Kershaw pitches another shutout, Dodgers down Mets 5-0
ABS-CBN Sports on May 13, 2016 06:12 PM
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw and third baseman Enrique Hernandez, right, celebrate after the Dodgers' 5-0 win over the New York Mets in a baseball game in Los Angeles, Thursday, May 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw pitched his second complete-game shutout this month, steering the Dodgers to a 5-0 win against the New York Mets on Thursday and staying in a virtual tie for top spot in the National League West division.
Yasmani Grandal hit a three-run homer and Chase Utley added a solo shot for the Dodgers, who pulled level with San Francisco, which won the opener of a four-game series at Arizona.
Baltimore and Boston also share a divisional lead, in the American League East. The Orioles came from five runs down to beat Detroit while the Red Sox continued their scoring glut to rout Houston.
Kershaw, making his 250th career start, struck out 13 and walked just one. It was his fifth straight start with double-digit strikeouts, a Dodgers record.
Los Angeles scored four runs in the first inning, tacked on another in the second, and the game remained scoreless thereafter.
San Francisco's Johnny Cueto pitched seven strong innings to steer the Giants to a 4-2 win at Arizona.
Cueto allowed two runs, striking out nine, to get the better of Zack Greinke in a clash of two of the highest-priced free agent pitchers last offseason. Cueto signed a six-year, $130 million contract, which was dwarfed by Greinke's six-year, $206.5 million deal with the Diamondbacks.
Greinke had another rough outing at home, giving up four runs in six innings, pushing his earned run average up to a troubling 5.26, compared with 1.66 last season.
Boston's David Price struck out 12 batters to help the Red Sox thrash Houston 11-1.
Boston's bats ensured Price easily took this one. He rallied after a slow start and allowed a season-low one run over 6 2/3 innings, lowering his still pricey ERA to 6.00.
Mookie Betts had a three-run homer and Xander Bogaerts had a two-run shot for the Red Sox, while Jackie Bradley Jr. singled twice and extended his hitting streak to 18 games; longest in the majors this season.
Baltimore's Jonathan Schoop hit a tiebreaking two-run triple in the seventh inning to help the Orioles rally and beat Detroit 7-5.
Schoop's triple was the only extra-base hit in the seventh-inning rally that included five singles, as Baltimore came from 5-0 down.
St. Louis' Matt Holliday homered twice in two innings as the Cardinals built a strong lead and held off a Los Angeles rally to beat the Angels 12-10.
New York's Chase Headley, Starlin Castro and Didi Gregorius hit early home runs as the Yankees beat Kansas City 7-3, sending the struggling World Series champ to a 12th loss in 16 games.
San Diego's James Shields had a season-high nine strikeouts in seven innings to lead the Padres to a 3-0 win against Milwaukee.
Philadelphia's Cameron Rupp hit a three-run double with two outs in the 10th inning to give the Phillies a 7-4 victory at Atlanta.