LOS ANGELES — Two Cy Youngs, three straight major-league ERA titles, a 20-win season — and now a no-hitter.
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw struck out a career-high 15 Rockies and allowed his only baserunner on a throwing error by SS Hanley Ramirez in an 8-0 victory late Wednesday.
The Dodgers have both no-hitters in the majors this season. Josh Beckett tossed one May 25 in Philadelphia. It was the 22nd no-hitter in franchise history, more than any other team.
"I am so amazed," Kershaw, 26, said. "Beckett told me he was going to teach me how to do that, so I have Josh to thank."
Corey Dickerson led off the seventh with a slow bouncer to Ramirez. His throw on the run went wide for a two-base error. But that was it for the Rockies against Kershaw, who nearly had the 22nd perfect game since 1900.
Nolan Ryan's record seven no-hitters included 17, 16 and 15 strikeouts. Warren Spahn (15) and Don Wilson (15) were the only others with 15 strikeouts in a no-hitter,
"He had command of everything. I told him between innings: 'It's not fair when you have a devastating slider and a devastating curveball in the same night,' " C A.J. Ellis said.
One batter after Dickerson reached, rookie 3B Miguel Rojas backhanded Troy Tulowitzki's grounder behind the bag and 1B Adrian Gonzalez dug the low throw out of the dirt. Then Kershaw made quick work of the Rockies in the ninth.
gehrig honor: Major League Baseball will honor Lou Gehrig on July 4, the 75th anniversary of his famed "luckiest man" speech. MLB will donate $300,000 to organizations that fight against Lou Gehrig's disease. The Hall of Famer had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis when he spoke at Yankee Stadium on July 4, 1939. He died two years later from ALS at age 37. Players, managers, coaches and umpires will wear a commemorative patch, and a video at all ballparks will feature a first baseman from each team reciting a line from Gehrig's speech.
blue jays: LH reliever Brett Cecil (left groin) went on the 15-day DL. RHP Steve Delabar was recalled from Triple A.
pirates: Gregory Polanco has a nine-game hitting streak, the longest by any Pirate to begin a major-league career.
twins: INF Eduardo Nunez (strained right hamstring) went on the 15-day DL, retroactive to Sunday.