DODGERS VIC­TO­RI­OUS BUT LOSE KER­SHAW TO BACK TIGHT­NESS

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - — The As­so­ci­ated Press

The Dodgers are brac­ing for the worst af­ter Clay­ton Ker­shaw’s lat­est back in­jury.

Man­ager Dave Roberts said the team’s all-star ace was headed to the 10-day dis­abled list af­ter Ker­shaw left 21 pitches into his start Sun­day be­cause of right lower-back tight­ness.

“Just felt a lit­tle some­thing in my back that wasn’t nor­mal,” Ker­shaw said.

The NL West lead­ers over­came a blown save by Ken­ley Jansen to beat the Braves 5-4 on Lo­gan Forsythe’s bases­loaded sin­gle in the 10th in­ning.

Roberts said Ker­shaw felt some­thing on his last warm-up pitch go­ing into the sec­ond in­ning. Ker­shaw’s form didn’t look right from the dugout, so the team’s trainer came out to check on him.

“It’s a DL sit­u­a­tion,” Roberts said. “It will take 10 days re­gard­less.”

Ker­shaw declined to com­pare his cur­rent sit­u­a­tion with last year, when he was lim­ited to a 12-4 record in 21 starts and missed 2½ months be­cause of a her­ni­ated disc in his back.

SUN­DAY’S HIGH­LIGHTS

Zach Brit­ton set an Amer­i­can League record by con­vert­ing his 55th con­sec­u­tive save op­por­tu­nity, blank­ing the Astros in the ninth in­ning the seal the Ori­oles’ 9-7 vic­tory. … Rougned Odor home­red twice, in­clud­ing back-to-back drives with Car­los Gomez in the eighth in­ning, and the Rangers ral­lied to beat the Rays 6-5. … Corey Klu­ber struck out a sea­son­high 14 in 7M in­nings as the In­di­ans beat the Blue Jays 8-1. … Rookie Matt Chap­man quickly atoned for a baserun­ning blun­der by hit­ting a tiebreak­ing home run in the sev­enth in­ning that lifted the Ath­let­ics over the Mets 3-2. … Scooter Gen­nett, Eu­ge­nio Suarez and Tucker Barn­hart home­red to power the Reds past the Mar­lins 6-3. … Nick Wil­liams home­red, Jerad Eick­hoff pitched six strong in­nings and Howie Ken­drick con­tin­ued to in­crease his trade value with two hits and two RBIs as the Phillies beat the Brew­ers 6-3. … Jose Iglesias had three hits, in­clud­ing a tiebreak­ing tworun homer in the sev­enth that led the Tigers past the Twins 9-6. … Bran­don Moss hit a game-end­ing dou­ble off Tyler Clip­pard, lift­ing the Roy­als over the White Sox 5-4. … Luis Val­buena hit a tiebreak­ing solo home run in the sev­enth in­ning, Mike Trout and An­drel­ton Sim­mons also home­red and the An­gels beat the Red Sox 3-2. … Wil Myers home­red for the third straight game against San Fran­cisco, Jabari Blash hit a go-ahead two-run dou­ble in the de­ci­sive fourth to back Dinel­son Lamet, and the Padres beat the Gi­ants 5-2. … The Yan­kees won a se­ries for the first time in six weeks when Aroldis Chap­man struck out Ben Gamel with a run­ner on base to pre­serve a 6-4 vic­tory over the Mariners. … Stephen Stras­burg left af­ter strug­gling with his con­trol in the sec­ond in­ning, but the Na­tion­als wrapped up a suc­cess­ful ninegame trip with a 6-2 vic­tory over the Di­a­mond­backs. … Will­son Con­tr­eras hit a tiebreak­ing two-run homer, Jose Quin­tana won again and the Cubs beat the

Car­di­nals 5-3.

FOOT­NOTES

Red Sox reach into farm for so­lu­tion.

The Red Sox are call­ing up third-base prospect Rafael Dev­ers af­ter fail­ing to find a bet­ter so­lu­tion on the trade mar­ket. … Rob Ref­s­ny­der was traded from the Yan­kees to the Blue Jays for first base­man Ryan McB­room.

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