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The Los Angeles Dodgers are rolling like they have few other times in their history. And now that they're getting contributions from Clayton Kershaw's bat, well, that's just not fair.
In addition to eight dominant innings on the mound, Kershaw drove in L.A.'s first two runs with a single against the Tampa Bay Rays on Sunday night. He also scored twice in a 10-2 rout, helping the Dodgers complete a three-game sweep and win for the 37th time in 45 games since June 22. It's the third time in franchise history the Dodgers have gone on a run like this, ESPN reports (also in 1953 and 1899). 1899!
The team's best player, Kershaw also struck out eight and lowered his ERA to 1.88.
''When you rattle off a streak like the one we're on right now, it's probably a little more than luck,'' Kershaw said. ''We're a pretty good team right now, and it's a lot of fun coming to the yard every day and winning games. I think the guys in this clubhouse realize that we've got a pretty good opportunity here that we don't want to waste.''
They lead Arizona by 7 1/2 games in the NL West. It's hard to believe the Dodgers once trailed the Diamondbacks by 9 1/2.
Reds 3, Padres 2 (13 inn.): San Diego and Tim Stauffer experienced a most helpless feeling: Getting Joey Votto to make an out while driving in the winning run anyway with a sacrifice fly.
Indians 6, Angels 5: The Tribe rallied from five runs down to end a six-game losing streak, but they've slipped 7 1/2 games behind the Tigers.
Nationals 6, Phillies 0: Thanks to Stephen Strasburg's first career complete game, Philly lost its 11th straight on the road.
Braves 9, Marlins 4: Hey, 15 out of 16 ain't bad.
Mets 9, Diamondbacks 5: Left-hander Jonathan Niese pitched OK in his first start since mid-June.
Cardinals 8, Cubs 4: Avoiding the sweep by the Cubs — pause — the Cardinals used Edward Mujica for a save for the first time in 18 games.
Rockies 3, Pirates 2: We live in weird times when the Pirates can get swept in August and still keep a three-game lead on the Cardinals for first place.
Mariners 2, Brewers 0: They asked Felix Hernandez if he'd like to pitch the ninth, but he said no, he was tired, let someone else finish. An honest answer.
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Yankees 5, Tigers 4: Hey, that's not right; the storybook final season of Mariano Rivera seems to have a few pages ripped out, here! However, not only did the Yankees get a game-winning home run from Brett Gardner, they got a long ball from Alex Rodriguez, too:
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Royals 4, Red Sox 3: The Royals are 18-5 since the All-Star break and are 4 1/2 games out of the second wild card spot.
Athletics 6, Blue Jays 4: Kind of a wild ninth, but Grant Balfour got it done.
Twins 5, White Sox 2: A big inning was the undoing of Jose Quintana, and the White Sox don't score any runs, so that was that.
Rangers 6, Astros 1: A four-hitter for Martin Perez.
''I feel like ever since the All-Star break, we've been making a statement. We're here to stay and compete.''
— James Shields of the Royals
Never has the bizarre tradition of the Gatorade dump looked odder than in this photo by Maddie Meyer of the Washington Post. That's Tyler Clippard (on the left) and Craig Stammen dousing Stephen Strasburg.
• The Rays walked Yasiel Puig four times intentionally in the three-game series.
• Kershaw is 49-0 when the Dodgers score at least four runs while he's in the game.
• Jeremy Hellickson has a 7.19 ERA in 10 career interleague outings.