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Kershaw wins 11th as Dodgers' run hits 9

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(TSX / STATS) -- LOS ANGELES -- The Colorado Rockies had one shot at the Los Angeles Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw on Saturday night and missed. The left-handed ace didn't give them another.

After toughing out a 33-pitch first inning that included a bases-loaded, one out situation, Kershaw settled into his dominating form and throttled the Rockies for his 11th victory of the season. He allowed four hits and a walk in six shutout innings as the Dodgers won their ninth straight 4-0.

Joc Pederson extended the club's streak of games with a home run to 16 with a first-pitch shot to center in the third inning, the longest streak since the 1960 team hit one in 17 straight. They're 15-1 in those games.


Jays closer Osuna reveals anxiety issue

(TSX / STATS) -- Toronto Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna said Saturday he is dealing with an anxiety issue, feeling "a little bit lost right now."

Osuna told reporters he is unsure when he will be available to pitch again as he tries to work through his issues. He did not pitch in a save situation for the Blue Jays on Friday night against the Kansas City Royals.


Royals' Vargas bests Jays for 11th win

(TSX / STATS) -- KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jason Vargas continues to exceed expectations.

Vargas worked seven strong innings and Alcides Escobar had three hits and scored two runs as the Kansas City Royals edged the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 on Saturday afternoon.


Dozier's HR in 8th gets Twins by Indians

(TSX / STATS) -- CLEVELAND -- The way Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona figures it, a poor defensive first inning cost his ace the ability to pitch the eighth, and that's when the game was decided.

Brian Dozier's home run leading off the eighth inning broke a tie, and Chris Gimenez added a solo shot in the ninth as the Minnesota Twins beat Cleveland 4-2 on Saturday at Progressive Field.


O's hold Rays to less than 5, win 8-3

(TSX / STATS) -- ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Baltimore manager Buck Showalter wanted to see his starting pitching step up and Dylan Bundy responded, pitching seven solid innings as the Orioles beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-3 on Saturday at Tropicana Field.

"It's an example of why we think so much of him makeup-wise. He gives up that three spot and just goes on about his business, doesn't implode and gets us deep into the game," Showalter said after Bundy gave up two home runs on back-to-back pitches to tie the score in the third inning.


McCullers, Astros cool off Mariners

(TSX / STATS) -- SEATTLE -- Lance McCullers Jr. is back.

And more importantly, his back is pain-free.


A's Olson, Brugman, Barreto hit 1st HRs

(TSX / STATS) -- CHICAGO -- Rookies on the Oakland Athletics enjoyed numerous career firsts on Saturday afternoon -- and then they celebrated with beer and baby powder showers.

Franklin Barreto, Matt Olson and Jaycob Brugman hit their first career home runs -- marking the first time three teammates in the American or National League have accomplished the feat in a game -- to lead the A's in a 10-2 rout of the Chicago White Sox on Saturday afternoon.


Bibens-Dirkx pitches Texas past Yankees

(TSX / STATS) -- NEW YORK -- Austin Bibens-Dirkx spent over a decade in the minor leagues and often needed an offseason job.

After the 2010 season as a Chicago Cubs minor leaguer, Bibens-Dirkx figured he might as well get work playing baseball in the offseason.


Padres rally, extend Tigers' slide to 8

(TSX / STATS) -- SAN DIEGO -- Ever since veteran Hector Sanchez went on the disabled list on May 7, the Padres were absent a power bat on the bench.

Just what the Padres had been missing became apparent Saturday night when Sanchez hit a go-ahead, two-run, pinch-hit homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to trigger the Padres' 7-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers at Petco Park.