Ker­shaw throws six-hit­ter as Dodgers top Roy­als

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL -

LOS AN­GE­LES — Clay­ton Ker­shaw tossed a six-hit­ter to be­come the ma­jors’ first 14-game win­ner, Justin Turner home­red twice, and the NL West-lead­ing Los An­ge­les Dodgers de­feated the Kansas City Roy­als 5-2 on Sun­day to com­plete their ma­jor league-best 10th sweep and sixth straight vic­tory.

The streak­ing Dodgers head into the All-Star break own­ing baseball’s best record of 61-29. They’ve won 18 of their last 19 at home, where they lead the ma­jors with a 39-11 mark.

Ker­shaw (14-2) al­lowed two runs and six hits on 99 pitches, struck out 13 and walked none to set the Dodgers’ record for most wins at the break. The old mark of 13 was held by Orel Her­shiser, who had 13 in 1988, the last time the fran­chise won the World Se­ries.

The All-Star left-han­der, who won’t pitch in Tuesday’s show­case in Miami, had his stretch of not al­low­ing an earned run end at 23.0 in­nings, which was the long­est cur­rent ac­tive streak among starters.

Ker­shaw has made 13 straight starts with­out a loss and is 10-0 in his last 13 starts over­all, all Los An­ge­les vic­to­ries. He al­lowed a run for the first time in four starts.

Danny Duffy (5-5) gave up five runs and six hits in seven in­nings of his first ca­reer start at Dodger Sta­dium, lo­cated 150 miles from his home­town of Lom­poc. He struck out nine and didn’t walk any­one.

Kansas City’s Eric Hos­mer went 3 for 4, drove in two runs and scored a run while ex­tend­ing his hit­ting streak to 15 games, but the Roy­als

lost their third in a row.

Turner tuned up for his first Al­lS­tar ap­pear­ance by go­ing 2 for 4 and driv­ing in three runs. His two-run homer made it 4-0 in the third af­ter Lo­gan Forsythe’s RBI sin­gle scored Trayce Thomp­son, who tripled lead­ing off.

BREW­ERS 5, YAN­KEES 3 Travis Shaw and Stephen Vogt both home­red and the Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers length­ened their sur­pris­ing lead in the NL Cen­tral, top­ping the New York Yan­kees 5-3. The Brew­ers have won nine of 11. At 50-41, they go into the All-Star break in first place for the fifth time in fran­chise his­tory.

ROCK­IES 10, WHITE SOX 0 Rookie righthander Kyle Freeland came within two outs of the first no-hit­ter by a Rock­ies pitcher at the hit­ter-friendly park be­fore sur­ren­der­ing a crisp sin­gle to Melky Cabr­era as Colorado beat the Chicago White Sox 10-0. Freeland, who was born and raised in Den­ver, struck out the first bat­ter of the ninth in­ning and then al­lowed Cabr­era’s hit to left field on a 2-2 count. The 24-year-old Freeland (9-7) threw 126 pitches. Re­liever Jor­dan Lyles got the last two outs to com­plete the one-hit­ter. Freeland was try­ing to throw the sec­ond no-hit­ter in Coors Field his­tory. Hideo Nomo ac­com­plished the feat in 1996 when he was with the Los An­ge­les Dodgers.


CAR­DI­NALS 6, METS 0 Lance Lynn pitched seven in­nings of three-hit ball, and Tommy Pham, Paul DeJong and Luke Voit home­red as the St. Louis Car­di­nals beat the Mets 6-0. It was Lynn’s long­est out­ing since May 23, when he threw 123 pitches in eight score­less in­nings in a 2-1 loss to Clay­ton Ker­shaw and the Dodgers. Lynn (7-6) had a sea­son-low two strike­outs, but he needed just 93 pitches while fac­ing two bat­ters over the min­i­mum. DeJong fin­ished 2 for 4 and is 10 for his last 13 and is the first rookie and first Car­di­nals player in the modern era to have seven ex­tra base hits in a three-game se­ries. PI­RATES 14, CUBS 3 Jon Lester sur­ren­dered 10 runs in the first in­ning of the short­est start of his 12-year ca­reer, and the Cubs stum­bled to a 14-3 loss to the Pitts­burgh Pi­rates. Chicago (43-45) heads into the break with a los­ing record for the first time since it was 40-54 in 2014. The reign­ing World Se­ries cham­pi­ons were 53-35 at the break a year ago. Pitts­burgh sent 15 bat­ters to the plate in its high­est-scor­ing in­ning since 2009.

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