Settling the Score: Friday’s results

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Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier were back in the Dodgers’ starting lineup last night, but it was Mark Ellis who played hero. Ellis, who recently returned after missing six weeks due to emergency surgery on his leg, delivered a go-ahead two-run homer off Clayton Richard in the bottom of the sixth inning as part of a 2-1 victory over the Padres.

Clayton Kershaw had a rough outing against the Diamondbacks before the All-Star break, but he bounced back last night by tossing six innings of one-run ball. The southpaw struck out six and walked one in the victory and now holds a 2.84 ERA and 125/35 K/BB ratio over 126 2/3 innings. Kenley Jansen danced around a two-out walk for his 16th save. The hard-throwing right-hander hasn’t allowed a run since June 13.

Kemp was 2-for-4 with a double and a single in his return the lineup while Ethier went 0-for-2 with a hit-by-pitch.

The Giants also won last night, so the Dodgers will open play this evening with a slim half-game lead in the National League West.

Your Friday box scores:

Diamondbacks 1, Cubs 8

Tigers 7, Orioles 2

Nationals 5, Marlins 1

Angels 5, Yankees 6

Cardinals 3, Reds 5

Indians 1, Blue Jays 0

Mets 5, Braves 7

Red Sox 3, Rays 1

Pirates 7, Brewers 10

Athletics 6, Twins 3

Phillies 2, Rockies 6

White Sox 9, Royals 8 (14 innings)

Rangers 3, Mariners 2

Astros 1, Giants 5

Colby Rasmus signs a minor league deal with the Orioles

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Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that Colby Rasmus has agreed to a minor league deal with the Baltimore Orioles.

Rasmus, 31, played only 37 games with the Rays last year. The reason: the previous offseason he underwent surgery to repair his left hip labrum and his core muscle, and the hip continued to bother him throughout spring training. He began the season on the disabled list and made his debut on May 2, hitting .281/.318/.579 in 129 plate appearances before going back on the DL June 23. He’d never return, “stepping away” from the game in the words of the club, which placed him on the restricted list for the remainder of the season.