Kershaw, Crawford lead Dodgers over Phillies, 2-0
Clayton Kershaw limited Philadelphia to two hits in six innings, Carl Crawford hit a solo homer and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Phillies, 2-0, last 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 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 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.
BREWERS 9, MARLINS 5
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 RBI lead the majors. It was his 12th career multihomer game, tying Hanley Ramirez’s franchise record.
REDS 5, CARDINALS 3
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.
PIRATES 4, NATIONALS 3
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 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.
BRAVES 3, ROCKIES 2
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.
Ramiro Pena, who replaced third baseman Chris Johnson in the third inning, led off the eighth with a double to the center-field wall off Adam Ottavino (0-1). After Andrelton Simmons and Dan Uggla struck out, Laird lined the single to left and advanced to second when Corey Dickerson’s throw bounced past catcher Jordan Pacheco.
Blue Jays 3, Athletics 2
Liam Hendriks won his season debut, Steve Tolleson hit a two-run home run and Toronto beat Oakland for its 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 innings. The right-hander walked three and struck out three.
TIGERS 7, RANGERS 2
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.
Scott Baker (0-1) allowed six runs and eight hits for the Rangers, who put Prince Fielder on the disabled list before the game with what is likely to be a season-ending neck problem.
ORIOLES 8, INDIANS 4
Chris Davis homered and had four RBI, 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.
Davis hit a two-run double in the third inning and put Baltimore up 5-4 in the fifth with his seventh homer, the fourth in four games. Bud Norris (3-4) gave up four runs, six hits and three walks in six innings to earn his first win since May 1. Cleveland’s T.J. House (0-1) allowed five runs and 11 hits in six innings.