NEW YORK: Clayton Kershaw pitched six innings of shutout ball, while his offense scored two early runs to give the Los Angeles Dodgers a win over the Philadelphia Phillies.
Kershaw tied a season high with nine strikeouts, and impressively escaped two jams by twice retiring the heart of the Phillies’ order with two men aboard and none out.
In doing so, the Dodgers’ lefty picked up his third victory in five starts this season and helped Los Angeles (26-23) win its NL-leading 17th road game.
Philadelphia has lost three straight to tie its season low of five games below .500 (20-25).
Pablo Sandoval belted a three-run home run in the first inning to give the San Francisco Giants a lead they never relinquished in a victory over the Minnesota Twins.
Second baseman Brandon Hicks drove in two runs with a homer and a sacrifice fly, and center fielder Angel Pagan had a double and a triple as the Giants (30-18) became the second team in baseball to reach the 30-win mark.
Mike Trout returned from a one-day absence to hit a home run and throw out a runner in a double play as the Los Angeles Angels defeated the Kansas City Royals.
Trout, who finished 2-for-4, missed Wednesday night’s game with a tight left hamstring. It was the first time all season that the American League’s 2012 Rookie of the Year did not play.
Mark Reynolds slugged a pair of two-run homers to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a win over the Miami Marlins.
Reynolds has 11 homers this season for the National League Central-leading Brewers (29-20).
The Marlins (25-24) suffered a rare home loss. They are 19-7 at home.
Right-hander Liam Hendriks pitched into the sixth inning and Steve Tolleson homered as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Oakland Athletics.
Hendriks (1-0) allowed three hits, three walks and one run - a home run by A’s first baseman Brandon Moss in the fourth - in 5 2/3 innings as the Blue Jays (27-22) won their fourth game in a row.
Anibal Sanchez pitched seven innings and Austin Jackson hit a two-run homer to help the Detroit Tigers end a four-game slide.
Second baseman Ian Kinsler doubled three times and Detroit (28-16) first baseman Miguel Cabrera drove in his 42nd run of the season to tie for the Major League lead.
Atlanta Braves catcher Gerald Laird had the tie-breaking hit with two outs in the eighth inning, and Craig Kimbrel struck out the side in the ninth to record his 13th save as the Braves handed the Rockies a costly loss.
Rockies (26-22) third baseman Nolan Arenado, who won a Gold Glove as a rookie last year, fractured the middle finger on his left hand during a head-first slide in the second inning and is expected to be sidelined for a considerable length of time.
In other games, Adam Dunn slammed a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth to lift the Chicago White Sox to a victory over the New York Yankees while Pirates overcame Nationals to earn win. REUTERS