LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw's scoreless streak ended at 41 innings when he gave up a home run to Chase Headley, but the Los Angeles ace pitched a three-hitter with 11 strikeouts to lead the Dodgers over the San Diego Padres 2-1 on Thursday night.
Kershaw won his eighth straight start and came within 18 innings of the major league record set by Dodgers right-hander Orel Hershiser, who threw 59 consecutive shutout innings in 1988.
Headley homered off Kershaw in the sixth, halting the longest scoreless streak in the majors since Brandon Webb went 42 innings for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2007.
Kershaw's run tied Luis Tiant for the fifth-longest in the expansion era (since 1961).
ATHLETICS 6, GIANTS 1
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — All-Star Scott Kazmir struck out nine in seven scoreless innings to help Oakland win the annual Bay Bridge series.
Josh Donaldson hit a two-run homer and Stephen Vogt drove in three runs for the A's, who won three of four in the two-city series that began Monday night in Oakland. The A's (58-34) have won seven of eight overall and have matched the best start in Oakland history.
Tim Hudson (7-6) was unable to make it out of the sixth inning and lost his fourth straight decision for the floundering Giants.
San Francisco has lost 15 of its past 19 home games and hasn't won consecutive games at AT&T Park in more than a month.
Kazmir (11-3) allowed three hits and one walk. He has yielded one run or fewer in 11 of 19 starts this season for a 2.38 ERA.
ORIOLES 4, NATIONALS 3
BALTIMORE (AP) — Steve Pearce homered and scored twice to help Wei-Yin Chen earn his team-high ninth victory, and Baltimore beat Washington for its eighth win in 10 games.
Adam Jones and Nelson Cruz both drove in a run for the Orioles, who built a 4-0 lead in the third inning and held on. Baltimore took two of three from the Nationals in this rain-shortened, home-and-home interleague showdown between division leaders.