Dockal scores twice as Union beat Whitecaps, snap skid

CHESTER, Pa. — Borek Dockal scored twice, Ilson Pereira had a goal and an assist and the Philadelphia Union beat the Whitecaps 4-0 on Saturday to snap Vancouver’s six-game unbeaten streak.

Philadelphia had nearly 60-per cent possession and outshot the Whitecaps 25-2, including 11-0 on target, en route to ending a two-game losing skid.

Dockal opened the scoring in the 24th minute, side-netting a left-footer from the centre of the box, and doubled the advantage in the 71st. Alejandro Bedoya tapped it to Dockal at the top of the box where he won Brek Shea’s challenge and then cut back to evade another defender before blasting a rising shot past a diving Brian Rowe to make it 2-0.

Ilsinho and Fabrice Jean-Picault scored on penalty kicks for the Union (6-7-3) to cap the scoring.

Dockal said it felt as though the Union dominated most of the match.

“Usually, we make it difficult in the second half with a stupid goal we concede,” he said. “This time, we had full control of the full game. I think the first half was one of the best halves we’ve played so far this season.”

In addition to his two-goal performance, Philadelphia head coach Jim Curtin said Dockal’s week is about to get even better as the midfielder is expecting a child.

“Two goals and a baby is a pretty good week,” said Curtin.

Whitecaps head coach Carl Robinson said his team appeared “off” from the outset and got the final result it deserved as it lost for the first time since May 1.

“We were leggy, looked tired and we were not sharp. We did not play our football in the right areas,” he said.

“We did not look like we were fit enough. I know that is a little bit harsh, but we looked like we were tired.”

Jose Aja was shown a red card in the 72nd minute, and Yordy Reyna in stoppage time for the Whitecaps (6-6-5).

Rowe called the Whitecaps’ defeat “embarrassing.”

“It is something that we drive all the way out here and we cannot put that on the field,” he said.

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Bauer strikes out 11 as Indians defeat Tigers

CLEVELAND — Trevor Bauer struck out 11 over 6 1/3 innings to beat Detroit for the fourth time this season, leading the Cleveland Indians past the Tigers 4-1 on Saturday night for their sixth straight win overall.

Bauer (7-5) allowed a run in the second inning on a wild pitch and was pulled after Dixon Machado’s one-out single in the seventh. The right-hander recorded his seventh double-figure strikeout game of the season, including five of his last six starts. He’s 4-0 with a 1.23 ERA in four starts against the Tigers.

Francisco Lindor hit a leadoff homer in the fifth, and Jose Ramirez — who reached base in his 30th consecutive game — and Edwin Encarnacion had RBI singles in a three-run first.

Cody Allen struck out two in a perfect ninth for his 16th save in 17 opportunities.

Francisco Liriano (3-3), making his first start in a month, allowed three runs — two earned — in four innings. The left-hander, who strained his right hamstring against the White Sox on May 26, threw 40 pitches in the first.

Detroit lost its fourth straight and committed three errors. Catcher James McCann dropped a throw from centre field that allowed a run to score in the first.

Bauer struck out the game’s first two hitters, but a walk, single and a hit by pitch loaded the bases. McCann struck out, ending the 28-pitch inning. Bauer allowed five hits, walked two, hit two batters and threw 112 pitches.

Cleveland’s first consisted of four hits, two walks, two wild pitches and McCann’s error. Ramirez singled in the first to score Lindor. Encarnacion followed with another single for a 2-0 lead.

Following a wild pitch, Brandon Guyer singled to centre. Encarnacion would have been out by 10 feet, but scored on a slide when McCann couldn’t hang on to Leyonis Martin’s throw.

Liriano made his first start since straining his right hamstring against the Chicago White Sox on May 26.

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Kershaw dazzles, then struggles in 3-inning return from DL

NEW YORK — Clayton Kershaw was shaky in an abbreviated return to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night.

Kershaw came off the disabled list and allowed two runs in three innings against the New York Mets. He threw 55 pitches, starting out strong before labouring through his final inning.

The lefty ace was scheduled to make a rehab start with Triple-A Oklahoma City at Omaha, but Los Angeles decided Friday to have him pitch in New York because of precarious weather in Nebraska. Kershaw had been sidelined since June 1 with a lower back strain.

Kershaw was electric in the first inning. He froze leadoff man Brandon Nimmo on a curveball for a three-pitch strikeout, got Todd Frazier looking for a five-pitch K and induced a weak grounder to the mound from Asdrubal Cabrera.

The three-time Cy Young Award winner wasn’t as sharp after that. Michael Conforto and Jose Bautista lined consecutive doubles off him in the second inning to tie it at 1, and Kershaw threw 25 pitches in the third inning, including an RBI single by Wilmer Flores to put New York ahead 2-1.

Kershaw struck out four, walked one and allowed five hits before Chris Taylor pinch hit for him in the fourth. Kershaw was expected to be limited to 60 pitches or four innings on his rehab outing.

Taylor lined a two-run double off Mets ace Jacob deGrom for a 3-2 lead. Rookie lefty Caleb Ferguson came on to pitch the bottom of the fourth — he was Saturday’s scheduled starter before LA cancelled Kershaw’s rehab outing.

Kershaw pleaded with Roberts to throw in the majors instead of Triple-A and won out because of projected rain in Omaha. The weather held off in Nebraska, though, and Oklahoma City started on time Saturday night. Roberts laughed before the game when a reporter suggested he’d been duped.

Taylor was held out of the Dodgers’ lineup for the second straight day with a tight left hamstring but was available to hit. He may be ready for more Sunday, though he’ll likely be held out of the lineup then, too. He was pinch run for by Ross Stripling after his go-ahead double.

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