Johan Camargo batting eighth for Braves on Sunday

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Then, Garcia made his start. Left-hander Hector Santiago is on the disabled list due to a back ailment, and right-hander Phil Hughes probably will miss the remainder of the season due to recurring symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome. He went 6 innings, walking 5 but striking out 9! All told, he flummoxed opponents, recording a 16.1 strikeout-to-walk ratio before hitting the shelf. Despite him leaving early, the Nationals still managed a 6-2 win over Arizona, with Joe Blanton being credited with the win. Heading into Friday's slate of games, the NL West leaders are 55-41 against the runline, good for a 57 percent cover rate.

The earliest diagnosis of his injury was right lower back tightness. The Dodgers will eventually lose again, but maybe not ever with Kershaw on the mound. He threw fewer pitches in seven innings than Wood threw in 42/3. Freeman was back in the lineup after leaving Thursday's game with an illness. "He had good stuff, was on the attack". In his first 12 starts this season, he failed to complete five innings.

It's close right now, but Kershaw still is the best pitcher in the world.

Garcia would become the second member of the Braves' first-half rotation to land with the Twins, joining 44-year-old Bartolo Colon, who cleared waivers and signed a minor-league deal with the Twins on July 7.

Kershaw does get almost a whole run more of support which helps his win total, but the record is what it is. Adrian Beltre tripled and singled, moving within 11 of 3,000 hits. The unusual thing would be strolling into L.A. and taking 3 out of 4.

Kershaw struck out two batters, walked one and didn't allow a hit or run over 21 pitchers before exiting. It was his 16th home run of the season, third-most on the Dodgers behind Cody Bellinger (26 home runs) and Puig (18). "It's the mindset you got to have if you want to play well".

Giving Kluber the run support he needed were Indians outfielders Brandon Guyer and Michael Brantley, who each drove in three runs in the victory over the Blue Jays.

"It sucks losing Kersh, I'm telling you", Jansen said. That gave Forsythe the opportunity, and he delivered.

Garcia has a 4.33 ERA this year, and a 3.65 career ERA. After an intentional walk to Robinson Cano, Cruz lined a single to left field to score the winning run. Mychal Givens (7-0) worked the eighth for the Orioles. As Burdi had Tommy John surgery in May, one has to wonder what, exactly, the Braves saw that they did not expect. Luis Garcia pitched a perfect ninth for his first save this seaso. The blast, Seager's 16th of the season, was measured at 433 feet.

Kershaw said he felt something different on his final warmup pitch in the second inning. In his 2 hit-less innings, he walked just 1 and struck out a pair.

Kershaw uncharacteristically bounced a curveball in the dirt and was visited by a trainer and Roberts during the second inning with Tyler Flowers at bat.