MLB roundup: Kershaw pitches LA past Strasburg
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw outdueled Stephen Strasburg with seven sharp innings and Yasmani Grandal hit a tiebreaking RBI double, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers edge the Washington Nationals, 2-1, on Wednesday.
Kershaw (8-2) allowed three hits and struck out nine in his first win since May 17. Pedro Baez got two outs before Kenley Jansen finished for his 10th save.
Strasburg (7-2) struck out eight in six innings in his first loss since April 29. The ace right-hander was 5-0 with a 2.75 ERA in his previous six starts.
Braves 14, Phillies 1
ATLANTA (AP) — Mike Foltynewicz allowed only four hits in seven scoreless innings, Nick Markakis drove in five runs and Atlanta crushed Philadelphia to end the Phillies’ four-game winning streak.
Markakis had two-run doubles in the seventh and eighth as the Braves scored a combined 10 runs in the two innings. Dansby Swanson hit a three-run homer.
After the Braves stretched the lead to 12-0 in the eighth, Phillies manager Pete Mackanin brought in utility infielder Andres Blanco for his debut as a pitcher. Blanco gave up a two-run homer to Matt Adams.
Yankees 8, Red Sox 0
NEW YORK (AP) — CC Sabathia won his fifth straight start to beat Rick Porcello in a matchup of Cy Young Award winners, and Chris Carter drove in four runs with a three-run homer and an RBI single that led New York over Boston.
Sabathia (7-2), who had last won five in a row in April 2012, allowed five hits in eight innings, his longest outing since April 2015. He walked none and struck out five — four of them looking.
The left-hander has a 1.11 ERA during his streak, and all five wins followed losses by Masahiro Tanaka, who had supplanted Sabathia as New York’s ace. Sabathia was removed after 95 pitches, denying him a chance for his first shutout since 2011.
Reds 6, Cardinals 4
CINCINNATI (AP) — St. Louis kept Scooter Gennett in check a day after his four-homer game, but Patrick Kivlehan had a pinch three-run shot that sparked Cincinnati to a victory, extending the Cardinals’ longest losing streak in four years.
The Cardinals have dropped six in a row. They let a 4-1 lead slip away when Kivlehan — another utility player like Gennett — and Joey Votto homered during a five-run seventh inning.
Gennett became the first Reds player to homer four times in a game during the 13-1 win a night earlier. He connected in his last four at-bats and had a chance for more history on Wednesday — nobody has homered in five straight plate appearances.
Rockies 8, Indians 1
DENVER (AP) — Kyle Freeland pitched 6 1/3 effective innings, Nolan Arenado drove in three runs and Colorado beat Cleveland on Wednesday for its fourth straight win.
Charlie Blackmon, the reigning National League Player of the Month, added two RBIs for the Rockies, who lead the NL with 38 wins. Ian Desmond had three hits and scored two runs.
Freeland (7-3) allowed one run and six hits, struck out five and walked none while lowering his ERA to 3.34. The Denver native has turned in a quality start in eight of his last nine starts.
Blue Jays 7,
Athletics 5 (10 inn.)
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Josh Donaldson hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the 10th inning against his former club, Justin Smoak also homered in the inning for his second long ball of the day, and Toronto avoided a sweep by beating Oakland.
Frankie Montas (1-1) plunked Kevin Pillar to start the inning and bring up Donaldson, who clobbered a 1-2 fastball and hit a high drive clearing the wall in left-center.
Rays 3, White Sox 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Jacob Faria took a three-hitter into the seventh inning of his major league debut for Tampa Bay, who beat Chicago.
The 23-year-old right-hander walked two and struck out five in 6 1/3 innings, settling down after falling behind three batters into the game to help Tampa Bay end a season-high four-game losing streak before a crowd of just 9,313.
Tigers 4, Angels 0
DETROIT (AP) — Buck Farmer outlasted Alex Meyer in an unexpected pitchersá duel, and Justin Upton hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning to help Detroit beat Los Angeles.
Farmer (2-0) allowed three hits in 6 2/3 innings, and Detroit pushed across an unearned run in the third. Upton gave the Tigers some insurance with a drive to left off reliever Yusmeiro Petit.