DENVER – Clayton Kershaw nearly had no-hit stuff against Colorado again, giving up only two singles over eight masterful innings as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Rockies 9-0 on Friday night.
Kershaw (10-2) extended his scoreless streak to 36 innings before being replaced by a pinch hitter in the ninth.
The hard-throwing lefty bottled up the top-hitting team in the majors in nearly matching the no-hitter he threw against the Rockies on June 18 at Dodger Stadium. Kershaw struck out eight and walked one.
Yasiel Puig hit a two-run homer and Scott Van Slyke added a three-run homer as the Dodgers had a season-high 19 hits.
Jair Jurrjens (0-1) struggled in his first big-league start in a year, lasting 4 2/3 innings and giving up eight runs.
PADRES 2, GIANTS 0: In San Diego, Eric Stults pitched seven strong innings to win for the first time in nearly two months, and Alexi Amarista homered to lead San Diego.
PIRATES 8, PHILLIES 2: In Pittsburgh, Andrew McCutchen went 4 for 5 and finished a home run short of a cycle, and Jordy Mercer drove in a career-high four runs to lead Pittsburgh.
CARDINALS 3, MARLINS 2: In St. Louis, Lance Lynn pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings, and St. Louis hit consecutive two-out RBI doubles in a three-run sixth to win.
BRAVES 5, DIAMONDBACKS 2: In Atlanta, Freddie Freeman drove in two runs, and Ervin Santana won his second straight start as Atlanta stretched its winning streak to eight games.
WHITE SOX 7, MARINERS 1: In Chicago, Jose Abreu hit his 27th home run, and Chris Sale struck out a season-high 12 in a complete game to lead Chicago.
Sale (8-1) gave up six hits and walked none in his fourth double-digit strikeout game of the season, and Dayan Viciedo and Paul Konerko also homered for the White Sox.
ROYALS 7 INDIANS 1: In Cleveland, Yordano Ventura pitched 8 1/3 stellar innings, and Mike Moustakas hit a three-run homer to lead Kansas City.
ATHLETICS 1, BLUE JAYS 0, 12 inn.: In Oakland, California, Melky Cabrera couldn’t corral Nick Punto’s double with one out in the 12th inning, sending Oakland to victory.
YANKEES 6, TWINS 5: In Minneapolis, Brian Roberts hit three doubles and a triple as New York hung on.
ORIOLES-RED SOX, ppd.: In Boston, the Fourth of July game was postponed because Hurricane Arthur was expected to hit the area. The game will be made up today as part of a day-night doubleheader.
METS 6, RANGERS 5: In New York, Travis d’Arnaud snapped an eighth-inning tie with a two-run double, and New York overcame an early injury to starter Jonathon Niese to end a four-game slide.