Dodgers blank Phils


PHILADELPHIA — Clayton Kershaw allowed two hits over six innings, Carl Crawford hit a solo homer and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-0 Friday night.

Kershaw (3-1) bounced back from his roughest outing in two years with an excellent performance, striking out nine. The two-time Cy Young Award winner allowed seven runs in 1 2-3 innings — the second-shortest outing of his career — in an 18-7 loss to Arizona last Saturday.

Roberto Hernandez (2-2) allowed two runs and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings in his first start since May 9. Hernandez pitched out of the bullpen the past two weeks because the Phillies didn’t need a fifth starter.

The Dodgers have won three of four. The Phillies have lost three in a row, tying their season-low of five games under .500.

Four relievers combined to finish off the three-hitter. Brian Wilson had a perfect eighth and Kenley Jansen closed it out for his 14th save in 15 tries.

Dee Gordon led off the game with a single, stole two bases and scored on Yasiel Puig’s single. Crawford led off the second with a drive out to right-center for his fourth homer of the year.

After a 43-minute rain delay in the top of the fourth, the Phillies wasted several opportunities with runners in scoring position the rest of the game. They had runners on second and third with no outs in the fourth after Carlos Ruiz walked and Chase Utley hit a double, the first hit off Kershaw.

But the hard-throwing lefty escaped the jam by striking out Marlon Byrd, Ryan Howard and Darin Ruf. Each went down swinging at pitches in the dirt that required catcher A.J. Ellis to throw to first.

They had runners on first and second with no outs in the sixth, but Utley flied out, Byrd fouled out and Howard struck out looking.

Reliever Brandon League replaced Kershaw to start the seventh and left after loading the bases. J.P. Howell entered and retired pinch-hitter Domonic Brown on a sinking liner that Crawford caught sliding. Ben Revere inexplicably didn’t tag up and stayed at third. Jimmy Rollins then grounded into a third-to-home fielder’s choice. Ruiz flied out to right to end the threat.

The Phillies were shut out for the sixth time, including fifth at home. They 8-13 at Citizens Bank Park.

BREWERS 9, MARLINS 5

MIAMI — Mark Reynolds hit a pair of two-run homers and Milwaukee won a record-setting slugfest at Marlins Park.

Giancarlo Stanton and Garrett Jones hit two solo homers apiece for Miami, and Khris Davis homered for Milwaukee. The teams combined for seven homers, the most since the pitcher-friendly ballpark opened in 2012.

Reynolds homered in the fourth and again in the fifth, increasing his season total to 11. It was his 20th career multihomer game.

Milwaukee didn’t need slugger Ryan Braun, who sat out after a flare-up of the oblique strain that sent him to the disabled list earlier this season.

Miami lost despite hitting a season-high four home runs. Stanton’s two tape-measure homers increased his season total to 14, most in the NL, and his 47 RBIs lead the majors. It was his 12th career multihomer game, tying Hanley Ramirez’s franchise record.

Marco Estrada (4-2) didn’t pitch from the stretch until there were two out in the seventh, because all four of Miami’s baserunners to that point hit home runs. He gave up five runs and departed after 6 2-3 innings.

Tom Koehler (4-4) went five innings and gave up seven innings, including both homers by Reynolds.

REDS 5, CARDINALS 3

CINCINNATI — Todd Frazier hit a three-run homer off Shelby Miller, Devin Mesoraco added a solo shot and Cincinnati beat St. Louis to tighten the top of the NL Central.

The Reds moved within three games of the second-place Cardinals, who have won seven of their last nine games while staying right behind division-leading Milwaukee.

Miller (6-3) had won six straight decisions, the best such streak of his career. He allowed five runs in five innings, including Frazier’s ninth homer in the third inning.

Homer Bailey (4-3) escaped numerous threats during his six innings. Aroldis Chapman gave up a hit in the ninth while getting his fourth save in five chances, with his fastball topping out at 102 mph.

PIRATES 4, NATIONALS 3

PITTSBURGH — Charlie Morton worked into the sixth inning to snap a lengthy losing streak and Pittsburgh beat Washington.

Morton (1-6) allowed one run on five hits in 5 2-3 workmanlike innings for his first victory since September. Pedro Alvarez hit his ninth home run of the season after being dropped from fourth to sixth in the lineup. Ike Davis, who replaced Alvarez as the cleanup hitter, went 2 for 4 with two runs scored.

Jason Grilli picked up his first save since April 14 in his return from the disabled list.

The Pirates have won three straight and four of five.

Jordan Zimmerman (3-2) labored through six innings to lose for the first time in over a month.

BRAVES 3, ROCKIES 2

ATLANTA — Gerald Laird drove in two runs with two hits, including a tiebreaking single in the eighth, and Atlanta beat Colorado after the Rockies lost third baseman Nolan Arenado to a broken finger.

Arenado left the game in the second inning after fracturing his left middle finger on a head-first slide into second base.

David Carpenter (4-0) pitched a scoreless eighth, and Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth for his 13th save.

Michael Cuddyer hit a home run for Colorado.

BLUE JAYS 3, A’s 2

TORONTO — Liam Hendriks won his season debut, Steve Tolleson hit a two-run home run and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Oakland Athletics 3-2 on Friday night for their ninth victory in 11 games.

Brandon Moss homered for the seventh time in 18 games for the Athletics, who lost their second straight following a five-game winning streak. Oakland’s loss was just its third in the past 14 games overall.

Promoted from Triple-A to face the Athletics, who came in with the best record in the majors, Hendriks (1-0) allowed one run and three hits in 5 2-3 innings. The right-hander walked three and struck out three.

Tolleson hit Toronto’s ML-leading 68th home run when he connected off Scott Kazmir (5-2) in the second, his first of the year. The drive also scored Brett Lawrie, who reached on a fielder’s choice.

TIGERS 7, RANGERS 2

DETROIT — Anibal Sanchez gave Detroit a much-needed quality start, and the Tigers snapped their four-game losing streak with victory over Texas.

Austin Jackson and Andrew Romine homered for Detroit, and Ian Kinsler doubled three times against his former team. Sanchez (2-2) allowed two runs and five hits over seven innings.

RAYS 1, RED SOX 0

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Pinch-hitter Cole Figueroa had an RBI double in the bottom of the ninth inning to lead Tampa Bay past Boston.

Desmond Jennings drew a one-out walk in the ninth off Andrew Miller (1-3). Burke Badenhop entered and, after Jennings stole second, Figueroa drove in the winning run on a drive to right-center.

ORIOLES 8, INDIANS 4

BALTIMORE — Chris Davis homered and had four RBIs, Adam Jones had three hits and scored three runs and Baltimore beat Cleveland to snap the Indians’ four-game winning streak.

Nelson Cruz hit his 15th homer and Nick Markakis had four hits for the Orioles, who have 38 runs and 62 hits in their last five games.

 

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