in row


Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — Dodgers manager Don Mattingly summed it up nicely after Clayton Kershaw became the latest Los Angeles starter to shut down the sinking Phillies.

“Kershaw’s pretty good,” Mattingly said.

The young ace pitched eight dominant innings and the seemingly unstoppable Dodgers won their 10th straight Saturday night, beating Philadelphia 5-0 to keep the Phillies scoreless in two games under new manager Ryne Sandberg.

Juan Uribe hit a three-run homer, Kershaw had an RBI double and the NL West leaders improved to 25-3 after the All-Star break. They have won 19 of their last 20 road games and are 42-8 overall since June 22, the best 50-game stretch in the majors since the 1942 St. Louis Cardinals had the same record.

The previous team to win 19 of 20 road games was the 1916 New York Giants, according to STATS.

The 10-game winning streak is the longest for Los Angeles since an 11-game run in 2006.

Meanwhile, the slumping Phillies have yet to cross home plate since manager Charlie Manuel was fired Friday in the middle of a second-half swoon. They were blanked 4-0 by Zack Greinke and the Dodgers in Sandberg’s debut and have now lost 21 of 25.

“Their pitching showed what it can do, and they’re on a hot streak right now,” Sandberg said. “We faced two hot pitchers, and they came as advertised.”

Both teams were .500 at the All-Star break.

Kershaw (12-7) allowed three hits and lowered his NL-best ERA to 1.80. He struck out eight and walked one.

“One thing he does is he attacks the strike zone just pitch after pitch,” Mattingly said. “He’s going to be around it and he’s going to make you hit him, and it’s not like he’s going to waste a lot of pitches. Tonight’s a good example: He’s at 100 pitches through eight. He could’ve went back out there.”

Uribe singled and doubled before hitting a three-run shot to break the game open in the eighth.

“He’s playing unbelievable for us right now,” Kershaw said. “Not just offensively. Defensively he makes every play, and you take it for granted as a pitcher. But Juan’s been huge for me. I get a lot of ground balls over there and he makes every single play.”

The win was Kershaw’s first in nine career games against the Phillies. The left-hander also helped himself at the plate with a run-scoring double. His seven RBIs lead the Dodgers’ pitching staff.

Brandon League worked the ninth to secure Los Angeles’ major league-best 16th shutout. It was the 12th time the Phillies have been blanked this season.

Philadelphia’s lone threat came in the eighth, when Casper Wells doubled and John Mayberry Jr. walked with one out. But Erik Kratz popped out and after a wild pitch, pinch-hitter Carlos Ruiz struck out.

“I had pretty decent fastball command tonight,” Kershaw said. “I was able to throw the ball to both sides of the plate decently, and I felt good. Other than that walk to Mayberry, I felt like I had decent control, took advantage of their aggressiveness for the most part tonight and got some quick outs.”

Kyle Kendrick (10-10) labored through six effective innings for the Phillies, yielding two runs and seven hits. He was aided by four double plays, including ones that ended the third, fourth and fifth innings.

The Dodgers opened the game with two singles and scored their first run when Mayberry let a grounder get by him at first base for an error. Los Angeles could have had more, but Andre Ethier grounded into bases-loaded double play.

“Had a couple of chances just to add on, and until real late we didn’t do it,” Mattingly said. “Those kind of games always make you nervous.”

Uribe and Kershaw hit consecutive doubles in the fifth to make it 2-0.

Domonic Brown got the Phillies’ first hit in the fifth inning. He was later picked off first base.

NATIONALS 8, BRAVES 7, 15 INNINGS

ATLANTA — Adam LaRoche led off the 15th inning with a home run and Washington recovered to beat Atlanta after blowing a two-run lead in the ninth.

Nationals star Stephen Strasburg was ejected in the second inning. He hit Justin Upton with a pitch in the first and was tossed after throwing two straight pitches behind Andrelton Simmons.

LaRoche lifted a high fly into the right-field seats for his 18th homer off Kris Medlen (10-11), a starter who was pressed into service after Atlanta exhausted its bullpen. The game lasted 5 hours, 29 minutes.

Jason Heyward hit two homers, including a two-run shot with two outs in the ninth as Nationals closer Rafael Soriano blew a 7-5 lead. Brian McCann and Freddie Freeman also went deep for the Braves.

Ryan Zimmerman homered for Washington and Craig Stammen (6-5) worked three hitless innings, striking out five. Dan Haren, normally a starter as well, pitched the 15th for his first career save.

Atlanta hit Bryce Harper with two pitches Friday night, leaving the outfielder bruised and unable to start on Saturday.

DIAMONDBACKS 15, PIRATES 5

PITTSBURGH — Martin Prado went 4 for 5 with a three-run homer, Paul Goldschmidt added a three-run shot and Arizona routed Pittsburgh.

Prado’s 11th homer of the season capped a six-run third inning against All-Star lefty Jeff Locke (9-4) and put the Diamondbacks ahead 8-0. Prado has driven in 13 runs in his past 10 games.

Goldschmidt’s 30th homer came in the ninth and tied him with Pittsburgh’s Pedro Alvarez for the National League lead. Alvarez hit his 30th earlier in the game.

Goldschmidt and Didi Gregorius each had three of the Diamondbacks’ 20 hits.

Trevor Cahill (4-10) came off the disabled list and earned his first win since May 17. He went five innings and allowed four runs on seven hits. He had been out since July 1 with a bruised right hip.

CARDINALS 4, CUBS 0

CHICAGO — Yadier Molina hit a two-run homer, Joe Kelly threw six spotless innings and St. Louis beat Chicago.

Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro was pulled shortly after making a mental mistake that let the Cardinals score in the fifth.

Kelly (4-3) hasn’t lost since joining the Cardinals rotation on July 6. He allowed four hits, struck out six and walked three.

The Cubs have lost 14 of 19. They have been shut out in five of their last seven games at Wrigley Field.

Molina homered off Travis Wood (7-10) for a 4-0 lead in the sixth.

BREWERS 2, REDS 0

MILWAUKEE — Yovani Gallardo gave up three hits in 6 1-3 innings and Logan Schafer had a two-run double to snap an 0-for-21 slump and lead Milwaukee over Cincinnati.

Gallardo (9-9), who came off the disabled list Friday, struck out three to help the Brewers to their second straight win over the Reds.

Cincinnati threatened in the seventh, but Brandon Kintzler got pinch-hitter Xavier Paul to ground into an inning-ending double play. Kintzler pitched a scoreless eighth and Jim Henderson struck out the side in the ninth for his 18th save in 21 chances.

Mat Latos (12-4) pitched seven innings for the Reds, giving up six hits. The two runs he gave up in the fourth ended his scoreless streak at 19 innings.

PADRES 8, METS 2

SAN DIEGO — Will Venable had four hits and San Diego got home runs from Nick Hundley and Jedd Gyorko in a victory over New York.

Mets starter Jenrry Mejia left early with discomfort in his surgically repaired elbow and the Padres took advantage when New York’s bullpen was pressed into service. San Diego finished with 15 hits in snapping a three-game losing streak.

Edinson Volquez (9-10) worked five innings for the win and Venable extended his career-high hitting streak to 14 games, the longest active run in the National League.

Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud went 0 for 2 with two walks in his major league debut.

David Aardsma (2-2) took the loss.

GIANTS 6, MARLINS 4

MIAMI — Matt Cain pitched seven innings and Gregor Blanco hit a two-run triple to lift San Francisco over Miami.

Pablo Sandoval also drove in two runs for the Giants, a day after they outslugged the Marlins 14-10.

Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run homer for Miami estimated at 446 feet.

Cain (8-8) allowed two runs and four hits. He struck out five and walked two. Sergio Romo got his 30th save in 34 chances.

Henderson Alvarez (2-2) gave up four runs, four hits and four walks in seven innings.

TIGERS 6, ROYALS 5

DETROIT — A hobbled Miguel Cabrera led off the bottom of the ninth inning with his 39th home run, lifting the Detroit Tigers over the Kansas City Royals 6-5 on Saturday night.

Cabrera has been slowed by a strained lower abdomen, injured hip and banged-up left leg, but he was healthy enough to take a victory lap.

Joaquin Benoit (3-0) pitched a scoreless ninth. Aaron Crow (7-4) threw five pitches, with Cabrera hitting a 3-1 offering for an opposite-field homer to right.

Prince Fielder hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the Detroit seventh and made a good defensive play at first base in the ninth.

Hours earlier, Royals infielder Miguel Tejada was suspended 105 games by Major League Baseball after testing positive for an amphetamine. The 2002 AL MVP was already on the 60-day disabled list.

RED SOX 6, YANKEES 1

BOSTON — Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits, David Ortiz homered and John Lackey held down New York’s resurgent offense as the Boston Red Sox broke a three-game skid by beating the Yankees.

Ortiz, Shane Victorino, Will Middlebrooks, Mike Carp and Daniel Nava each had two hits for the AL East leaders, who won for only the third time in nine games.

Alfonso Soriano singled twice for the Yankees, but was held without an RBI after matching a major league record with 18 over his previous four games. He is 15 for 22 (.682) in his last five games with five homers.

Lackey (8-10) gave up one run and six hits over 6 2-3 innings, ending a career-worst four-game losing streak.

Hiroki Kuroda (11-8) matched a season high by giving up five runs — three earned — and 11 hits in 5 2-3 innings.

INDIANS 7, ATHLETICS 1

OAKLAND, Calif. — Ubaldo Jimenez carried a no-hit bid into the sixth, Nick Swisher and Michael Bourn homered, and Cleveland beat Oakland.

Jimenez (9-7) didn’t allow a hit until Josh Donaldson lined a run-scoring single to shallow center with two out in the sixth, ending the pitcher’s night after 105 pitches. He struck out eight and walked five.

Asdrubal Cabrera drove in two runs and Michael Brantley hit a pair of doubles for Cleveland.

A day after the Indians matched a season high with 13 stranded base runners, they took advantage of timely opportunities.

Swisher drove the first pitch from Dan Straily over the right-field fence for his 13th home run, staking Jimenez to an early lead in the first. Cabrera later added a run-scoring single before hitting an RBI double in the sixth.

Dan Straily (6-7) extended his losing streak to five games.

BLUE JAYS 6, RAYS 2

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — J.A. Happ won in his first game at Tropicana Field since a scary injury three months ago and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays.

Happ (3-2) suffered a skull fracture and sprained right knee when he fell to the ground after getting hit with a liner by Desmond Jennings on May 7.

Happ allowed two runs and five hits over 5 1-3 innings. It was his third start overall since returning from the disabled list.

Adam Lind homered twice for the Blue Jays. Jose Bautista hit his 28th homer of the season.

Roberto Hernandez (6-13) took the loss.

RANGERS 15, MARINERS 3

ARLINGTON, Texas— Jurickson Profar hit an RBI single before scoring on a suicide squeeze in Texas’ five-run inning off Felix Hernandez, and the Rangers went on to a victory over Seattle.

The AL West-leading Rangers, who have won 15 of 18 games, finished with a season high in runs after an eight-run eighth in which Profar had another RBI single.

Profar had a nifty slide to score on the bunt by Leonys Martin that dribbled only a few feet in front of the plate in that second-inning outburst. Seattle catcher Henry Blanco pounced on the ball and reached back trying to tag Profar, who made an elusive move to slide around and slap the back tip of the plate.

Rookie left-hander Martin Perez (6-3) pitched into the eighth to win his third consecutive start in August, even after giving up single runs in each of the first three innings.

Hernandez (12-6) had a season-high five walks and allowed five runs and five hits in five innings.

WHITE SOX 8, TWINS 5

MINNEAPOLIS — Dayan Viciedo hit a three-run homer and Alejandro De Aza added a two-run shot as the Chicago White Sox topped the Minnesota Twins.

Chris Sale (9-11) gave up four consecutive two-out hits in the third inning as the Twins scored three times.

The left-hander won three straight starts for the first time this season, giving up three runs and nine hits in seven innings.

Addison Reed worked a scoreless ninth to record his career-high 30th save in 35 chances.

Andrew Albers (2-1) took the loss after beginning his career with 17 1-3 scoreless innings, a record for a Twins starter. He allowed five runs and eight hits in seven innings.

ANGELS 6, ASTROS 5, 10 INNINGS

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Josh Hamilton homered with one out in the 10th inning to give Los Angeles a victory over Houston.

Mark Trumbo also homered and drove in two more runs with his first triple of the season. Hamilton sent an 0-2 pitch from Josh Fields (1-3) to right-center for his 18th home run.

Ernesto Frieri (1-4) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.

Brett Wallace homered and drove in three runs for the Astros.

ORIOLES 8, ROCKIES 4

BALTIMORE — Brian Roberts and Manny Machado both hit two-run doubles during a seven-run third inning fueled by Colorado miscues, and the Baltimore Orioles ended a four-game losing streak.

Adam Jones had two hits in Baltimore’s highest-scoring inning of the season, which featured an error by shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, two walks, a passed ball and a wild pitch. Six of the seven runs were unearned.

Most of the damage came against rookie Chad Bettis (0-2), who allowed seven hits, four walks and eight runs in 2 2-3 innings.

Bud Norris (9-10) gave up four runs and nine hits over 5 2-3 innings to improve to 3-1 since coming to the Orioles in a trade with Houston on July 31.

 

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