Clayton Kershaw pitched just three innings in his return from the disabled list Saturday. But, the Dodgers still came away with a win.
Los Angeles topped the Mets 8-3 in the second game of the teams’ series at Citi Field. New York has now lost five straight games.
The Dodgers took a 1-0 lead on a solo home run from Max Muncy in the first inning.
Mad Max. ⚾️? #Dodgers pic.twitter.com/2KsrZIamsE
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 23, 2018
The Mets tied the score one frame later and swung the scoreboard in their favor on an RBI single by Wilmer Flores in the bottom of the third.
But Los Angeles retook the lead on a two-RBI double by Chris Taylor in the following inning and pulled away when Matt Kemp blasted a grand slam in the bottom of the eighth.
?? #VoteKemp pic.twitter.com/Y6bCsdLFvN
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) June 24, 2018
Kershaw, who was activated from the DL after missing a little more than three weeks with a lower back strain, allowed two runs and five hits in his three innings on the mound. Caleb Ferguson threw four innings of scoreless relief for Los Angeles.
The Dodgers moved to 40-35 with the win while the Mets fell to 31-43.
Studs of the night
Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford was 3 for 3 with three RBIs and a walk against the Padres.
Crawford comes through again! pic.twitter.com/8zStazeXcz
— SF Giants on NBCS (@NBCSGiants) June 23, 2018
Rays starter Wilmer Font threw 5 2/3 shutout innings and limited the Yankees to three hits in his team’s 4-0 win.
Duds of the night
Tigers catcher James McCann went 0 for 4 and struck out three times in his team’s 4-1 loss to the Indians. He also dropped the ball during a play at the plate, costing Detroit an easy out and a run.
Just watch it.#RallyTogether pic.twitter.com/bm4DWusDon
— Cleveland Indians (@Indians) June 23, 2018
Reliever Brian Duensing allowed five runs in 1 1/3 innings pitched in the Cubs’ 11-2 loss to the Reds.
Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani sent a pitch over the left field fence for a grand slam in the third inning against the Cubs. It was the first home run of DeSclafani’s career.
ANTHONY! DESCLAFANI! GRAND! SLAM!
STREAM: https://t.co/82cdZZa9gr pic.twitter.com/tNPD3aXVxp
— FOX Sports Ohio (@FOXSportsOH) June 23, 2018
Phillies (41-33) vs. Nationals (40-35) 8 p.m. ET — The Phillies will look to pick up a sweep of the Nationals in their series finale Sunday. Philadelphia registered a blowout 12-2 victory in the opener and followed with a two-run win Saturday. Nick Pivetta (4-6, 4.08 ERA) is set to start for Philadelphia while Jefry Rodriguez (0-0, 4.66) will take the mound for the Nationals. The Phillies have won six of their last seven games. The teams will meet again Thursday when they start a four-game series in Philadelphia.