Clayton Kershaw extended his scoreless streak to 37 innings with eight innings of two-hit ball and fellow-pitcher Yasmani Grandal hit a two-run homer, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 3-1 victory over the Angels on Saturday.
Kershaw (9-6) struck out seven, walked one and retired his final 15 batters while working on eight days’ rest. His previous start was a three-hit shutout on July 23 in New York in which he took a perfect game into the seventh inning.
The three-time Cy Young Award winner has not given up a run since Wilmer Flores’ RBI single for the Mets on July 3 at Dodger Stadium.
Kenley Jansen, battling a virus for the past four days, pitched a shaky ninth for his 20th save in 21 attempts. He ended it by retiring Erick Aybar on a pop-up with runners at the corners after giving up an RBI single to Albert Pujols.
San Francisco ace Cole Hamels followed up his no-hitter by pitching into the eighth inning of his Texas debut without a decision as the Giants beat the Texas Rangers 9-7 in 11 innings.
Hunter Pence led off the 11th with a homer off Sam Dyson (0-1), another pitcher playing his first game for Texas.
Brandon Belt homered twice for the Giants, who have won 14 of their past 17 games.
Belt led off the third with his 11th homer and added another solo shot in the 11th off Sam Freeman.
In New York, Lucas Duda homered twice and hit a tiebreaking double in the eighth inning after newcomer Yoenis Cespedes was walked intentionally, leading the Mets to a come-from-behind victory over the Washington Nationals 3-2.
Playing in his first game since being acquired from Detroit on Friday at the trade deadline, Cespedes was walked by reliever Matt Thornton (1-1), even though Duda had connected twice on fireworks night off Joe Ross and has been on a recent tear.
The Colorado Rockies downed the St Louis Cardinals 6-2 after Nolan Arenado and Ben Paulsen homered, while Ben Zobrist hit two homers and Eric Hosmer singled home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning of the Kansas City Royals’ 7-6 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.
Chicago sluggers Melky Cabrera and Alexei Ramirez homered, while John Danks struck out eight batters as the White Sox beat the New York Yankees 8-2.
In other games, Hank Conger hit two homers, including his first career grand slam, and rookie Carlos Correa also homered twice to help the Houston Astros to a 9-2 win over the Arizona Cardinals, the Cincinnati Reds edged the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-3, the Chicago Cubs defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2 and the Oakland Athletics downed the Cleveland Indians 5-1.
Minnesota’s Kurt Suzuki hit the winning RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning as the Twins outlasted the Seattle Mariners 3-2, the Baltimore Orioles downed the Detroit Tigers 6-2, the Boston Red Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 11-7, the Philadelphia Phillies trounced the Atlanta Braves 12-2 and the San Diego Padres were 5-3 winners over the Miami Marlins.
Chen Jifang hits the gym for at least two hours every day and has the physique to prove it. At nearly 70, she is being held up as a shining example as China orders its vast population to get fit and lose the bulge. The grandmother from Shanghai has become a minor celebrity in in the past few months after her newfound and unlikely love for working out made national headlines. After becoming a gym regular in December 2018, Chen lost 14kg in three months, and now sports the kind of flat stomach and toned muscles that people decades younger aspire to. She
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