Kershaw strikes out 13 as Dodgers blast Cardinals 6-0
July 1, 2014, 12:01 am TWN
LOS ANGELES -- Clayton Kershaw completed a spectacular June by striking out 13 batters and allowing just five hits over seven innings as the Los Angeles Dodgers downed the St. Louis Cardinals 6-0 on Sunday.
Andre Ethier hit a three-run homer, and Matt Kemp and Adrian Gonzalez had run-scoring hits for the Dodgers, who took three of four from St. Louis in a rematch of last season's National League championship series.
Kershaw (9-2) extended his career-best scoreless streak to 28 innings in his first home start since throwing his first career no-hitter June 18 against Colorado. The left-hander went 6-0 with an 0.82 ERA in June, yielding four runs in 44 innings and striking out 61.
With 12 wins in 16 games, Los Angeles (47-37) has pulled virtually even with the slumping Giants (46-36) atop the NL West.
Cincinnati pitcher Homer Bailey made a strong bid for another no-hitter, shutting down San Francisco until Buster Posey's two-out single in the seventh inning in the Reds' 4-0 win over the Giants.
Bailey has thrown no-hitters in each of the last two seasons, and did it against the Giants at home last July 2. He came close to pitching the latest gem at AT&T Park — the ballpark was the scene of Tim Lincecum's no-hitter Wednesday against San Diego.
Bailey (8-4) finished with a three-hitter as the Reds completed their first four-game sweep in San Francisco since doing it at Candlestick Park in 1972.