MLB In Full Bloom - Kershaw Wins 11th Straight Decision - 8/11/2014

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Clayton Kershaw pitched eight innings of one-run ball to earn his 14th win of the year, and the Dodgers topped the Brewers 5-1 on Sunday. The two-time Cy Young Award winner raised his career-high win streak to 11, upped his bid for a second Gold Glove Award with a ridiculous diving catch to start a double play, singled home a run and scored another as the Dodgers avoided a series sweep with a 5-1 win over the Brewers on Sunday at Miller Park. Kershaw gave up a run in the first inning, just his fourth first-inning run allowed this year, but he bounced back to hold the Brewers scoreless over the next seven innings. He gave up six hits and two walks, striking out six in the outing. He moved to 14-2 with a 1.78 ERA with the win, and he'll get a shot at repeating the feat when he takes on the Brewers again on Friday.

MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • Alex Wood delivered an outstanding performance in Sunday night's victory over the Nationals as the Braves won 3-1. Wood matched his career-high with 12 strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings. Wood surrendered just one run on five hits and three walks last night. The only damage came on a solo homer from Ian Desmond in the fourth inning. Wood owns a 3.08 ERA over 117 innings on the season. He'll look to carry over this dominant effort when he faces the Athletics on Friday.
  • Austin Jackson drove in all four of the Mariners' runs on Sunday in a 4-2 win over the White Sox. Jackson went 3-for-4 with four RBI and is now 10-for-36 (.278) atop the Mariners lineup. Jackson delivered a three-run double in the second inning and added an RBI single in the seventh. He'd driven in just one run in his first eight games as a member of the Mariners.
  • Anthony Rizzo hit a walk-off single in the 12th inning to give the Cubs a 3-2 win over the Rays on Sunday. Rizzo hit a single off left-hander Cesar Ramos to give the Cubs the victory. He finished 2-for-6, and is hitting .280 in a breakout season for him.
  • Phil Hughes limited the A's to one run over seven innings as the Twins earned a 6-1 victory on Sunday in Oakland. Hughes gave up just four hits and a walk, striking out seven on the afternoon. Hughes has now won two straight decisions after a three-game losing streak and he improved to 12-8 with a 3.88 ERA in 150 2/3 innings this season. Hughes will try to keep going Saturday against the Royals.
  • Devin Mesoraco homered twice and had six RBI in the Reds' win over the Marlins on Sunday. The second homer was a grand slam off Brad Hand that put the game out of hand. The other home run was a two-run shot in the first inning. Mesoraco now has three grand slams during his breakout season and 20 home runs overall with 61 RBI over 79 games.
  • Rymer Liriano will be recalled today from Triple-A El Paso by the San Diego Padres. Liriano┬áhas torn the cover off the ball in 15 games since being promoted to El Paso, hitting .467 with 13 RBI and three stolen bases. With his combination of power and speed, he's immediately worth a look in all mixed leagues.
  • Tyler Skaggs will undergo Tommy John surgery on Wednesday. Unlike Matt Harvey and several other pitchers who have suffered late-season UCL tears and required Tommy John surgery, Skaggs has already closed the door on pitching next year.
  • The Kansas City Royals season has resembled a roller coaster this year. On Sunday, it was Alex Gordon Bobblehead Day at Kauffman Stadium on Sunday and so, naturally, the man himself belted a two-run homer to help the Royals to a 7-4 victory over the San Francisco Giants. The Royals have won seven straight games the 15th win in the last 18 games for the Royals. Meanwhile, the Detroit Tigers lost a 19-inning marathon in Toronto and the Royals trail the Tigers by just a 1/2 game. One week ago, the Royals trailed the Tigers by 4.5 games.