Jose Abreu drew first blood. The Chicago White Sox slugging rookie, in his first game back from the disabled list, slammed a two-run homer off Clayton Kershaw, proving that his home-run power isn't something that even Kershaw can contain.
But the White Sox needed a couple more of those homers if they were going to beat Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night. They didn't get them, either, because Kershaw doesn't mess up that often.
Take away Abreu's fourth-inning homer and the Gordon Beckham single that preceded it and Kershaw was at Cy Young-level. He pitched eight innings, striking out nine and giving up only two other hits. The Dodgers, meanwhile, put together a five-run sixth inning to lock up the 5-2 win. Kershaw actually singled and scored the game's first run.
''It's always fun to get hits, and it's always fun when you're part of the run-scoring,'' Kershaw said. ''Sometimes with us, it takes a couple times to get through the lineup. I knew if I just kind of kept us in the game, gave us a chance, we were going to break out.''
RANDY WOLF — YES, RANDY WOLF — LEADS MARLINS PAST RAYS
Randy Wolf hadn't earned a major-league victory since 2012, but Monday night he shut down the Tampa Bay Rays like he was a regular. The Marlins won 3-1, and the Rays took an L for the seventh game in a row.
Wolf, 37, isn't Jose Fernandez, the injured youngster whom he was signed to replace two weeks ago, but he put together a Fernandez-esque line: allowing three hits and one run in six innings while striking out seven.
''I throw the same as I've always thrown,'' Wolf said. ''It's not like I was a flamethrower ever in my career. I've always thrown 88 (mph), so it's not like I have to make a huge adjustment.''
RED SOX WINNING STREAK HALTED AT 7 BY MASTERSON:
Cleveland Indians pitcher Justin Masterson got the best of the Boston Red Sox and John Lackey, ending the Red Sox's seven-game winning streak with a 3-2 Indians win. Masterson was masterful, striking out 10 and allowing three hits and no runs through seven innings.
In the fourth, Masterson managed an "immaculate inning," striking out the side on nine pitches, all strikes. Masterson is the 70th pitcher in MLB history to do that, and the third this season.
The Indians jumped out to an early three-run lead thanks to a two-run single from Lonnie Chisenhall and a one-run single from Asdrubal Cabrera. The Red Sox mustered two late runs on an Xander Bogaerts homer in the eighth, but it wasn't enough to keep the winning streak going.
DANNY DUFFY STIFLES CARDS, ROYALS OFFENSE DOES THE REST
Danny Duffy did his part for the Kansas City Royals, pitching six innings of one-hit ball and keeping the St. Louis Cardinals off the scoreboard. The Royals — who aren't exactly known for their offense this season — put together three-run innings in the seventh and eighth to notch a 6-0 win over the Cardinals.
The Cards have now lost five of their last six, and been shutout in back-to-back games.
For the rest of Monday's results, check out our scoreboard.
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