DENVER — 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.
PIRATES 5, BREWERS 2
MILWAUKEE — Neil Walker hit a three-run homer, Charlie Morton pitched seven strong innings and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat Milwaukee to retake the NL Central lead.
The Pirates moved one game ahead of St. Louis. Pittsburgh won the opener of a nine-game road trip.
Walker’s homer made it 5-1 in the seventh.
Morton (7-3) gave up seven hits and one earned run. He won his fourth straight decision.
Mark Melancon pitched the ninth for his 10th save in 12 chances.
Tyler Thornburg (1-1) allowed two runs in six innings.
REDS 7, CARDINALS 2
CINCINNATI — 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 nine runs in a career-low two innings. They had his number again on Monday, piling up six runs and 10 hits in six innings.
PHILLIES 3, NATIONALS 2
PHILADELPHIA — 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.
BRAVES 13, METS 5
ATLANTA — Freddie Freeman homered, doubled and tied a career high with five RBIs, powering the Atlanta Braves past the New York Mets.
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.
PADRES 4, GIANTS 1
SAN DIEGO — Ian Kennedy beat an NL West opponent for the first time in 12 starts this season, pitching the San Diego Padres past the San Francisco Giants.
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.
Kennedy improved to 1-5 with a 4.97 ERA in his starts against NL West teams this year.
Huston Street worked a spotless ninth to earn his 26th save in 27 chances.
MARLINS 4, CUBS 3
CHICAGO — 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.
BLUE JAYS 4, d-backs 1
PHOENIX — 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.
ATHLETICS 4, RANGERS 2
OAKLAND, Calif. — Coco Crisp hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the fifth that was confirmed by a video review, and the Oakland Athletics pulled into a first-place tie with Texas atop the AL West by beating the Rangers 4-2 on Monday.
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
BOSTON — 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
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Garrett Richards worked around a career-high seven walks over five innings and Erick Aybar drove in four runs for the surging 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.
ORIOLES 7, INDIANS 2
CLEVELAND — 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. The right-hander improved to 4-0 as a starter with the Orioles, who acquired him at the July 31 trading deadline from Houston. He lost once in relief.
YANKEES 9, WHITE SOX 1
NEW YORK — 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.
Alfonso Soriano, Mark Reynolds Austin Romine, Vernon Wells, Brett Gardner and Jeter all drove in runs during the fourth-inning barrage. The offensive outburst made life easy on David Huff (2-0), who entered for Phil Hughes with one out in the second when play resumed.
ROYALS 3, MARINERS 1
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — 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.
Hernandez departed after his back cramped up while he was pitching to Alex Gordon. But Hernandez said he will be OK.
The Royals scored two runs in the fifth to open a 3-1 lead. Jarrod Dyson came home on a wild pitch, and Emilio Bonifacio added a sacrifice fly.
Greg Holland pitched a one-hit ninth for his 37th save in 39 opportunities.
TWINS 10, ASTROS 6
HOUSTON — 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.
Josh Roenicke (3-1) pitched two hitless innings for the win.
By wire sources