DODGERS VICTORIOUS BUT LOSE KERSHAW TO BACK TIGHTNESS
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.
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
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.