Dodgers lose in­jured Ker­shaw, beat Braves

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Clay­ton Ker­shaw left af­ter two in­nings with lower back tight­ness that is send­ing him to the dis­abled list, and the Los An­ge­les Dodgers over­came a blown save by Ken­ley Jansen to beat the At­lanta Braves 5-4 on Sun­day on Lo­gan Forsythe’s bases-loaded sin­gle in the 10th. Ker­shaw, un­beaten in 15 con­sec­u­tive starts, came out af­ter 21 pitches. He was headed for scans and de­clined to com­pare his cur­rent sit­u­a­tion with last year, when he was out 2 1/2 months with a her­ni­ated disk in his back. Jansen en­tered with a 3-1 lead and got the fi­nal out of the eighth, then gave up a ty­ing three-run homer to Matt Adams in the ninth. Forsythe sin­gled af­ter Cody Bellinger was in­ten­tion­ally walked by Jim John­son (6-2) to load the bases. Bran­don Mor­row (3-0) re­tired the side in the 10th. Austin Barnes hit a three-run homer in the fourth for the Dodgers and Cody Bellinger hit his 27th of the sea­son in the eighth.

NA­TION­ALS 6, DI­A­MOND­BACKS 3

Stephen Stras­burg left with a 5-0 lead af­ter the sec­ond in­ning, when he walked the No. 8 and No. 9 bat­ters. He is 10-3 with a 3.25 ERA. Stras­burg said his early de­par­ture was a pre­cau­tion. He de­scribed the prob­lem as slight “ach­i­ness” in his fore­arm. Stras­burg said he wants to “nip it in the bud” so he’s avail­able to the team in the cru­cial stages of the late sea­son. Brian Good­win’s lead­off homer ig­nited a four-run first in­ning off Rob­bie Ray (9-5), who lasted five in­nings, al­low­ing five runs. Bryce Harper sin­gled in the first to ex­tend his hit­ting streak to 16 games. Joe Blan­ton (1-2) got two outs and earned the win.

CUBS 5, CAR­DI­NALS 3

Will­son Con­tr­eras hit a tiebreak­ing two-run homer and Jose Quin­tana won again as Chicago beat St. Louis to move into a vir­tual tie for first in the NL Cen­tral. Kyle Sch­war­ber also con­nected as the Cubs won for the eighth time in nine games since the All-Star break. The World Se­ries cham­pi­ons im­proved to 51-46, just a few per­cent­age points ahead of Mil­wau­kee af­ter the Brew­ers (5348) lost 6-3 at Philadel­phia. Quin­tana (6-8) struck out seven in six in­nings in his first home start since he was ac­quired in a block­buster trade with the White Sox on July 13. He pitched seven sparkling in­nings in an 8-0 vic­tory at Bal­ti­more in his Cubs de­but last Sun­day. Com­ing off his first ca­reer shutout, Michael Wacha (7-4) was charged with five runs and six hits in six in­nings in his first loss since May 30. Wade Davis fin­ished for his 20th save in 20 chances.

YAN­KEES 6, MARINERS 4

New York won a se­ries for the first time in six weeks when Aroldis Chap­man struck out Ben Gamel with a run­ner on to pre­serve the Yan­kees’ third win in four games against Seat­tle this week­end. The Yan­kees had been 0-8-2 in se­ries since sweep­ing Bal­ti­more on June 9-11. Af­ter Seat­tle over­came a 3-0 deficit with a four-run fourth in­ning against Caleb Smith, Brett Gard­ner hit a ty­ing, bases-loaded sin­gle in the sixth and Clint Fra­zier fol­lowed with a two-run dou­ble off for­mer Yan­kee James Pa­zos (2-3). Didi Gre­go­rius had his first ca­reer mul­ti­homer game with solo shots, and Gard­ner opened the game with his 17th home run. A con­verted starter pitch­ing on con­sec­u­tive days for the first time in big league ca­reer, Chad Green (1-0) struck out three in 2 1/3 per­fect in­nings. Chap­man had another shaky fin­ish for his 11th save.

RANGERS 6, RAYS 5

Rougned Odor home­red twice, in­clud­ing back-to-back drives with Car­los Gomez in the eighth in­ning, and Texas com­pleted a three­game sweep. Odor’s two-run drive off Brad Boxberger (2-2) tied the score, and Gomez put the Rangers ahead 6-5 two pitches later. Joey Gallo also home­red for the Rangers, who had not swept a se­ries of three or more games at Tampa Bay since July 1999. Adrian Bel­tre tripled and sin­gled, mov­ing within 11 of 3,000 hits. Matt Bush (3-4) pitched a score­less sev­enth, and Jose Le­clerc got his sec­ond save de­spite two walks in the ninth.

IN­DI­ANS 8, BLUE JAYS 1

Corey Klu­ber (8-3) struck out a sea­son-high 14 in 7 2/3 in­nings, and Cleve­land fin­ished a three­game sweep. Klu­ber al­lowed five hits, in­clud­ing Kevin Pil­lar’s home run, and reached dou­ble fig­ures in strike­outs for the ninth time in 16 starts. Michael Brant­ley hit a two-run homer in the sixth and had three RBIs. Bran­don Guyer’s three-run dou­ble was the key hit in the first, when Cleve­land took a 4-0 lead against J.A. Happ (3-7).

ATH­LET­ICS 3, METS 2

Rookie Matt Chap­man quickly atoned got get­ting picked off at third base by hit­ting a tiebreak­ing home run in the sev­enth Rafael Mon­tero (1-7). Rookie Daniel Gos­sett (2-5) gave up two runs and five hits in six in­nings, and San­ti­ago Casilla worked the ninth for his 16th save, end­ing New York’s four-game win­ning streak.

REDS 6, MAR­LINS 3

Scooter Gen­nett, Eu­ge­nio Suarez and Tucker Barn­hart home­red, and Billy Hamil­ton had three hits and stole a pair of bases to in­crease his ma­jor league-lead­ing to­tal to 43. Cincin­nati fin­ished a 2-8 home­s­tand in which they al­lowed 23 homers and 72 runs. Rookie right-han­der Sal Ro­mano (2-2) made his fourth and long­est big league start, al­low­ing one run and three hits over six in­nings. Raisel Igle­sias gave up one hits over two in­nings for his first save since July 9, his 17th this year. Tom Koehler (1-5) gave up six runs - five earned - and nine hits in 5 2/3 in­nings.

ORI­OLES 9, ASTROS 7

Zach Brit­ton pitched a hit­less ninth tp set an Amer­i­can League record by con­vert­ing his 55th con­sec­u­tive save op­por­tu­nity. Brit­ton broke the AL mark held by Tom Gor­don, who notched 54 straight saves with Bos­ton from 1998-99. Brit­ton started his run on Oct. 1, 2015, added 47 in a row last sea­son and is 6 for 6 this year. The ma­jor league record of 84 is held by Eric Gagne of the Dodgers from 2002-04. Bal­ti­more broke a tie with two runs in the eighth against Luke Gregerson (2-3), us­ing a sac­ri­fice fly by Manny Machado and an RBI sin­gle by Jonathan Schoop. Brit­ton made the lead stand up, us­ing 16 pitches to re­tire the AL West lead­ers. My­chal Givens (7-0) worked the eighth for the Ori­oles.

PHILLIES 6, BREW­ERS 3

Nick Wil­liams hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the fourth off Ju­nior Guerra (1-4). Jerad Eick­hoff (2-7) al­lowed three hits in six in­nings and Howie Ken­drick had two hits and two RBIs. Luis Gar­cia pitched a per­fect ninth for his first save this seaso. The Phillies have won con­sec­u­tive se­ries for the first time since late April.

TIGERS 9, TWINS 6

Jose Igle­sias had three hits, in­clud­ing a tiebreak­ing, two-run homer in the sev­enth off Trevor Hilden­berger (1-1) in a 4-hour, 19-minute game - the long­est nine-in­ning game in Twins his­tory. Ian Kinsler, James McCann and Alex Pres­ley also had three hits apiece for the Tigers, who took two of three from the Twins. Matthew Boyd (4-5) won his sec­ond straight start since he was re­called from the mi­nors, strik­ing out a ca­reer-high eight in six-plus in­nings.

ROY­ALS 5, WHITE SOX 4

Bran­don Moss hit a game-end­ing dou­ble off Tyler Clip­pard, ex­tend­ing Chicago’s long­est los­ing streak since 2013 to nine games. Whit Mer­ri­field, Jorge Boni­fa­cio and Eric Hos­mer hit con­sec­u­tive home runs off Derek Hol­land in the fourth in­ning for a 3-0 lead, and Mer­ri­field hit another solo shot in the eighth off Dan Jen­nings to tie the score at 4. Mike Mous­takas sin­gled off Gre­gory In­fante (0-1) lead­ing off the ninth and pinch-run­ner Lorenzo Cain ad­vanced on a wild pitch and scored Kelvin Her­rera (3-2) struck out two in a per­fect ninth, ex­tend­ing the score­less streak by the Roy­als bullpen to 18 in­nings over five games.

ROCK­IES 13, PI­RATES 3

Kyle Free­land (10-7) al­lowed two runs over six in­ning in his first start since his no-hit bid against the Chicago White Sox on July 9 was bro­ken up by Melky Cabr­era’s one-out sin­gle in the ninth. be­tween the starts, Free­land threw three hit­less in­nings against the Mets on July 15 in his first ca­reer re­lief ap­pear­ance. Trevor Story, pinch-hit­ter Pat Valaika and Mark Reynolds hit two-run homers dur­ing a seven-run sixth. Ivan Nova (10-7) al­lowed a sea­son-high seven runs and nine hits in five-plus in­nings.

AN­GELS 3, RED SOX 2

Luis Val­buena hit a tiebreak­ing solo home run in the sev­enth off Rick Por­cello (4-13), and Mike Trout and An­drel­ton Sim­mons also home­red. Parker Brid­well (4-1) gave up two runs on five hits in seven in­nings. Bud Nor­ris earned his 15th save when Xan­der Bo­gaerts hit into a game-end­ing dou­ble play.

PADRES 5, GIANTS 2

Wil My­ers home­red for the third straight game against San Fran­cisco, and Jabari Blash hit a goa­head two-run dou­ble in the de­ci­sive fourth to back Dinel­son Lamet (4-4). San Diego hit three straight dou­bles in the fourth and four con­sec­u­tive hits in all against lefty Ty Blach (6-6). Brad Hand, the Padres’ third re­liever, pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his third save.

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