Not much has gone right for the Los Angeles Dodgers on their current road trip. They’ve lost five consecutive games, were on the wrong end of a no-hitter, and were unable to get wins in a game started by Zack Greinke and two Clayton Kershaw starts.
As a result Los Angeles is mired in a five-game losing streak with Monday’s off day coming in Cincinnati. While Kershaw walked away without a decision in a second consecutive start, he again pitched well enough to win.
The reigning National League MVP put together his fifth start this season in which he had 10 strikeouts and zero walks. He set a Dodgers record by accomplishing that five times in one season; Sandy Koufax had four in 1965.
Another highlight for Kershaw in the Dodgers’ losing effort came in the sixth inning when he caught Carlos Gomez attempting to steal home. Evan Gattis was batting with runners on the corners and the Astros trailing 2-1.
As Gomez began to increase his lead, Adrian Gonzalez pointed to alert Kershaw, who threw home to A.J. Ellis for the inning-ending play. Ellis was kicked on the head and remained down for a few moments, but remained in the game.