Thursday, January 18, 2018
Sports

Brilliant Kershaw gives L.A. a lift

NEW YORK — For Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers, pitching five innings was nearly perfect.

They almost were, too.

Kershaw gave up one hit in a start twice interrupted by rain, and Justin Turner grounded an RBI double off Dellin Betances in a two-run ninth that sent Los Angeles over the Yankees 2-0 Wednesday.

"For us to see Clayton go out and do what he does, it's a huge lift for us," manager Dave Roberts said.

The ace left-hander threw 64 pitches in his second start since missing 10 weeks because of a herniated disc in his lower back. Last week, he gave up two runs and five hits in three innings at Miami.

"Overall, a little bit better, for sure," Kershaw said.

The Yankees completed a 7-3 homestand and remained two behind the Blue Jays for the second AL wild card.

ORIOLES 1, RED SOX 0: Mark Trumbo hit his majors-high 42nd home run, Kevin Gausman outpitched Rick Porcello and visiting Baltimore pulled within a game of AL East-leading Boston.

INDIANS 6, WHITE SOX 1: Josh Tomlin pitched five effective innings in his return to the rotation, Coco Crisp hit a three-run homer in the sixth and visiting Cleveland stayed six games ahead of the Tigers in the AL Central.

TIGERS 9, TWINS 6: Miguel Cabrera's homer broke a seventh-inning tie, and host Detroit rallied to pull one game behind the Blue Jays for the second AL wild card.

A'S 9, ROYALS 0: Yonder Alonso and Marcus Semien hit two-run doubles as visiting Oakland beat Kansas City for the third straight game.

CUBS 7, CARDINALS 0: Anthony Rizzo hit two home runs and Jon Lester pitched eight dominant innings as visiting Chicago clinched at least a wild-card playoff berth.

NATIONALS 1, METS 0: Tanner Roark pitched seven innings and Wilson Ramos homered in the seventh for host Washington, which won its fifth in six games and lowered its magic number to seven for clinching the NL East.

MARLINS 7, BRAVES 5: Marcell Ozuna hit a three-run homer for visiting Miami. Both benches emptied in the seventh after Atlanta reliever Jose Ramirez threw inside to Marlins ace Jose Fernandez, who had been knocked to the ground by a pitch from Julio Teheran in the fifth. No punches were thrown and Ramirez was ejected.

PADRES 3, GIANTS 1: Madison Bumgarner missed a chance at his 100th career win, and host San Francisco blew another shot for a potential push in the NL West.

Around the league

ASTROS: Second baseman Jose Altuve left after the fourth inning with right oblique discomfort.

BLUE JAYS: Reigning AL MVP Josh Donaldson was to have an MRI exam on his sore right hip. … Former Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington was hired as vice president of baseball operations.

BRAVES: The team will play its first eight games on the road next season before making its debut of SunTrust Park on April 14.

YANKEES: Rookie rightfielder Aaron Judge is likely done for the regular season because of a strained oblique.

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