Kershaw bags record in Dodgers' win

Pitcher Clayton Kershaw became MLB's first 20-game winner this season after the Dodgers thrash the Cubs 14-5.

    Kershaw pitched five innings in his shortest start for 14 months [AP]
    Kershaw pitched five innings in his shortest start for 14 months [AP]

    Clayton Kershaw became Major League Baseball's first 20-game winner and AJ Ellis hit a pair of two-run homers, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 14-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs in Major League Baseball.

    Kershaw (20-3) pitched five shaky innings in his shortest start in three-and-a-half months but the NL West-leading Dodgers roughed up Edwin Jackson on their way to a 13-hit attack that included four homers.

    Matt Kemp hit a three-run shot in Los Angeles' six-run first, and Yasiel Puig added another three-run homer in the sixth.

    In other games around the league, Pittsburgh inched closer to a playoff spot with a 4-2 win over the Brewers, Detroit extended its lead in the AL Central division by routing Kansas City 10-1, Oakland defeated Philadelphia 3-1 to regain the top spot in the chase for AL wild cards, and St. Louis maintained a 2½ -game lead in the NL Central division with a 2-1 win over Cincinnati.

    Elsewhere, Tim Hudson allowed four runs in the first inning and San Francisco was held to three hits in a 5-0 loss to San Diego.

    In New York, Jacoby Ellsbury and Derek Jeter kept Toronto's Mark Buehrle winless against the Yankees for more than a decade in a 5-3 loss. 

    Texas' Ryan Rua had four hits and Jake Smolinski homered as the Rangers beat the playoff-bound Los Angeles Angels 12-3 for their seventh straight victory.

    In Baltimore, David Ortiz hit two home runs, including a two-run drive in the 10th inning that lifted Boston past the AL East-champion Orioles 5-3.

    In other scores, Washington topped Miami 3-2, the Chicago White Sox topped Tampa Bay 4-3, Colorado routed Arizona 15-3, Minnesota edged Cleveland 5-4 in 10 innings, and Seattle cruised past Houston 10-5.

    SOURCE: AP


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    'We were forced out by the government soldiers'

    'We were forced out by the government soldiers'

    We dialled more than 35,000 random phone numbers to paint an accurate picture of displacement across South Sudan.

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Meet the man on a mission to take down Cambodia's timber tycoons and expose a rampant illegal cross-border trade.

    Pakistan's tribal areas: 'Neither faith nor union found'

    Pakistan's tribal areas: 'Neither faith nor union found'

    Residents of long-neglected northwestern tribal belt say incorporation into Pakistan has left them in a vacuum.