Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Clayton Kershaw pitched 8 2/3 shutout
innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers blanked the Washington Nationals, 2-0, in
the second tilt of a three-game series.
Kershaw (4-2) had 11 strikeouts and allowed just five hits and a walk in his
outing. The 25-year-old lefty has been effective as of late, going 2-0 while
giving up just three runs -- two earned -- over 30 2/3 innings in his last
four starts. However, in that same span, the Dodgers have scored just seven
Kenley Jansen got the final out to notch his second save.
Andre Ethier drove in two runs for Los Angeles, which recorded just four hits,
but it was all the offense needed.
Ryan Zimmerman was 3-for-4, but the Nationals were 0-for-4 with runners in
scoring position and left six men on base. Starter Dan Haren (4-4) surrendered
two runs on four hits over seven frames.
Kershaw was plunked to start the third and Matt Kemp singled two batters
later. Both of them advanced when Haren threw a wild pitch. After Adrian
Gonzalez struck out, Ethier hit a liner to center, bringing both of them home.
Kershaw got two quick outs in the ninth, as Zimmerman and Ian Desmond both
flied out. However, Adam LaRoche singled in a 10-pitch at-bat, and after
throwing 132 pitches, Kershaw was replaced by Jansen. LaRoche advanced to
second on a fielder's indifference, but Tyler Moore struck out to end the
LaRoche has an 11-game hitting streak, which matches his career-long ...
Zimmerman is now 7-for-13 against Kershaw ... Kemp extended his hitting streak
to 13 games while Gonzalez was 0-for-3 and snapped his streak at 10.
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