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  • Scoreless streak ends for Kershaw

  • LOS ANGELES — Clayton Kershaw's scoreless streak ended at 41 innings when he gave up a home run to Chase Headley, but the Los Angeles ace pitched a three-hitter with 11 strikeouts to lead the Dodgers over the San Diego Padres 2-1 on Thursday night.
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  • LOS ANGELES — Clayton Kershaw's scoreless streak ended at 41 innings when he gave up a home run to Chase Headley, but the Los Angeles ace pitched a three-hitter with 11 strikeouts to lead the Dodgers over the San Diego Padres 2-1 on Thursday night.
    Kershaw won his eighth straight start and came within 18 innings of the major league record set by Dodgers right-hander Orel Hershiser, who threw 59 consecutive shutout innings in 1988.
    The switch-hitting Headley homered off Kershaw (11-2) in the sixth, halting the longest scoreless streak in the majors since Brandon Webb went 42 innings for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2007.
    Kershaw's run tied Luis Tiant for the fifth-longest in the expansion era (since 1961).
    The 26-year-old lefty became the third pitcher in the last 100 years to win eight straight starts in one season while striking out at least seven batters in each one. The others were Sandy Koufax (1966) and Juan Marichal (1967).
    Despite missing five weeks because of a strained muscle in his upper back that sidelined him after his opening-day victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Australia, Kershaw has a 1.98 ERA in 14 starts — his best numbers before the All-Star break in his seven-year career.
    Kershaw earned his 14th complete game in 196 career starts, helping the defending NL West champions increase their division lead to one game over San Francisco in the opener of a four-game series that will take them into the All-Star break.
    Cubs 6, Reds 4, 12 innings
    At Cincinnati, Luis Valbuena hit a tiebreaking, two-run triple in the 12th inning and Chicago avoided a rare five-game sweep in Cincinnati.
    Arismendy Alcantara singled with one out and went to second on Starlin Castro's two-out infield single. Valbuena, who was 0 for 4 with three strikeouts, sent a drive to deep right field against J.J. Hoover (1-6).
    Phillies 9, Brewers 1
    At Milwaukee, Jimmy Rollins broke up Matt Garza's no-hit bid with a single in the seventh before sparking a seven-run outburst an inning later, helping Philadelphia complete a four-game sweep of Milwaukee.
    Braves 3, Mets 1
    At New York, Aaron Harang allowed four hits in seven innings, and Atlanta used early offense against Bartolo Colon to avert a four-game sweep.
    Pirates 9, Cardinals 1
    At St. Louis, Edinson Volquez tossed a six-hitter to win his fourth straight start, pitching Pittsburgh past St. Louis.
    Neil Walker, Josh Harrison, Russell Martin and Andrew McCutchen all drove in two runs for the Pirates, who avoided being swept in the four-game series.
    Interleague
    Athletics 6, Giants 1
    At San Francisco, All-Star Scott Kazmir struck out nine in seven scoreless innings to help Oakland win the annual Bay Bridge series.
    Josh Donaldson hit a two-run homer and Stephen Vogt drove in three runs for the A's, who won three of four in the two-city series that began Monday night in Oakland. The A's (58-34) have won seven of eight overall and have matched the best start in Oakland history.
    Tim Hudson (7-6) was unable to make it out of the sixth inning and lost his fourth straight decision for the floundering Giants.
    San Francisco has lost 15 of its past 19 home games and hasn't won consecutive games at AT&T Park in more than a month.
    Orioles 4, Nationals 3
    At Baltimore, Steve Pearce homered and scored twice to help Wei-Yin Chen earn his team-high ninth victory, and Baltimore beat Washington for its eighth win in 10 games.
    American League
    Twins 4, Mariners 2
    At Seattle, Kendrys Morales hit a two-run double in the fifth inning to help Minnesota rookie right-hander Yohan Pino earn his first major league victory.
    Morales, who played for the Mariners last season, came up with two outs and runners on first and second. He lined his double over center fielder James Jones' extended glove. Both runners scored without a throw.
    Pino (1-2) worked five innings to earn the victory in his fifth big league appearance. Throwing 100 pitches, he allowed one run and seven hits, walked two and struck out four.
    Red Sox 4, White Sox 3,10 innings
    At Boston, Mike Carp's pinch-hit single in the 10th inning gave Boston its second straight walk-off victory over Chicago.
    Jon Lester struck out 12 in seven innings for the Red Sox, but fellow All-Star Koji Uehara gave up a tying, two-run homer in the ninth to pinch-hitter Conor Gillaspie — his third long ball in three games and fourth of the season.
    Tigers 16, Royals 4
    At Kansas City, Mo., Everybody in Detroit's lineup had at least one hit and scored one run, the season-best offensive onslaught spurring the rout of Kansas City.
    Ashland native Jeremy Guthrie (5-8) gave up a career-worst eight earned runs on eight hits, three walks and two hit batters. He was mercifully pulled with no outs in the fifth, which means the Royals' veteran has now allowed 16 earned runs in eight-plus innings covering his last two starts.
    Indians 9, Yankees 3
    At Cleveland, Roberto Perez hit a two-run homer in his major league debut, Carlos Santana also connected and Cleveland scored nine runs in its last two innings at bat to rally past New York.
    Asdrubal Cabrera's bases-loaded triple and Michael Brantley's sacrifice fly highlighted a four-run seventh that erased a 3-0 deficit. Brantley, a first-time All-Star this season, added an RBI single in a five-run eighth, when Perez and Santana homered.
    Angels 15, Rangers 6
    At Arlington, Texas, All-Star center fielder Mike Trout had a three-run homer among his four hits for fast-starting Los Angeles in its drubbing of freefalling Texas.
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