L.A.'s Kershaw wins 10th straight
LOS ANGELES — Clayton Kershaw scattered nine hits and struck out nine while tying his career-best winning streak of 10 games, and Los Angeles completed the three-game sweep with a 2-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Thursday.
Kershaw (13-2) pitched his second consecutive complete game for the second time in his career. He is unbeaten in his last 11 starts with a 10-0 record since June 2. The left-hander beat the Braves for the first time during the regular season in his career.
Yasiel Puig homered as the Dodgers stretched their win streak to a season-high six and swept the Braves for the first time since taking four in a row from July 26-29, 1990, at home.
Julio Teheran (10-7) dueled with Kershaw, but fell behind in the first Adrian Gonzalez doubled to deep right-center field to drive in Puig.
Reds 3, Marlins 1
At Miami, Cincinnati benefited from Major League Baseball's new instant replay system and the rule preventing catchers from blocking to beat Miami.
Reds starter Johnny Cueto (12-6) struck out nine and allowed one run in seven innings and Ryan Ludwick drove in two runs. Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth for his 24th save.
Giancarlo Stanton hit his 25th home run for Miami and Tom Koehler (7-8) took the loss allowing two unearned runs in seven innings.
Phillies 10, Nationals 4
At Washington, Ben Revere tied a career-high with four hits and Philadelphia defeated Washington but might have lost starter Cliff Lee, who left in the third inning with an elbow injury.
Grady Sizemore had three hits and three RBIs as the Phillies pounded out 17 hits.
After throwing ball one to Denard Span with two outs, Lee walked off the mound, looked into the Phillies dugout, and tapped his left arm with his glove hand.
Cardinals 6, Padres 2
At San Diego, Shelby Miller and three relievers combined on a three-hitter, and Oscar Taveras hit a two-run homer for St. Louis, which avoided a three-game series sweep.
Miller (8-8) allowed two runs and three hits in six innings in his first win since June 7.
St. Louis roughed up rookie Odrisamer Despaigne (2-3) a day after playing what manager Mike Matheny called the team's ugliest loss of the season, a 12-1 defeat Wednesday night.
Cubs 3, Rockies 1
At Chicago, Jake Arrieta struck out seven in seven innings, leading the Cubs to the win.
Arrieta (6-2) allowed one run and three hits in his first victory since June 30 at Boston. The right-hander has a 1.73 ERA in his last 11 starts, holding opponents to a .162 batting average.
The Cubs won three of four in a matchup of last-place teams. The Rockies have lost four of five and 11 of 15 overall.
Diamondbacks 7, Pirates 4
At Phoenix, Andy Marte hit a two-run home run and Aaron Hill added a solo shot in the sixth inning to power Arizona.
Nick Ahmed hit the Diamondbacks' third home run, an eighth-inning solo shot that was the first of his major-league career.
Marte, called up from Triple-A Reno earlier on in the day to help fill the roster spots vacated by the trades of Gerardo Parra and Martin Prado, took Jeff Locke (2-3) deep into the left-field seats to break a 3-3 tie. Hill followed one out later with his ninth home run of the season.
White Sox 7, Tigers 4
At Detroit, Moises Sierra had four hits, and Jose Abreu and Adam Eaton added three apiece to lift the Chicago White Sox to a victory.
Joakim Soria (1-4) hit Paul Konerko with the bases loaded in the seventh to give the White Sox a 5-4 lead.
Angels 1, Orioles 0, 13 innings
At Baltimore, Albert Pujols hit an RBI single in the 13th inning, and Los Angeles averted a three-game series sweep.
Tyler Skaggs and six relievers combined on a five-hitter, and David Freese matched a career high with four hits to help Los Angeles improve to 3-10 in one-run games on the road.
Skaggs had a no-hitter with two outs in the fifth inning before leaving with left forearm tightness. He was replaced by Mike Morin, who immediately gave up a bloop single to Caleb Joseph.
Blue Jays 6, Astros 5
At Houston, Nolan Reimold hit two home runs, including a tiebreaking solo shot in the ninth, and Toronto rallied for a win.
Reimold's first homer came in the fifth and cut Houston's lead to 4-3. His second homer of the season was off Chad Qualls (1-3) and sent Toronto to its ninth win in 10 games. It was Reimold's second career multihomer game and first since May 26, 2011.
Royals 6, Twins 3
At Kansas City, Mo., Alcides Escobar hit a two-run triple and Yordano Ventura pitched seven effective innings for Kansas City.
Escobar's triple highlighted a four-run seventh. The inning also included Jarrod Dyson's run-scoring single. Dyson stole second and third and scored on catcher Eric Fryer's throwing error.
Ventura (8-8) limited the Twins to two runs, one earned, on five hits, while striking out seven.