LOS ANGELES – Even the red-hot Washington Nationals offense proved no match for Clayton Kershaw.
Kershaw pitched eight strong innings for his major league-leading 17th win and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Washington Nationals 4-1 Tuesday night.
Kershaw (17-3) gave up three hits and one run, walked two and struck out eight to win his third straight start and lower his MLB-leading ERA to 1.70. He also went 1-for-2 with a run scored at the plate.
“He spoils us, that’s for sure,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “He’s just so valuable for us.”
The Nationals came in with 14 home runs in their previous four games, including four against the Dodgers on Monday.
Kershaw quickly quieted their bats, working through six shutout innings before giving up a solo homer to Bryce Harper in the seventh, his only blip of the night. It was the first homer hit by a lefty against Kershaw this season.
“He just didn’t give us any opportunities,” Nationals manager Matt Williams said. “That’s why he’s doing so well. He’s just not making any mistakes.”
Kershaw retired 12 straight at one point and, with his eight strikeouts, surpassed the 200-strikeout mark for the fifth consecutive season. He joins Hall of Famers Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale and Don Sutton as the only pitchers in franchise history with at least five seasons of 200 strikeouts.
“You always want to be consistent,” Kershaw said. “You try to give your team a chance. When you only get to contribute once every five days it’s important for the starting pitcher to get some momentum.”
Mets 8, Marlins 6
In Miami, David Wright broke out of his offensive woes with three hits and three RBIs.
Cardinals 6, Pirates 4
In St. Louis, Adam Wainwright earned his 16th win and matched his career best with three RBIs.
Giants 12, Rockies 7
In Denver, Buster Posey homered, doubled twice and drove in four runs.
Phillies 4, Braves 0
In Atlanta, Kyle Kendrick allowed three hits in seven innings, and Carlos Ruiz homered and drove in two runs.
Cubs 7, Brewers 1
In Chicago, Jake Arrieta pitched six solid innings.
Padres 2, Diamondbacks 1
In San Diego, Cory Spangenberg’s first big league home run came on the first pitch he saw as a pinch hitter with one out in the ninth inning.
Tigers 4, Indians 2
In Cleveland, J.D. Martinez hit a three-run homer off closer Cody Allen in the ninth inning, lifting Detroit to the win.
Mariners 6, Athletics 5
In Oakland, James Paxton pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning and Seattle held off a late rally by the A’s.
Royals 2, Rangers 1
In Kansas City, Salvador Perez hit a scorching liner off the glove of third baseman Adrian Beltre for a single, allowing Jarrod Dyson to score the go-ahead run in the eighth.
Norichika Aoki went 2-for-3 for the Royals and drove in a run.
Red Sox 9, Yankees 4
In New York, Xander Bogaerts homered among his four hits and fellow rookie Mookie Betts also went deep during a big night at the plate.
Ichiro Suzuki was hitless in in a pinch-hit appearance.
Astros 8, Angels 3
In Houston, Jose Altuve had four hits for the second straight game and Brad Peacock threw 6⅓ solid innings.
Blue Jays 8, Rays 2
In St. Petersburg, Florida, Jose Reyes hit a three-run homer for Toronto, and R.A. Dickey gave up two hits in seven innings.
Munenori Kawasaki went 0-for-3 for the Blue Jays.
White Sox 6, Twins 3 (10)
In Minneapolis, Tyler Flowers’ first career multihomer game lifted the White Sox.
Orioles 5, Reds 4
In Baltimore, Bud Norris pitched six shutout innings, Nelson Cruz notched his career-high 91st RBI during a four-run first.