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MIAMI -- Pitching with a big lead in the eighth inning, Clayton Kershaw bounced a curve in the dirt, then spun in disgust and kicked the mound as if he had just lost the game. Kershaw is unaccustomed even to one-pitch lapses, and he overcame the occasional difficulty he had Thursday, pitching eight innings to help the Los Angeles Dodgers win their third game in a row by beating the Miami Marlins 6-0. Kershaw (13-7) allowed five hits and lowered his ERA to 1.72, best in the majors. Miamis leadoff batter reached in five innings against the left-hander, but the Marlins hit into three double plays and went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position. By Kershaws standards, that made it a subpar effort. "I was terrible the first couple of innings. I didnt have command," he said. "It could have gone a lot differently. The game could have been out of hand pretty quick." Kershaw walked Christian Yelich to start the game, and the first two batters reached against him in the second inning. But the Marlins rank last in runs and hitting for a reason, and Kershaw is a Cy Young Award contender for a reason. "Ive seen him a lot better," Miami manager Mike Redmond said. "He lked like his command was not there with his fastball, but whenever we did get in a situation with a guy on, he executed his pitches and was able to keep us at bay." Former All-Star closer Brian Wilson made his first major-league appearance since undergoing Tommy John surgery and pitched the ninth for Los Angeles, allowing one hit and striking out two. The game was his first since April 2012. "It was long overdue, a very arduous process, but Im glad I went through it so I could appreciate baseball even more," Wilson said. "I felt comfortable. I felt like I hadnt skipped a beat." Wilson completed the Dodgers 17th shutout, most in the majors. Miami was shut out for the 15th time. The Dodgers (75-52) climbed 23 games above .500 for the first time since 2009. They went 5-2 on their two-city trip and have won 22 of their past 25 road games. "Weve got the perfect mix right now -- great starting pitching, timely hitting and a lockdown bullpen," Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis said. "It creates a lot of wins." They improved to 28-5 since the All-Star break and begin a series at home Friday against AL East leader Boston. Los Angeles Yasiel Puig hit a double that struck the centre-field wall above the 418-ft sign, scored a run and had a sacrifice fly. But he finished only 2 for 15 in the series, dropping his average to .346. Puig was hit by a pitch in the upper left arm in the ninth but stayed in the game. He became dehydrated during Wednesdays game, limped at times and received intravenous fluids afterward. Kershaw broke a scoreless tie when he hit a two-out single in the fourth to drive in the first of the Dodgers three runs in the inning. Hes tied for the major-league lead among pitchers with eight RBIs. That was the only run Los Angeles needed, thanks to his pitching. He struck out six, including Yelich three times. "Hes one of the best pitchers in the game for a reason," the rkie said. "I found out that today pretty quick." Henderson Alvarez (2-3) went five innings and allowed five runs, all of them scoring with two outs. Puig barely missed a home run leading off the fourth inning, when his drive struck a ft below the edge of the wall for a double. "Its almost not fair to hit a ball that far and it doesnt go out," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said with a smile. With two out Alvarez pitched around Juan Uribe, walking him to load the bases, but the tactic backfired when Kershaw hit an RBI single. Carl Crawford followed with a two-run double for a 3-0 lead. The Dodgers scored again in the fifth on back-to-back two-out doubles by Andre Ethier and Ellis, followed by Skip Schumakers RBI single. 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LILLE, France -- On the greatest night in its soccer history, Wales swept past the worlds No. 2-ranked team at the European Championship on Friday.Wales stormed back from a rough start to beat Belgium 3-1 in a pulsating quarterfinal won by classy goals from two unheralded forwards.As usual, Gareth Bale was excellent and, of course, all the talk will be of him and Portugals Cristiano Ronaldo before the two teams meet in a semifinal next week.The two most expensive players in soccer history. Real Madrid teammates. Stars on overachieving teams at Euro 2016.Still, unlike Portugal, Wales and Bale have been wonderful and a truly refreshing surprise in reaching a first semifinal at a major tournament.We are so excited to be here. We have never been at this level, said Wales coach Chris Coleman, who tk over a team ranked outside the top 100 four years ago. You dream about nights like this. Youre never sure if youre lucky enough to experience it and when youre involved, you cant describe it.After 25 minutes on Friday, the dream seemed far away against a fast-starting Belgium side that was playing almost a home game just 10 kilometers from its border.The ferocity of Belgiums opening goal in the 13th-minute, a rifled shot by midfielder Radja Nainggolan rising into the net from 25 meters, did not bode well.But Wales captain Ashley Williams hauled his team back into the fight in the 30th when he stped to head in a corner.Then, two forwards from second-tier clubs in England, Hal Robson-Kanu and Sam Vokes settled the game with goals in the 55th and 85th minutes. In Robson-Kanus career-best moment, he deceived three defenders with a `Cruyff turn.The big forward shaped as if to sht, then suddenly dragged the ball back and swiveled into clear space, freeing him to place a shot past Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.Its instincts, said Robson-Kanu, who is a free agent after letting his contract with English second-tier club Reading expire. That was the best option to create the space and fortunately I am then in on goal. Its a gd feeling.Vokes came on as a substitute to meet Chris Gunters cross with a glancing header and spark wild celebrations in the Welsh corner of a stadium packed with Belgium fans among the crowd of nearly 46,000 people.ddddddddddddIt was like playing in Brussels tonight, said Coleman, who also led his side to an upset win over Belgium in their qualifying group last year.As the stadium emptied, Wales players and fans paid tribute to Iceland by copying the celebration ritual of the other feel-gd story of an overachieving small nation at Euro 2016.Bale and his teammates raised their arms and clapped slowly, exchanging salutes with thousands of fans that built to a crescendo.By conceding Rainggolans spectacular strike, Wales failed to open the scoring for the first time in five games at Euro 2016.Belgium had its chances, and forward Romelu Lukaku missed badly from close range when his team made fast starts in each half.For the first 20, 25 minutes we dominated Wales, Belgium coach Marc Wilmots said. But then we dropped back and I cant explain why.Belgium had no fewer than four clear opportunities in a hectic seventh minute. Rapid-fire shots from Yannick Carrasco, Thomas Meunier and Eden Hazard were saved, blocked and deflected for a corner. When that was crossed in, Lukaku missed the ball from close range with the goal unguarded.Belgiums early fast breaks stretched the Wales defenders, who collected three yellow cards before momentum shifted in the 26th. After Aaron Ramsey got behind the Belgium back line, Courtois was forced into a diving save from Neil Taylors sharp shot.Sn after Williams scored, he exploited more pr marking to connect for another header that flew t high. A mostly untested Belgian defense, which did not concede a goal in its three previous games, suffered without the injured Jan Vertonghen and Thomas Vermaelen, who was suspended.Belgium is also missing its captain and first-choice central defender Vincent Kompany at the tournament.Suspensions will now take a toll on Wales. The tireless and influential Ramsey plus defender Ben Davies were shown yellow cards Friday and will miss the semifinal.That game against Ronaldos Portugal will be the biggest in Welsh history. Just like the challenge to overcome Belgium. ' ' '