Clayton Kershaw has had an amazing month, and that’s not just because he threw a no-hitter on June 18th against Colorado

The Los Angeles Dodgers right-hander went 6-0 in six starts in June with an 0.82 ERA. Kershaw (9-2, 2.04 season ERA) pitched 44 innings in beating the Rockies twice, the Chicago White Sox, Arizona, Kansas City and St. Louis. He allowed 26 hits, four runs and four walks while striking out 61 batters. The last three games that Kershaw pitched were all shutouts.

“He’s been the best pitcher in the world (lately),” Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp said.

On Sunday, Kershaw and the Dodgers beat St. Louis 6-0. Kershaw extended his scoreless streak to 28 innings.

“More importantly, we’ve just won every game,” Kershaw said. “We’re on a good run.”

Kershaw’s run makes him just the fourth pitcher in major league history to have a 6-0 record with at least 50 strikeouts and a sub-1.00 ERA in a single month, joining Justin Verlander, Randy Johnson and Hideo Nomo. His scoreless innings streak is the fifth-longest in franchise history.

As a result of Kershaw’s excellence on the mound, the Dodgers finally tied San Francisco for first-place in the NL West.

“When we were struggling early, I think everyone knew in the back of their minds that we could turn it around,” Kershaw said. “Coming back and tying up the Giants in a month is not something we expected, just like we didn’t expect to go 42-8 last year, but we have that ability.”

Kershaw fanned 13 Cardinals’ batters on Sunday, allowing five hits in seven innings. The Dodgers took three of four from St. Louis, which stayed 6 1/2 games behind Milwaukee in the NL Central.

Lincecum no-hits Padres again: The consistency and velocity may be lacking when Giants’ pitcher Tim Lincecum takes the mound, but every once in a while he can be as dominant in a game as he used to be.

Lincecum was dominant on Wednesday night when he threw a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres, the same team he no-hit last year. Lincecum struck out six and walked one as San Francisco beat the weak-hitting Padres 4-0.

It was just last July 13th that he no-hit the Padres for the first time.

“Today I tried to be a little bit more efficient and take what they were going to give me,” Lincecum said. “They were giving me a lot of ground balls and a lot of pop flies, so I was just going to keep attacking the way that I was.”

After walking Chase Headley in the second inning, Lincecum retired the final 23 batters that he faced. It was Lincecum’s second career no-hit game and the 16th in Giants’ franchise history. He joined Christy Mathewson as the only Giants pitchers to throw two no-hitters.

“It’s hard enough to do one,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “To do two, that puts you in a little different class.”

 

StatsWatch: Here are the leaders in stolen bases, through Sunday’s games -

  • Dee Gordon, Dodgers, 40 SB
  • Jose Altuve, Astros, 36
  • Billy Hamilton, Reds, 34
  • Ben Revere, Phillies, 23
  • Rajai Davis, Tigers, 21
  • Jacoby Ellsbury, Yankees, 21
  • Eric Young Jr., Mets, 21
  • Alcides Escobar, Royals, 20
  • Elvis Andrus, Rangers, 18
  • Starling Marte, Pirates, 18

Diamond Notes: Oakland placed outfielder Josh Reddick on the 15-day disabled list again on Sunday after he aggravated a knee injury. Reddick left Saturday’s game at Miami with a strained right knee. He was recently on the DL with a hyperextended right knee. Reddick is batting .229 with four home runs and 24 RBIs this season… Diamondbacks infielder Chris Owings landed on the DL with a left shoulder strain. He his hitting .277 with six homers and 21 RBIs… Two fans attending the A’s-Marlins game on Sunday in Miami were hit in the face by the same foul ball. Oakland’s Nick Punto hit a line drive that struck a woman sitting in the first row along the right-field line. The ball then hit a man who was sitting near the woman, who was taken to a hospital for evaluation. The man received treatment at the ballpark and was released. “It’s very unfortunate,” Punto said. “I hope she’s doing OK. I’ll be reaching out.”

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