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Kershaw shaky, Dodgers beat Mets again

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NEW YORK (AP) Clayton Kershaw and Jacob deGrom stumbled in an unexpected ace showdown, Matt Kemp hit a pinch grand slam and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the slumping New York Mets 8-3 Saturday night.

The Dodgers have won 11 straight against the Mets dating to May 2016, matching their best run in the rivalry. Los Angeles beat New York 11 straight times across 1963 and '64.

Kershaw gave up two runs over three innings in a surprise return from the disabled list. He threw 55 pitches, starting out strong before laboring through his final inning. Left-handed rookie Caleb Ferguson (1-1) replaced him and escaped a couple tight situations over four scoreless innings for his first major league win.

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Reds P DeSclafani hits slam, beats Cubs

CINCINNATI (AP) The last-place Cincinnati Reds slammed the Chicago Cubs - again.

Anthony DeSclafani hit the first grand slam by a Cincinnati pitcher in 59 years, helping the Reds beat the Chicago Cubs 11-2 on Saturday for their sixth consecutive victory.

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Bauer Ks 11 as Indians push run to 6

CLEVELAND (AP) Trevor Bauer is piling up the strikeouts. And, the Cleveland Indians are piling up the wins.

Bauer (7-5) struck out 11 over 6 1/3 innings to beat Detroit for the fourth time this season, leading Cleveland past the Tigers 4-1 on Saturday night for their sixth straight win overall.

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Rangers top Twins for 7th straight win

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Adrian Beltre has helped the Texas Rangers win a lot of games over the years. On Saturday, he found a surprising way to spark his team to its seventh straight victory.

Beltre and Robinson Chirinos homered to help Yovani Gallardo win for the first time since last July as the Texas Rangers beat the Minnesota Twins 9-6 on Saturday.

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Molina's 2 HRs help Cards edge Brewers

MILWAUKEE (AP) Yadier Molina's defense and longevity might earn him a ticket to the Hall of Fame. Suddenly the veteran St. Louis Cardinals catcher is on a home-run tear.

He homered twice to back a strong start by Miles Mikolas and lift the St. Louis Cardinals to a 3-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday.

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Franco 4 for 4 as Phillies defeat Nats

WASHINGTON (AP) Nicked in the first inning, Aaron Nola figured he'd be fine if could find his form.

He did, and the Philadelphia Phillies took advantage.

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Greinke blanks Bucs for 6, D-backs win

PITTSBURGH (AP) Arizona manager Torey Lovullo had quite the dilemma when the game was stopped by rain for the second time in the middle of the fourth inning.

When the showers subsided, Lovullo gave the ball back to Zack Greinke, and the ace right-hander delivered.

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Crawford's 3 extra-base hits lift Giants

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Two days after returning from the paternity list, Brandon Crawford's sleep pattern is slowly getting back to normal. His swing is looking smooth, too.

Crawford doubled twice, tripled and drove in three runs, leading the San Francisco Giants over the San Diego Padres 5-3 on Saturday.

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Rays' Font stifles Yankees for first win

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Wilmer Font became the latest pitcher to slow down the New York Yankees.

Font worked into the sixth inning to get his first major league win, Willy Adames homered and the Tampa Bay Rays blanked the Yankees 4-0 Saturday.

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