|Shaw: 4-4, 2 HR, 5R|
Boston won their third straight, an 11-7 triumph over division-rival Tampa Bay on Saturday. A 16-hit onslaught was highlighted by third baseman Travis Shaw, a player to keep eyes upon as the season progresses.
|Kershaw: 9-6, 2.37 ERA|
Boston is still 12 games behind the division-leading Yankees, but, they have 10 games remaining with the New Yorkers, including a three-game series beginning Tuesday in the Bronx.
Boston will be seeking the series sweep when they host the Rays at 1:35 pm EDT on Sunday.
The Giants came within a hair's breadth of the first-place Dodgers this past week, but LA responded to the challenge with three straight wins, the most recent a 3-1 win, Saturday, over the visiting Angels.
Just short of brilliant, Clayton Kershaw was on the mound for the Dodgers, allowing two hits and no earned runs over a solid eight innings. Kershaw fanned seven and walked one. Kelley Jansen gave up a run in the ninth, but managed to hold the fort and pick up his 19th save.
Kershaw threw 115 pitches, improving to 9-6 on the year, while adding to his league-leading strikeout total. His 192 Ks is 20 better than Washington's Max Scherzer.
The Dodgers hold a 1 1/2 game lead over San Francisco in the NL West and can sweep the series from the Angels with a win on Sunday. Game time is 1:10 pm PDT.