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Kershaw helps Dodgers end 11-game skid, clinch playoff spot

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Clayton Kershaw pitched Los Angeles to its first win in nearly two weeks, helping the Dodgers clinch a playoff berth by beating the San Francisco Giants 5-3 on Tuesday night to snap an 11-game losing streak that was the club's worst since moving to the West Coast.

Kershaw (17-3) tied Milwaukee's Zach Davies for the major league in wins.

Kenley Jansen got four outs for his 37th save but allowed three straight singles with one out in the ninth to face a bases-loaded jam. He struck out Buster Posey and Nick Hundley to end it. Los Angeles catcher Yasmani Grandal pumped his right fist and Jansen pounded his chest as the Dodgers hustled out of their dugout.

Justin Turner hit a key RBI double in the eighth and Chase Utley homered leading off the fourth, splashing into the water of McCovey Cove beyond the right-field wall for the first time in his career — the 41st ever by an opposing hitter.

In other games:

— The Cleveland Indians share a record with a team celebrated by Hollywood. "Moneyball" has its sequel. Following a familiar script of scoring first, playing strong defense and riding dominant pitching, the Indians extended their winning streak to 20 games and matched the AL mark held by the 2002 Oakland Athletics, beating the Detroit Tigers 2-0 on Tuesday night. Cleveland's streak, which began on Aug. 24 in Boston, is tied for the majors' second-longest in 82 years — and the Indians show no signs of stopping. Corey Kluber (16-4) strengthened his Cy Young Award case with a four-hitter as Cleveland joined the 2002 A's, 1935 Chicago Cubs (21) and 1916 New York Giants (26) as the only teams to win at least 20 in a row.

—Adeiny Hechavarria hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning off Sonny Gray and the Tampa Bay Rays, playing as the home team in a series relocated to Citi Field because of Hurricane Irma, beat the New York Yankees 2-1. Tampa Bay has split the first two games of the set held at the home of the New York Mets.

—Richard Urena singled home the winning run in the ninth inning and the Toronto Blue Jays rallied to beat Baltimore 3-2, handing the slumping Orioles their sixth straight loss. Facing Orioles closer Zach Britton (2-1), who had recorded the final out of the eighth Kevin Pillar drew a leadoff walk in the ninth and went to third on Teoscar Hernandez's single. One out later, Pillar scored when Luke Maile singled off the glove of third baseman Manny Machado.

—Freddie Freeman hit a three-run home run off Gio Gonzalez and Julio Teheran threw seven shutout innings as the Atlanta Braves cruised to an 8-0 victory over the Washington Nationals, who were fresh off clinching the NL East. Gonzalez (14-7) allowed five earned runs on seven hits in five innings and struck out eight. The left-hander did guarantee his $12 million option for next season with his first out of the game as he reached 180 innings this season.

—Kris Bryant hit a three-run homer, Jose Quintana pitched seven effective innings and the Chicago Cubs beat the New York Mets 8-3 for a sorely needed victory. Quintana (10-11) also helped himself at the plate with a pair of sacrifices, including a perfectly placed safety squeeze that drove in Kyle Schwarber in the fourth. Quintana got another bunt down in the sixth, sending Javier Baez to third ahead of Ben Zobrist's RBI single.

—Nick Williams hit a walk-off, two-out double in the bottom of the 15th inning, scoring Aaron Altherr as Philadelphia came from behind to defeat the Miami Marlins 9-8. Innings-wise, it was the longest game of the season for the Phillies and second-longest for the Marlins. Williams had three hits and reached base five times in the marathon game. He has 47 RBIs since being called up the week before the All-Star break.

— Mookie Betts hit two home runs and a two-run triple, and the Boston Red Sox rolled past the Oakland Athletics 11-1. The Red Sox, winners of five of their last six, pushed their American League East lead back to four games over the Yankees following New York's loss to 2-1 loss to Tampa Bay. Betts went 3 for 5 with six RBIs. He's driven in three runs or more in a team-high 11 games.

—Ben Gamel and Kyle Seager both hit three-run homers and the Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 10-3 in a matchup of wild card hopefuls. Texas (72-72) and Seattle (72-73) have split the first two games of their four-game series. The Rangers dropped three games behind Minnesota for the American League's second wild card, while the Mariners remained 3 1/2 back after the Twins also won.

—Paul DeJong homered, Yadier Molina drove in three runs and the streaking St. Louis Cardinals outslugged the Cincinnati Reds 13-4 The Cardinals have won four straight and six of their last seven to stay two games behind the first-place Chicago Cubs in the NL Central.

—Eric Thames hit his 29th home run, Domingo Santana went 3 for 4 with two RBIs and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2. The Brewers kept pace with the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs who defeated the New York Mets.

— Jason Castro homered twice, Brian Dozier was a double from the cycle and the Minnesota Twins pounded the San Diego Padres 16-0.

— Brandon Moss hit a grand slam in the first inning for his third consecutive game with a homer, powering the Kansas City Royals to a 4-3 victory over the Chicago White Sox.

— Justin Verlander pitched eight innings of one-hit ball in a stellar second start for Houston, and the Astros snapped their four-game skid with a 1-0 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.

— Carlos Gonzalez, heating up for the stretch run after a subpar season at the plate, homered twice and the Colorado Rockies won their sixth game in a row, beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 to tighten the race for the National League's top wild card. The Rockies, who won their eighth straight road game, pull within three games of Arizona for the first NL wild card.

WEDNESDAY'S GAMES (All Times EDT)
AMERICAN LEAGUE
Detroit (Farmer 4-2) at Cleveland (Clevinger 9-5), 12:10 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees (Garcia 5-9) vs. Tampa Bay (Archer 9-9) at Citi Field, 1:10 p.m.
Chicago White Sox (Giolito 2-2) at Kansas City (Kennedy 4-11), 2:15 p.m.
Baltimore (Bundy 13-9) at Toronto (Stroman 11-7), 7:07 p.m.
Oakland (Cotton 7-10) at Boston (Fister 5-7), 7:10 p.m.
Seattle (Leake 9-12) at Texas (Perez 12-10), 8:05 p.m.
Houston (McCullers 7-3) at L.A. Angels (Skaggs 1-5), 10:07 p.m.
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Atlanta (Teheran 10-11) at Washington (Roark 12-9), 7:05 p.m.
Miami (Straily 9-8) at Philadelphia (Nola 10-10), 7:05 p.m.
N.Y. Mets (Lugo 6-4) at Chicago Cubs (Lester 10-7), 8:05 p.m.
Pittsburgh (Williams 6-8) at Milwaukee (Garza 6-9), 8:10 p.m.
Cincinnati (Mahle 0-2) at St. Louis (Weaver 5-1), 8:15 p.m.
Colorado (Marquez 10-6) at Arizona (Corbin 13-12), 9:40 p.m.
L.A. Dodgers (Darvish 8-12) at San Francisco (Cueto 7-7), 10:15 p.m.
INTERLEAGUE
San Diego (Lamet 7-7) at Minnesota (Santana 15-7), 8:10 p.m.

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