Ker­shaw ex­tends score­less run to 37 in­nings

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Clay­ton Ker­shaw ex­tended his score­less streak to 37 in­nings with eight in­nings of two-hit ball and fel­low-pitcher Yas­mani Gran­dal hit a two-run homer, lead­ing the Los An­ge­les Dodgers to a 3-1 vic­tory over the An­gels on Satur­day.

Ker­shaw (9-6) struck out seven, walked one and re­tired his last 15 bat­ters while work­ing on eight days’ rest. His pre­vi­ous start was a three-hit shutout on July 23 at New York in which he took a per­fect game into the sev­enth in­ning. The three-time Cy Young Award win­ner hasn’t given up a run since Wilmer Flores’ RBI sin­gle for the Mets on July 3 at Dodger Sta­dium.

Ken­ley Jansen, bat­tling a virus for the past four days, pitched a shaky ninth for his 20th save in 21 at­tempts. He ended it by re­tir­ing Erick Ay­bar on a popup with run­ners at the corners af­ter giv­ing up an RBI sin­gle by Al­bert Pu­jols.

San Fran­cisco ace Cole Hamels fol­lowed up his no-hitter by pitch­ing into the eighth in­ning of his Texas de­but with­out a de­ci­sion as the Giants beat the Texas Rangers 9-7 in 11 in­nings.

Hunter Pence led off the 11th with a homer off Sam Dyson (0-1), another pitcher in his first game for Texas.

Bran­don Belt home­red twice for the Giants, who have won 14 of their last 17 games. Belt led off the third with his 11th homer, and added another solo shot in the 11th off Sam Free­man.

In New York, Lu­cas Duda home­red twice and hit a tiebreak­ing dou­ble in the eighth in­ning af­ter new­comer Yoe­nis Ce­s­pedes was walked in­ten­tion­ally, lead­ing the Mets to a come-from-be­hind vic­tory over the Washington Na­tion­als 3-2.

Play­ing in his first game since be­ing ac­quired from Detroit on Fri­day at the trade dead­line, Ce­s­pedes was walked by re­liever Matt Thorn­ton (1-1) even though Duda had con­nected twice on fire­works night off Joe Ross and has been on a re­cent tear.

The Colorado Rock­ies downed the St. Louis Car­di­nals 6-2 af­ter Nolan Arenado and Ben Paulsen home­red, while Ben Zo­brist hit two homers and Eric Hos­mer sin­gled home the go-ahead run in the eighth in­ning of the Kansas City Roy­als’ 7-6 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

Chicago slug­gers Melky Cabr­era and Alexei Ramirez home­red, and John Danks struck out eight bat­ters as the White Sox beat the New York Yan­kees 8-2.

In other games, Hank Con­ger hit two homers, in­clud­ing his first ca­reer grand slam, and rookie Car­los Cor­rea also home­red twice to help the Hous­ton Astros to a 9-2 win over the Ari­zona Car­di­nals, the Cincinnati Reds edged the Pittsburgh Pi­rates 4-3, the Chicago Cubs de­feated the Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers 4-2 and the Oak­land Ath­let­ics downed the Cleve­land In­di­ans 5-1.

Min­nesota’s Kurt Suzuki hit the win­ning RBI sin­gle with two outs in the ninth in­ning as the Twins out­lasted the Seat­tle Mariners 3-2, the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles downed the Detroit Tigers 6-2, the Bos­ton Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 11- 7, the Philadelphia Phillies trounced the At­lanta Braves 12-2 and the San Diego Padres were 5-3 win­ners over the Mi­ami Mar­lins.

AP

(Left) Chicago White Sox cen­ter fielder Adam Ea­ton makes a div­ing catch of a ball off the bat of New York Yan­kees’ Chris Young dur­ing the sec­ond in­ning of a base­ball game in Chicago, on Satur­day, Aug. 1. (Right) Chicago White Sox right fielder Avi­sail Gar­cia #26 makes a catch above the wall of a ball hit by New York Yan­kees short­stop Didi Gre­go­rius dur­ing the third in­ning of a base­ball game in Chicago, on Satur­day.

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