LOS ANGELES – Clayton Kershaw pitched his first no-hitter Wednesday night, striking out a career-high 15 and allowing his only baserunner on a throwing error by shortstop Hanley Ramirez in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 8-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies.
Kershaw’s gem gave the Dodgers the only two no-hitters in the majors this season. Josh Beckett tossed one May 25 in Philadelphia.
“I am so amazed,” Kershaw said. “Beckett told me he was going to teach me how to do that, so I have Josh to thank.”
Cheered on by his wife in the stands, Kershaw (7-2) retired his first 18 batters before Corey Dickerson led off the seventh with a slow bouncer to Ramirez. His throw on the run went wide past first baseman Adrian Gonzalez for a two-base error — ending any chance for a perfect game.
But that was it for Colorado against Kershaw, a two-time NL Cy Young Award winner. And he came oh-so-close to throwing the 22nd perfect game since 1900.
With the crowd of 46,069 on its feet and roaring, the left-hander made quick work of the Rockies in the ninth.
DJ LeMahieu grounded out to first base on the first pitch of the inning and Charlie Culberson hit a lazy fly to right field on the next one.
Dickerson then got four straight strikes and went down swinging.
“As far as individual games go, this is really special. To do it at home is more amazing,” Kershaw said.
Reds 11, Pirates 4
In Pittsburgh, Alfredo Simon became the NL’s first 10-game winner and Billy Hamilton had three hits and three RBIs.
Phillies 10, Braves 5
In Atlanta, Ryan Howard capped a big series by driving in two runs with three hits.
Mets 3, Cardinals 2
In St. Louis, Bartolo Colon worked eight dominant innings in 33 C heat and keyed the go-ahead rally with his first career extra-base hit.
Cubs 6, Marlins 1
In Miami, Jake Arrieta had a career-high 11 strikeouts in seven innings, and Nate Schierholtz hit a three-run homer for Chicago.
Diamondbacks 4, Brewers 3
In Phoenix, Tony Campana singled home Martin Prado from third base with two outs in the ninth inning.
Royals 2, Tigers 1
In Detroit, Kansas City won its 10th straight game, extending its best streak in 20 years when Jeremy Guthrie and a lucky hop helped the Royals beat Detroit.
Red Sox 2, Twins 1 (10)
In Boston, Mike Napoli and David Ortiz hit consecutive homers with one out in the 10th and the Red Sox rallied to hand Minnesota its fifth straight loss.
Reliever Koji Uehara (2-1) earned the win, but snapped his scoreless streak at 21⅔ innings.
Athletics 4, Rangers 2
In Oakland, Brandon Moss hit a tiebreaking double in the fifth and Sonny Gray pitched the Athletics past Texas.
Yankees 7, Blue Jays 3
In New York, Brian McCann hit a go-ahead, two-run homer and later added a bases-loaded triple to lead the Yankees over first-place Toronto.
New York’s Ichiro Suzuki entered the game as a pinch hitter in the seventh, walked with the bases loaded and scored. The Blue Jays’ Munenori Kawasaki was hitless in four at-bats.
Orioles 2, Rays 0
In St. Petersburg, Florida, Kevin Gausman pitched six innings, Steve Pearce’s double snapped a scoreless tie and Nelson Cruz added his major league-leading 22nd home run.
Angels at Indians — ppd.
Padres 2, Mariners 1
In San Diego, pinch hitter Tommy Medica singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and the Padres defeated Seattle in their first home game since Tony Gwynn’s death.
White Sox 7, Giants 6
In Chicago, Jose Abreu hit his 20th homer, a two-run shot, and Adam Dunn added a three-run drive for the hosts.
Nationals 6, Astros 5
In Washington, Anthony Rendon homered to spark a three-run seventh for the Nationals.