MAJOR LEAGUE ROUNDUP: Puig injured in Dodgers' win
Clayton Kershaw surrendered a career-high 11 hits in five shaky innings and got the win and Yasiel Puig scored the go-ahead run before leaving with a strained right knee as the surging Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 10-8 on Monday.
Puig was called out for interference on the bases in the first inning. He then hurt his knee on an awkward slide into third base and gingerly jogged home on Hanley Ramirez’s sacrifice fly in the sixth, before being replaced in right field.
Andre Ethier had three hits, including a two-run homer, as the Dodgers won their fifth straight. The NL West leaders are 35-8 since the All-Star break.
Kershaw (14-8) gave up five runs as his ERA jumped from a league-leading 1.72 to 1.89. He was productive at the plate, lining a two-run single.
Jeff Manship (0-5) took the loss in relief.
REDS 7, CARDINALS 2: Shin-Soo Choo and Joey Votto homered as Cincinnati roughed up Adam Wainwright for the second start in a row, leading Mat Latos and the Reds over the St. Louis Cardinals in the opener of a four-game series between the NL Central rivals.
Latos (14-5) gave up four hits in his first complete game of the year.
The Cardinals took two of three in St. Louis last week, the only loss coming when the Reds tagged Wainwright (15-9) for six runs and 10 hits in six innings.
PHILLIES 3, NATIONALS 2: Carlos Ruiz hit a tiebreaking RBI single in Philadelphia’s two-run eighth inning, helping the Phillies get the victory.
Cesar Hernandez started the winning rally with a two-out walk against Tyler Clippard (6-3). He came around to score on Jimmy Rollins’ double. After Chase Utley was walked intentionally, Ruiz drove in Rollins with a single to left.
B.J. Rosenberg (1-0) recorded the final out of the eighth for the win and Jonathan Papelbon finished for his 24th save in 30 chances.
Ryan Zimmerman homered for Washington, which had won nine of 12.
BRAVES 13, METS 5: Freddie Freeman homered, doubled and tied a career high with five RBIs, powering Atlanta past New York.
Freeman put the Braves ahead with a two-run double off Daisuke Matsuzaka in the first inning. Freeman made it 6-1 with a three-run homer a dozen rows deep into the right-field seats in the second.
Jordan Schafer got four hits and stole three bases for Atlanta before leaving with a lower back strain. Andrelton Simmons drove in three runs.
The NL East leaders matched their season high for runs and have won seven of eight.
Paul Maholm (10-10) snapped his four-game losing streak.
PADRES 4, GIANTS 1: Ian Kennedy beat an NL West opponent for the first time in 12 starts this season, pitching San Diego past San Francisco.
Kennedy (6-9) gave up one run and five hits over six innings while striking out seven. He is 3-1 with a 4.04 ERA since the Padres got him in a trade with Arizona on July 31.
Barry Zito (4-11) lost his eighth straight decision. He has won only once in his last 20 starts and was pulled after four innings.
MARLINS 4, CUBS 3: Henderson Alvarez hit his first career home run and pitched six innings before exiting with a hamstring injury, and the Miami Marlins beat the Chicago Cubs.
Alvarez hit a three-run shot off Travis Wood in the second inning and also had a single and a sacrifice bunt.
Alvarez (3-3) allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings before he left with a tight right hamstring in his first career appearance against the Cubs.
ATHLETICS 4, RANGERS 2: Coco Crisp hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the fifth that was confirmed by a video review, and Oakland pulled into a first-place tie with Texas atop the AL West.
Yoenis Cespedes homered leading off the second inning and Chris Young added an RBI single in Oakland’s fourth straight win.
Crisp set a career high with his 17th homer that stayed just fair of the left-field foul pole, topping his 16 for Cleveland in 2005. He fouled a ball off the area below his right knee in the sixth. He stayed in and struck out, and then was removed for what the team called a shin contusion.
TIGERS 3, RED SOX 0: Doug Fister rebounded from a miserable start with seven sharp innings, helping Detroit beat Boston in a matchup of teams with the AL’s best records.
The Tigers won despite missing Miguel Cabrera for the third straight game. He has been sidelined by a strained abdomen, though general manager Dave Dombrowski said the Triple Crown winner has been more hampered by a groin problem.
The AL Central-leading Tigers won for the fourth time in five games.
ANGELS 11, RAYS 2: Garrett Richards worked around a career-high seven walks over five innings and Erick Aybar drove in four runs for the Angels.
Richards (5-6) gave up a run and two hits while striking out six in the opener of a four-game series. The seven walks matched Richards’ total from his previous five starts combined, but the Rays stranded eight runners while he was in the game and 12 altogether.
Ben Zobrist drove in both of Tampa Bay’s runs with a first-inning homer and a sixth-inning single. The Rays have lost five straight.
The Angels have won nine of 10.
ORIOLES 7, INDIANS 2: Bud Norris stayed unbeaten as a starter with Baltimore and Nate McLouth homered and had three RBIs.
Norris (10-10) allowed one run — a homer to Jason Kipnis — and four hits in seven innings.
Matt Wieters hit a two-run homer in the ninth and Brian Roberts drove in two runs for the Orioles, who came in three games behind Oakland and Tampa By in the wild-card race.
The Indians lost for the sixth time in seven games.
YANKEES 9, WHITE SOX 1: Derek Jeter ended a slump with two hits and two RBIs, Alex Rodriguez reached base twice in an eight-run fourth inning and the Yankees beat the White Sox in a game interrupted for nearly two hours by rain.
A day after giving up seven runs in the seventh inning in a loss to wild card-rival Baltimore, the Yankees rocked reliever Dylan Axelrod and took advantage of the sloppy White Sox for their most productive inning since Oct. 1.
With thunder clapping in the first inning, Jeter had a run-scoring single off Jose Quintana (7-5) to stop an 0-for-14 slide. The Yankees bats then made all the noise after a 1-hour, 53-minute delay.
ROYALS 3, MARINERS 1: Will Smith had a career-high eight strikeouts in a dominant relief performance, helping Kansas City get the win.
Smith (2-1) allowed one hit in 4 1-3 innings. He finished with the most strikeouts by a Royals reliever since Tom Gordon struck out eight over 4 2-3 innings against Detroit on July 9, 1993.
Seattle ace Felix Hernandez (12-9) lost his fourth consecutive start. The ace right-hander allowed three runs and six hits in 6 2-3 innings.
TWINS 10, ASTROS 6: Rookie Chris Colabello homered twice for Minnesota, including a tiebreaking grand slam in the ninth inning.
It was 6-all before Chia-Jen Lo (0-3) allowed a single to Brian Dozier with one out in the ninth. Doug Bernier and Chris Herrmann drew two-out walks on full-count pitches before Colabello hit the next pitch into the bullpen in right-center. It was the first career grand slam for Colabello, who ended a 0-for-23 skid with a single on Sunday.
Chris Carter and Jason Castro drove in two runs apiece for the Astros, who have lost six of seven.
BLUE JAYS 4, DIAMONDBACKS 1: Esmil Rogers pitched 6 1-3 innings of one-hit ball and Edwin Encarnacion hit his 35th home run to lead the Toronto Blue Jays over Arizona.
Rogers (4-7) struck out five and walked one. Casey Janssen got his 27th save.
Diamondbacks starter Brandon McCarthy (3-9) pitched a five-hitter for his second complete game of the season.