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Kershaw gets 12th win...Bosox pass Yanks...Indians pad lead...Brewers, Cubs win

June 30, 2017

UNDATED (AP) — Clayton Kershaw became the majors’ first 12-game winner of the year and helped the Los Angeles Dodgers move 2 ½ games ahead of second-place Arizona in the NL West. Kershaw struck out 12 and held the Los Angeles Angels to an unearned run and three hits over seven innings of a 6-2 victory. Yasiel Puig (YAH’-see-ul pweeg), Chase Utley and Joc Pederson homered for the Dodgers, who were able to pad their lead when the Diamondbacks absorbed a 10-4 beating by St. Louis.

UNDATED (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have taken over first place in the AL East, moving one game ahead of the New York Yankees. Mookie Betts hit a solo homer and supplied the tiebreaking RBI single as the Red Sox rallied from a 3-0 deficit to beat Minnesota, 6-3. Willy Garcia hit a tiebreaking, two-run double and James Shields pitched into the seventh as the Chicago White Sox downed the Yanks, 4-3.

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians beat Texas 5-1 to take a 1 ½-game lead over Minnesota in the AL Central. Coray Kluber limited the Rangers to a run and three hits while fanning 12 over eight innings. Kluber improved to 7-2 and tied Bob Feller’s team record of four straight games with at least 10 strikeouts.

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers still top the NL Central by one game over the Chicago Cubs. Jesus Aguilar (AG’-ih-lahr) went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer and four RBIs to back Jimmy Nelson, who allowed just two runs and three this while striking out 11 over seven innings. Ryan Braun, Jonathan Villar (vee-AHR’), Manny Pina and Domingo Santana also went deep in the Brewers’ first win in three games.

UNDATED (AP) — The Cubs put together a three-run ninth to beat Washington, 5-4, keeping the Nationals 9 ½ games ahead of second-place Atlanta in the NL East. The Nats were one out from a 4-2 victory until Tommy La Stella hit an RBI single and scored on Jon Jay’s two-run double off loser Blake Treinen. The Houston Astros improved to a major league-best 54-26 as Carlos Correa belted a pair of two-run homers to lead a 6-1 win against Oakland.

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