Kershaw strikes out 13 as Dodgers blast Cards 6-0
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw completed a spectacular June by striking out 13 batters and allowing just five hits over seven innings as the Los Angeles Dodgers downed the St. Louis Cardinals 6-0 on Sunday.
Andre Ethier hit a three-run homer, and Matt Kemp and Adrian Gonzalez had run-scoring hits for the Dodgers, who took three of four from St. Louis in a rematch of last season’s National League championship series.
Kershaw (9-2) extended his career-best scoreless streak to 28 innings in his first home start since throwing his first career no-hitter June 18 against Colorado. The left-hander went 6-0 with an 0.82 ERA in June, yielding four runs in 44 innings and striking out 61.
With 12 wins in 16 games, Los Angeles (47-37) has pulled virtually even with the slumping Giants (46-36) atop the NL West.
Cincinnati pitcher Homer Bailey made a strong bid for another no-hitter, shutting down San Francisco until Buster Posey’s two-out single in the seventh inning in the Reds’ 4-0 win over the Giants.
Bailey has thrown no-hitters in each of the last two seasons, and did it against the Giants at home last July 2. He came close to pitching the latest gem at AT&T Park — the ballpark was the scene of Tim Lincecum’s no-hitter Wednesday against San Diego.
Bailey (8-4) finished with a three-hitter as the Reds completed their first four-game sweep in San Francisco since doing it at Candlestick Park in 1972.
Billy Hamilton, Brandon Phillips, Brayan Pena and Skip Schumaker drove in runs as the Reds won their season-best fifth straight and eighth in nine overall.
At New York, David Ortiz hit his 450th homer, a colossal three-run drive, and Dustin Pedroia had three RBIs during his second consecutive three-hit game to lead the Boston Red Sox past the Yankees 8-5.
Mark Teixeira and Carlos Beltran homered for the Yankees, who have dropped six of eight games.
The Houston Astros beat the Detroit Tigers 6-4 after Scott Feldman threw six strong innings, and Jose Altuve had three hits and two steals.
Atlanta’s B.J. Upton tripled and drove in two runs to lead the Braves past the Phillies 3-2 for their first four-game sweep in Philadelphia in 50 years, while Nate Freiman hit a three-run homer in his 2014 debut as the Oakland Athletics completed a three-game series sweep of the Miami Marlins 4-3.
At Kansas City, Omar Infante delivered another big hit against the Angels, singling home the winning run for the Royals’ 5-4 win over the Los Angeles Angels with one out in the ninth inning. Lorenzo Cain hit three doubles for the Royals, finishing with four hits and two RBIs.
In other games, Felix Hernandez allowed one hit over eight innings as the Seattle Mariners blanked the Cleveland Indians 3-0, the San Diego Padres edged the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-1, the Pittsburg Pirates downed the New York Mets 5-2 and the Chicago White Sox shut out the Toronto Blue Jays 4-0.
The Colorado Rockies scored three runs in a wild fifth-inning to down the Milwaukee Brewers 10-4, the Minnesota Twins edged the Texas Rangers 3-2 and the Tampa Bay Rays were 1q2-7 winners over the Baltimore Orioles.