THURSDAY'S HIGHLIGHTS

Dodgers 6, Marlins 0: Clayton Kershaw pitched eight effective innings, and former Giant Brian Wilson returned to the majors to complete Los Angeles' major-league leading 17th shutout. Kershaw (13-7) allowed five hits, struck out six and lowered his ERA to a major league-best 1.72. He also broke a scoreless tie with a two-out, three-run single in the fourth.

Reds 2, Diamondbacks 1: Shin-Soo Choo scored in the eighth on Arizona's fourth wild pitch of the game, and Cincinnati increased its lead over Arizona to seven games in the race for the N.L.'s second wild-card playoff spot.

Yankees 5, Blue Jays 3: Andy Pettitte pitched six effective innings, and New York moved within 3½ games of the second A.L. wild-card spot. With his 254th victory, the 41-year-old lefty tied Jack Morris and Hall of Famer Red Faber for 42nd place on the career list.

Twins 7, Tigers 6: Chris Herrmann's second RBI double of the game broke an eighth-inning tie after Detroit had rallied from a 6-2 deficit. The Twins tagged Justin Verlander for six runs in seven innings.

Phillies 5, Rockies 4: Domonic Brown hit a game-ending RBI single, and Philadelphia improved to 4-3 under Ryne Sandberg.


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Mets: New York signed Japanese right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka to a one-year contract and plan to start him Friday against the Detroit Tigers. Matsuzaka, 32, was released by Cleveland on Tuesday at his request after spending the entire season at Triple-A Columbus.

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