Dodgers 5, Brewers 1: Clayton Kershaw throttled the streaking Brewers with eight scoreless innings and Rod Barajas homered Thursday, leading visiting Los Angeles to a win over Milwaukee.
The NL Central-leading Brewers came in winners of 19 of 21 and were looking to complete a 7-0 homestand.
But Kershaw (15-5) was tremendous, retiring 13 of his final 14 batters and never facing serious trouble after the third inning.
Barajas hit a solo homer in the second. Los Angeles built a 5-0 lead by scoring twice in the seventh and two more in the eighth, the first runs allowed by Milwaukee's bullpen in the last 10 games.
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Milwaukee is 6½ games ahead of idle St. Louis. The Brewers had won six in a row.
Kershaw scattered five hits and struck out six. He's fanned an NL-best 199 this year, and is on the cusp of joining Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale as Dodgers pitchers to most quickly reach 200 in a season.
Marco Estrada (3-8) pitched well in his second spot start for injured left-hander Chris Narveson. Estrada's only mistake in five innings came against Barajas, who homered for the 11th time this year and snapped an 0-for-13 skid.
Braves 1, Giants 0: Mike Minor (3-2) pitched six innings to outduel Tim Lincecum (11-10), and Chipper Jones homered for the only run for host Atlanta.
Minor allowed just four hits and one intentional walk while striking out a season-high nine. Only two runners got as far as second base.
Lincecum surrendered five hits in seven innings with seven Ks. But he made one big mistake, serving up a high fastball that Jones sent into the right-field seats for his 11th homer leading off the fifth.
"You know you're not going to hit too many homers off Lincecum," Jones said. "He made one mistake, and that's all we needed."
Lincecum was trying to go inside with the pitch, but it faded back over the plate.
"Chipper's a great hitter," the Giants starter said. "I gave up that one timely home run. That cost me."
Eric O'Flaherty, Jonny Venters and Craig Kimbrel closed out the five-hitter with one inning apiece. Kimbrel struck out two in a perfect ninth for his 37th save in 42 chances, breaking a tie with Todd Worrell for the most saves by an NL rookie since 1969.
Worrell had 36 saves for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1986. Kimbrel is closing in on the major-league mark for rookies, set just last season by Texas closer Neftali Feliz with 40.