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 MIAMI (AP) - Clayton Kershaw allowed five hits in eight innings to lower his ERA to a major league-best 1.72, and the Los Angeles Dodgers won their third game in a row by beating the Miami Marlins 6-0.
Kershaw (13-7) struck out six and walked three. The Marlins hit into three double plays and went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position.
Former All-Star closer Brian Wilson made his first major-league appearance since undergoing Tommy John surgery and pitched the ninth, allowed one hit and struck out two. It was his first game since April 2012.
Wilson completed the Dodgers' 17th shutout, most in the majors. Miami was shut out for the 15th time.
The Dodgers (75-52) climbed 23 games above .500 for the first time since 2009. They have won 22 of their past 25 road games. Los Angeles improved to 28-5 since the All-Star break.
The Dodgers' Yasiel Puig hit a double that struck the center-field wall above the 418-foot sign, scored a run and had a sacrifice fly. He finished only 2 for 15 in the series, dropping his average to .346.
Kershaw broke a scoreless tie when he hit a two-out single in the fourth to drive in the first of the Dodgers' three runs in the inning. He is tied for the major-league lead among pitchers with eight RBIs.
Henderson Alvarez (2-3) went five innings and allowed five runs, all scoring with two outs.
REDS 2, DIAMONDBACKS 1
CINCINNATI (AP) - Shin-Soo Choo scored in the eighth inning on Arizona's fourth wild pitch of the game, and Cincinnati raced to an improbable win.
Choo scored both Cincinnati runs, helping the Reds to their third win in the four-game series. Cincinnati (73-55) improved to a season-high 18 games over .500 and increased its lead over Arizona to seven games in the race for the National League's second wild-card playoff spot.
Choo singled to lead off the eighth against reliever Eury De La Rosa (0-1) and moved to second when De La Rosa's pickoff attempt rolled away from first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. Todd Frazier sacrificed Choo to third, and Choo scored when ball four to Joey Votto was a wild pitch.
Mat Latos (13-4) went eight innings for the win. Sam LeCure gave up two hits in the ninth, but earned his first career save.
Arizona starter Trevor Cahill, in his second start since coming off the disabled list, allowed four hits and one run. He walked three, struck out seven and threw three wild pitches - all in the third inning. Cahill has a major league-high 14 wild pitches this season.
NATIONALS 5, CUBS 4, 13 innings
CHICAGO (AP) - Denard Span scored the go-ahead run on pinch-hitter Chad Tracy's grounder in the 13th inning, and Washington beat the Chicago Cubs after Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg blew a three-run lead in the ninth.
Span doubled leading off the 13th against Michael Bowden (1-3). He moved up on a sacrifice bunt by Steve Lombardozzi and came around on Tracy's roller to the first-base side of the mound.
That made a winner of Craig Stammen (7-5), who worked two innings.
Drew Storen earned his third save in eight chances. Storen deflected Dioner Navarro's liner toward Lombardozzi to start a game-ending double play after Anthony Rizzo reached on a throwing error by the second baseman with one out.
After a two-hour rain delay at the start, Strasburg was one out away from a complete game with a 4-1 lead before Chicago rallied to tie it in the ninth. Junior Lake had an RBI single, and Donnie Murphy hit a two-run homer to make it 4-4.
Ryan Zimmerman and Steve Lombardozzi homered, and Strasburg added two hits, including an RBI single, as Washington built a 4-0 lead. Strasburg gave up seven hits, struck out eight and walked two.
 

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