Reuters/ Los Angeles
Zach McKinstry homered and drove in three runs and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the visiting Washington Nationals 3-0 on Sunday, sweeping the three-game series between the last two World Series champions.
In a match-up of three-time Cy Young Award winners, Clayton Kershaw (2-1) threw 86 pitches over six scoreless innings. He allowed five hits and struck out six without a walk.
Washington’s Max Scherzer (0-1) allowed one run on just three hits over six innings. He struck out five and walked one on 90 pitches. Kenley Jansen pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his second save.
The Dodgers took a 1-0 lead in the second. Max Muncy singled leading off and, with two outs, McKinstry doubled on a fly ball to deep center that Victor Robles lost in the sun, allowing Muncy to score.
Trea Turner led off the Washington sixth with a single on a dribbler that stopped on the third-base line. He went to second on a wild pitch, but Juan Soto struck out looking, Ryan Zimmerman grounded to short and Jordy Mercer struck out swinging.
In the seventh, Chris Taylor singled off Tanner Rainey with one out and McKinstry struck again, homering to right center on a 2-1 pitch to make it 3-0.
Andrew Stevenson and Robles hit singles to open the Washington eighth against Blake Treinen, but he struck out Turner and retired Soto and Zimmerman to end the threat. Turner had three hits for Washington, which has lost five straight – three by shutout – since winning their opener. Brad Hand pitched a scoreless eighth inning in his Nationals debut.
The Nationals were without Jon Lester, Josh Bell, Kyle Schwarber and Josh Harrison, who remain in quarantine. Manager Dave Martinez said they could be cleared by Monday and join the team for Washington’s next series, in St. Louis, though Lester would likely not be ready to pitch. Dodgers’ outfielder Mookie Betts (sore lower back) missed his fourth straight game.
Martinez, Devers power Red Sox past Orioles
J.D. Martinez hit three home runs, Rafael Devers added a pair and the visiting Boston Red Sox exacted revenge on the Baltimore Orioles, completing a three-game sweep of the American League East rival on Sunday afternoon with an overpowering 14-9 win.
After having been held to a total of five runs in three season-opening losses to the Orioles at Fenway Park last week, the Red Sox pounded Baltimore pitching for 27 runs in the rematch series, including a season-high 14 on Sunday. The Red Sox have won six in a row.
Martinez led the sweep-completing assault on Sunday, bombing Jorge Lopez (0-2), Mac Sceroler and Tyler Wells for solo shots in the third, sixth and eighth innings, respectively. The homers were Martinez’s third, fourth and fifth of the season.
Martinez also had an RBI single on the final pitch thrown by Lopez in the fifth. Lopez left having been charged with seven runs and eight hits in four-plus innings. He walked one and struck out four.
Martinez’s first homer came four pitches after Alex Verdugo opened the game’s scoring with a three-run shot, his first of the season, off Lopez in the third. Franchy Cordero and Enrique Hernandez were aboard.
Dodgers 3-0 Nationals
Red Sox 14-9 Orioles
Mariners 8-6 Twins
Pirates 7-1 Cubs
Indians 5-2 Tigers
Yankees 8-4 Rays
Royals 4-3 White Sox
Brewers 9-3 Cardinals
Padres 2-0 Rangers
D’backs 7-0 Reds
Giants 4-0 Rockies
Phillies 7-6 Braves
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