Cubs keep winning, Kershaw holds Blue Jays


The red-hot Chicago Cubs extended their MLB winning streak as Clayton Kershaw led the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Cubs made it six straight wins and improved to 23-6 thanks to an 8-5 victory over the Washington Nationals, with Addison Russell hitting a tie-breaking two-run double in the seventh inning.

Kershaw was impressive in limiting the Toronto Blue Jays, seeing the Dodgers to a 6-2 win.

Chris Sale improved to 7-0 this season, guiding the Chicago White Sox past the struggling Minnesota Twins 7-2.

A three-run eighth saw the Philadelphia Phillies rally to a 4-3 win over the Miami Marlins and the Kansas City Royals shut out the Cleveland Indians 7-0.

The New York Yankees eased past the Boston Red Sox 8-2, the Detroit Tigers were beaten 10-5 by the Texas Rangers and the St Louis Cardinals walked off 6-4 against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Aaron Hill blasted three homers, including a grand slam in the 10th, as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cincinnati Reds 13-7.

The Seattle Mariners edged the Houston Astros 3-2, Bartolo Colon homered in the New York Mets' 6-3 win over the San Diego Padres and the Los Angeles Angels were downed 4-2 by the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Oakland Athletics and Baltimore Orioles split their doubleheader, the former winning 8-4 before losing 5-2, the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Atlanta Braves 4-2 and the San Francisco Giants needed 13 innings to overcome the Colorado Rockies 2-1.


Kershaw struck out 10 without a walk over seven innings against the Blue Jays. It was Kershaw's fourth straight start with 10 or more strikeouts with one or zero base on balls. He is just the second pitcher in baseball's modern era (since 1900) with such a line over four starts.


Colon's first career home run was a no-doubter down the left field line at San Diego's Petco Park. The 42-year-old Mets pitcher also struck out five over 6.2 innings in the 6-3 win. 


Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter has hit 57 home runs during his six-year MLB career. Until Saturday, none of them had been a walk-off shot. Carpenter's first career walk-off homer was a two-run blast to right-centre field.


Chris Tillman (3-1, 2.81 ERA) gets the start for the Orioles and the A's will counter with righty Kendall Graveman (1-3, 4.40). Tillman was Baltimore's opening-day starter and has struck out at least nine in each of his last two starts. 

A Red Sox-Yankees matchup, especially at Yankee Stadium, is almost always must-watch. After the Red Sox swept the Yankees at Fenway Park earlier this season, the Yankees will look to return the favour by bringing out the brooms on Sunday. Steven Wright (2-3, 1.67) will be on the bump for the Sox while the Yankees will send Luis Severino (0-4, 6.31) to the hill.