Kershaw stars for Angels, Boston complete sweep of Yankees
ABS-CBN Sports on May 02, 2016 05:44 PM
Los Angeles Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw (22) hits an RBI-single as San Diego Padres starter Drew Pomeranz, lower left, pitches and catcher Derek Norris, right, watches along with home plate umpire Marty Foster during the third inning of a baseball game, Sunday, May 1, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers desperately needed someone to end their six-game losing streak so up stepped Clayton Kershaw, with his arm and bat.
Kershaw pitched a three-hitter, struck out 14 and also singled home the only run to lead the Dodgers to a 1-0 win over the San Diego Padres on Sunday.
Kershaw (3-1) pitched his 13th shutout and 22nd complete game in 248 career starts. The lefty walked none and retired the first 14 batters.
"You'd be lying if you said that you didn't want to be the guy to end the streak. So it definitely feels good to be a part of that," Kershaw said.
In Boston, Christian Vazquez hit a two-run homer over the Green Monster as the Red Sox beat the New York Yankees 8-7 to complete a three-game sweep of their old rivals.
Travis Shaw also homered for the Red Sox, who have won seven of eight to move into first place in the AL East, while Alex Rodriguez homered for the third time in four games for the Yankees, who have lost a season-high five in a row.
"It is frustrating, no question about it," Rodriguez said. "We expect better things from ourselves."
The New York Mets' eight-game winning streak came to an end with a 6-1 loss to the San Francisco Giants after Madison Bumgarner pitched through rain to extend his Citi Field scoreless streak to 18 innings and Hunter Pence homered.
Bumgarner gave up six hits in six innings, struck out seven and walked three.
"You can't ask much more than six shutout innings," catcher Buster Posey said.
Daniel Castro singled and scored on Nick Markakis' sacrifice fly in the 10th inning as the Atlanta Braves picked up a rare victory by beating the major league-leading Chicago Cubs 4-3.
Jason Grilli pitched a scoreless 10th for his second save and the Braves won for just the sixth time in 24 games despite blowing a 3-0 after Julio Teheran threw seven scoreless innings.
Brett Lawrie homered for the third straight day as the Chicago White Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 7-1 for a split of the four-game series while Nolan Arenado hit his major league-leading 11th home run as the Colorado Rockies beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-3 for a three-game sweep.
Chris Carter went 3 for 5 with two homers and three RBIs as the Milwaukee Brewers beat Miami 14-5 to snap the Marlins' seven-game winning streak and Max Scherzer pitched seven strong innings as the Washington Nationals completed a three-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals with a 6-1 victory.
Troy Tulowitzki hit a three-run homer during a four-run ninth as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-1 and Scott Schebler hit an RBI double in the 11th inning as the Cincinnati Reds ended their six-game losing streak with a 6-5 win over Pittsburgh.
The Philadelphia Phillies beat the Cleveland Indians 2-1 for their sixth straight win and Jose Altuve homered as the Houston Astros beat the Oakland Athletics 2-1 to avoid a series sweep.
Nick Castellanos hit a three-run homer as the Detroit Tigers edged the Minnesota Twins 6-5 for their fifth straight victory while the Los Angeles Angels beat the Texas Rangers 9-6 and the Kansas City Royals ended a five-game skid with a 4-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners.