Utley's home run helps Dodgers bring down the Giants

LA Dodgers seal eighth win in nine games and also complete a home sweep of the Giants in the MLB.

    The Dodgers increased their margin over second-place San Francisco in the division to 6 1/2 games [AP]
    The Dodgers increased their margin over second-place San Francisco in the division to 6 1/2 games [AP]

    Chase Utley homered, and Clayton Kershaw threw a complete game and tied his career high with 15 strikeouts, guiding the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 2-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium.

    The National League West-leading Dodgers earned their eighth win in nine games and completed a home sweep of the Giants for the first time since 2013.

    They increased their margin over second-place San Francisco in the division to 6 1/2 games. The Giants dropped their fifth game in a row.

    Elsewhere, Ruben Tejada collected two hits, including an inside-the-park home run, and four RBIs as the New York Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies 9-4.

    Tejada hit a two-run homer to cap a three-run second inning, had an RBI grounder in the fifth and laced a run-scoring single in the seventh to complete the Mets' scoring. 

    After cracking two solo homers, Ryan Zimmerman snapped an eighth-inning tie with an RBI double as Washington picked up a rare 4-3 win in St Louis.

    Zimmerman's liner down the right field line scored Anthony Rendon, who worked an eight-pitch walk from Jonathan Broxton to start the eighth and reached second on a sacrifice bunt by Matt den Dekker.

    Other results:

    Blue Jays 5, Indians 1

    Orioles 7, Rays 6 (11 innings)

    Reds 7, Cubs 4

    Royals 12, Tigers 1

    Angels 9, As 4

    Yankees 13, Red Sox 8

    Marlins 7, Braves 3

    Twins 3, White Sox 0

    Brewers 9, Pirates 4

    Mariners 8, Astros 3

    Rockies 9, Diamondbacks 4

    Rangers 4, Padres 3 (10 innings)

    SOURCE: Reuters


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