Clayton Kershaw pitched his first no-hitter Wednesday night, striking out a career-high 15 and allowing his only baserunner on a throwing error by shortstop Hanley Ramirez in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 8-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies.
Kershaw’s gem gave the Dodgers the only two no-hitters in the majors this season. Josh Beckett tossed one May 25 in Philadelphia.
“I am so amazed,” Kershaw said. “Beckett told me he was going to teach me how to do that, so I have Josh to thank.”
Cheered on by his wife in the stands, Kershaw (7-2) retired his first 18 batters before Corey Dickerson led off the seventh with a slow bouncer to Ramirez. His throw on the run went wide past first baseman Adrian Gonzalez for a two-base error — ending any chance for a perfect game.
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That was it for the Rockies against Kershaw, a two-time NL Cy Young Award winner.
With the crowd of 46,069 on its feet and roaring, the left-hander made quick work of the Rockies in the ninth.
DJ LeMahieu grounded out to first base on the first pitch of the inning and Charlie Culberson hit a lazy fly to right field on the next one.
Dickerson then got four straight strikes and went down swinging.
After his 107th and final pitch, a smiling Kershaw raised his arms above his head and waited for a huge hug from catcher A.J. Ellis.
• The San Diego Padres have scheduled a public tribute to Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn for June 26 at Petco Park. Gwynn died of cancer Monday. He was 54. The tribute will start at 7:19 p.m., symbolic because Gwynn made his Padres debut on July 19, 1982. Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler said speakers will include people important to his Padres and San Diego State careers.
• The game between the Los Angeles Angels and Cleveland Indians scheduled for Wednesday night was postponed because of rain. The game never got started. There was no immediate word on a makeup date.
• Indians left fielder Michael Brantley was found to have a concussion and will likely be out of the lineup until Saturday. The concussion was diagnosed when Brantley had tests Tuesday at the Cleveland Clinic. He was injured trying to break up a double play sliding into second base in the third inning Monday.
Brantley was removed from the game and passed an initial concussion test, but was sent to the hospital after experiencing discomfort during his pregame routine Tuesday.
The Indians are hoping they won’t have to put Brantley on the seven-day concussion list. Manager Terry Francona said Brantley participated in some activities Wednesday, and Saturday is a realistic day for the outfielder’s return.
Brantley is batting .323 and leads the team with 11 home runs and 46 RBI.
• NL home-run leader Giancarlo Stanton left the Miami Marlins’ game against the Chicago Cubs with a bruised left wrist but said he expects to be back in the lineup Thursday.
Stanton was hurt when he hit the fence in right field chasing Chris Coghlan’s double in the first inning Wednesday. Stanton hit his 20th homer in the bottom of the first but said the wrist bothered him more as the game progressed, and he left after six innings.
Stanton also leads the NL with 57 RBI, and he hasn’t missed a game this season.
• Red Sox pitcher Brandon Workman lost an appeal of his six-game suspension for throwing near the head of Tampa Bay’s Evan Longoria and he began serving it Wednesday. Workman was ejected from a May 30 game against the Rays for throwing up and behind third baseman Longoria. The right-hander appealed and it was upheld on Wednesday.
Earlier in that game, both teams were issued warnings by plate umpire Dan Bellino when Rays left-hander David Price hit David Ortiz near the right hip with the first pitch in the opening inning.
Workman made three starts after his appeal. He’s 1-0 with a 2.88 ERA in eight games.