The Juice: Clayton Kershaw and Yasiel Puig (big surprise it’s them) lead Dodgers past Rockies

David Brown

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Left-hander Clayton Kershaw put on a Yasiel Puig-like performance Tuesday night at Coors Field, turning in one of the best outings in ballpark history in an 8-0 victory for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Oh, and Puig hit another home run to back Kershaw's four-hit shutout. Working in tandem, these guys are pretty tough nuts to crack. The Dodgers improved to 39-43 and moved within 2 1/2 games of the Arizona Diamondbacks, who have lost five straight atop the NL West.

Breaker of streaks: Kershaw struck out eight and walked nobody for a game score of 87, which ranks seventh in the history of Coors Field, one of the tougher hitter's parks in the majors. None of the hits he allowed — all of which were singles — went to Michael Cuddyer, whose 27-game hitting streak ended. It's still hard to believe Hideo Nomo pitched a no-hitter at Coors in the pre-humidor days.

Coors menace: And speaking of cigars, Puig had three hits overall to raise his batting average to .443. Check out the plate coverage and the power Puig generates taking this outside pitch by Luke Ottavino over the center field fence.

Oy, Roy: The Dodgers roughed up Rockies starter Roy Oswalt for five runs and nine hits in his Coors debut. That's OK; it's a tough place to pitch! For some. Regardless, Kershaw appreciated the run support. He came in with the second-weakest run support among NL starting pitchers.

"A-Rod, we've got you surrounded!"


Reds 3, Giants 0: Homer Bailey did something last night, can't remember what.

Angels 5, Cardinals 1: He didn't have much to do with the outcome, but Albert Pujols will take a victory in his first outing against the old employer.

Athletics 7, Cubs 6: The difference: Slugger Derek Norris hit a three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning. Carlos Marmol was nowhere near the place, either.

Rays 8, Astros 0: Much like the first game of the series, only that one didn't have David Price returning from an injury.

Yankees 7, Twins 3: The Twins should wish Mariano Rivera gets splinters from the rocking chair made of broken bats they gave him for retiring.

Mets 9, Diamondbacks 1: Lefty Patrick Corbin will not go undefeated this season.

Tigers 7, Blue Jays 6: Torii Hunter had four singles, including a go-ahead infield hit, and Miguel Cabrera provided the brute force with a three-run homer.

Phillies 3, Pirates 1: Their nine-game winning streak is over, but the Bucs are still in first place and still have the league's best record.

Braves 11, Marlins 3: Don't be so hard on yourself, Chris Johnson.

Mariners 9, Rangers 2: Raul Ibañez has 20 home runs?

White Sox 5, Orioles 2: Good outing for John Danks. White Sox still have dropped 23 of the past 32.

Red Sox 4, Padres 1: Was John Lackey ever this good for the Angels?

Indians 6, Royals 5: Big walk for Carlos Santana sparked the Tribe. Way to stand there, kid.

Brewers 4, Nationals 0: Hey, Stephen Strasburg couldn't pitch forever, so the Brewers just waited until he left the game to score. Great plan!

''You know, I'm tired of talking about that. These guys battle every single day, just like I do, and it just didn't work out for us tonight. But I'd like to get over that. I'd like to stop answering questions about run support.''

— Stephen Strasburg

Kelly Olynyk, the Boston Celtics' first-round pick in the recent NBA Draft, makes the rounds at the Red Sox clubhouse looking for people his height. Ryan Dempster is not.

• Alex Rodriguez went hitless in two at-bats for the Charleston (S.C.) Riverdogs in his first minor league injury rehab game.

• Dustin Pedroia has reached base in 43 of 45 games this season.

• The Nationals have been shut out nine times. Nine times? Nine. Times.

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