Starter Max Scherzer pitched seven blank innings on Saturday in another dominant performance by the Los Angeles Dodgers, stars in the NL West, who beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-1.
The Dodgers started the day 2.0 games behind the San Francisco Giants, division leaders.
While for the Reds went 1.0 game behind the St. Louis Cardinals for second place for the NL wild card. Cincinnati will try Sunday to avoid losing its eighth straight series.
Scherzer (15-4) improved to 7-0 in nine starts since being traded from the Washington Nationals to the Dodgers. July 30th.
This time he allowed just two hits, struck out seven and lowered his major league best ERA to 2.08. In the attack the ranger Gavin Lux drove in two runs for Los Angeles.
The Reds lost to starter Sonny Gray (7-8) in seven innings.