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Game roundup: Dodgers' Kershaw shuts down Rockies

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DENVER -- Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw provided another dominant performance, holding the Colorado Rockies to two singles in eight innings in a 9-0 romp Friday night.

Kershaw extended his career-high scoreless streak to 36 innings, the third longest in Los Angeles history but well behind Orel Hershiser (59 innings in 1988) and Don Drysdale (58 in 1968).

In addition to limiting the Rockies to singles by second baseman DJ LeMahieu and third baseman Nolan Arenado, Kershaw (10-2) matched the Rockies' output with two singles and had one RBI. He walked one with eight strikeouts as he lowered his ERA to 1.85.

The Dodgers backed Kershaw with a three-run first and a five-run fifth against Jair Jurrjens (0-1), who was shaky in his Rockies debut. Kershaw has won seven straight starts, with a 0.69 ERA (four earned runs in 52 innings) in those outings while walking five and striking out 69.

A's 1, Blue Jays 0 (12 innings)

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Oakland snapped a scoreless tie with a run in the bottom of the 12th inning to beat Toronto.

A's catcher Derek Norris worked a leadoff walk against reliever Chad Jenkins. With one out, second baseman Nick Punto sliced a double down the left-field line, and Norris raced home when left fielder Melky Cabrera booted the ball for an error.

Right-hander Dan Otero, the A's sixth reliever of the game, pitched a scoreless 12th for the win.

Angels 7, Astros 6

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Center fielder Mike Trout hit a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give Los Angeles a victory over Houston, which has lost five games in a row.

Trout, the leadoff hitter in the bottom of the ninth, propelled an 0-2 pitch from left-hander Tony Sipp (1-1) over the left-field fence for his 20th home run of the season.

Los Angeles tied the game at 6 in the bottom of the seventh when second baseman Howie Kendrick hit a double off the right-field scoreboard to bring home designated hitter Albert Pujols. Kendrick went 4-for-4 for the fifth time in his career.

Mets 6, Rangers 5

NEW YORK -- Catcher Travis d'Arnaud hit a two-run double in the eighth inning to snap a tie and lift New York past Texas, which has lost six consecutive games.

The Mets snapped a four-game losing streak and won for just the second time in their last nine games. The Rangers have lost 14 of 16 games.

Right fielder Bobby Abreu began the eighth by drawing a walk off Rangers left-hander Aaron Poreda (2-1). After Poreda struck out first baseman Lucas Duda, third baseman Eric Campbell singled off right-hander Jason Frasor. D'Arnaud followed with an opposite field double for a 6-4 lead.

Pirates 8, Phillies 2

PITTSBURGH -- Andrew McCutchen had four hits and just missed hitting for the cycle, and Gerrit Cole pitched five scoreless innings before departing with an injury as Pittsburgh rolled past Philadelphia.

McCutchen had two doubles and a triple. Needing a home run in the eighth inning to reach the cycle, the center fielder hit an RBI double high off the right-field wall. McCutchen had two RBIs and is 18-for-47 (.383) in his last 13 games.

Cole (7-4) was removed with a strained lat muscle in his right shoulder after allowing only one hit while striking out six and walking one. The right-hander was making his second start since returning from the disabled list last Saturday after missing 3 1/2 weeks because of shoulder fatigue.

Padres 2, Giants 0

SAN DIEGO -- Left-hander Eric Stults and two relievers shut out San Francisco on four hits as San Diego extended its longest winning streak of the season to five games.

The Giants lost their third straight game and fell to 5-18 over their last 23 games.

It was the second straight shutout win for the Padres and the third in four games. Padres pitchers have allowed three runs in the five-game winning streak.

Shortstop Alexi Amarista put the Padres on the board with one out in the second when he drove a Matt Cain changeup 386 feet into the stands in right field.

White Sox 7, Mariners 1

CHICAGO -- Chicago left-hander Chris Sale struck out 12 and mowed down a Seattle lineup with six left-handed hitters in his second complete game of the season.

Prior to the game, Sale had allowed just four hits in 45 at-bats against left-handed hitters this season. Seattle's six lefties went a collective 4-for-20 (.200), and the Mariners never really got anything going against Sale until the ninth.

Sale (8-1) scattered four hits and didn't issue a walk in a 112-pitch performance. Sale has 14 double-digit strikeout outings in his career, which is third in franchise history behind Ed Walsh's 17 and Juan Pizarro's 15.

Cardinals 3, Marlins 2

ST. LOUIS -- St. Louis right-hander Lance Lynn threw 6 2/3 shutout innings in a nice bounce-back effort as St. Louis held on to beat Miami.

After allowing nine hits and seven runs in two innings last Saturday during a 9-1 loss at the Los Angeles Dodgers, Lynn (9-6) scattered five hits in this one. He walked three and struck out six.

The Marlins loaded the bases with no outs in the ninth and got an RBI single by Christian Yelich. One out later, Trevor Rosenthal walked Giancarlo Stanton to make it a one-run game. But Miami third baseman Casey McGehee bounced into a 5-4-3 double play to end the game.

Royals 7, Indians 1

CLEVELAND -- Mike Moustakas' three-run home run in the sixth inning broke open a close game, and rookie Christian Colon had three extra-base hits to propel Kansas City to victory over Cleveland.

Right-hander Yordano Ventura (6-7) pitched 8 1/3 innings to get the win.

With Kansas City leading 2-0 in the sixth inning, Moustakas, a third baseman who came into the game hitting .186, worked the count to 3-2 against Josh Tomlin (5-6) before belting his ninth home run over the right-field wall.

Moustakas has four home runs in 23 at-bats against Cleveland this year.

Yankees 6, Twins 5

MINNEAPOLIS -- Brian Roberts had four extra base hits, scored two runs and knocked in another to lead New York over Minnesota.

The nine total bases were a career high for Roberts, a veteran of 1,401 games with the Yankees and Baltimore Orioles.

The Yankees scored all of their runs in the first two innings to open a 6-1 lead against Twins starter Kyle Gibson, who lasted just two innings. Yankees starter Chase Whitley didn't last long enough for the win, going three innings and allowing four earned runs, eight hits and a walk. David Huff (3-0) pitched three perfect innings of relief for the victory.

Rays 6, Tigers 3

DETROIT -- Desmond Jennings had three hits, scoring on each one, while Evan Longoria hit a solo home run and Sean Rodriguez a two-run triple as Tampa Bay snapped Detroit's four-game winning streak.

Right-hander Alex Cobb (4-6) lasted four batters into the sixth to win his second straight start. Cobb allowed five hits, walked two and fanned five.

Brad Boxberger got three outs in both the sixth and seventh, then right-hander Joel Peralta pitched the eighth to become the Rays' all-time leader in appearances with 267. Lefty Jake McGee closed it out for his fourth save.

Braves 5, Diamondbacks 2

ATLANTA -- Right-hander Ervin Santana scattered six hits over 7 1/3 innings against Arizona to lead Atlanta to its season-high eighth consecutive victory.

Santana (7-5) won his second straight start and improved his career record to 3-0 against the Diamondbacks. At one point he retired 11 straight batters before exiting after allowing two singles in the eighth.

Relievers Luis Avilan and Jordan Walden each recorded an out in the eighth to limit an Arizona rally to one run. Closer Craig Kimbrel pitched a scoreless ninth for his 27th save.

Cubs 7, Nationals 2

WASHINGTON -- Jason Hammel pitched into the seventh inning and Justin Ruggiano had three hits and two RBIs as Chicago banged out 14 hits against Washington.

Hammel (8-5) is 8-0 in 10 career starts against the Nationals, who saw their five-game winning streak end. Hammel gave up two runs and five hits in six innings before Neil Ramirez came on with no outs in the seventh and retired the side after allowing an RBI single by Wilson Ramos that cut the lead to 4-2.

The Cubs won their fourth in a row as Ruggiano added on an insurance run with an RBI single in the ninth to make it 5-2. Starlin Castro (two hits) followed with a two-run single to up the margin to 7-2 against reliever Jerry Blevins.

Reds 4, Brewers 2

CINCINNATI -- Billy Hamilton homered and Alfredo Simon pitched seven strong innings, lifting Cincinnati over Milwaukee.

Catcher Jonathan Lucroy hit his ninth home run of the season for the Brewers.

Simon (11-3) followed his usual script for success by allowing Brewers batters to put the ball in play. He gave up two runs and six hits with two walks and three strikeouts while becoming the NL's third 11-game winner.

Cincinnati won for the ninth time in 13 games and improved to 6-2 this season against Milwaukee.

Red Sox-Orioles, ppd.

BOSTON -- The Boston-Baltimore game scheduled for Friday afternoon was postponed because of inclement weather associated with Hurricane Arthur.

Despite only light rain falling in the hours leading up to the original 1:35 p.m. start time, forecasts called for moderate to heavy rain showers throughout the afternoon and evening.

The game was rescheduled as part of a day-night doubleheader Saturday. The first game will be played at 1:05 p.m. ET with the second regularly scheduled game remaining at 7:15 p.m.

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