Following a disappointing four-game series against the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Los Angeles Dodgers began a three-game set with Clayton Kershaw on the mound.

Kershaw got through the first inning on five pitches and made his way through the second on seven pitches. As a result, the game was scoreless heading to the third inning before the seats could get warm. Kershaw continued to roll as he retired the White Sox in order in the third inning.

Gordon Beckham singled to right-center in the fourth to give the White Sox got their first hit off Kershaw. Jose Abreu, fresh off the disabled list, introduced himself to Dodger Stadium with a two-run homer to give the White Sox a 2-0 lead.

Hanley Ramirez hit a two-out single, but White Sox starter Jose Quintana then got Adrian Gonzalez to hit a soft liner to third for the final out in the fourth. Kershaw allowed an infield single in the fifth and struck out two to keep the Dodgers within 2-0.

Quintana retired the Dodgers in order in the bottom of the fifth and Kershaw returned the favor in the sixth, and Abreu’s home run continued to be the difference in the game. Kershaw opened up the bottom of the sixth with a single and advanced to second as Matt Kemp reached on an error as Beckham couldn’t a shot hit at him.

Quintana struck out Puig for the second out, then got Ramirez to hit a routine ground ball to Conor Gillaspie, who was charged for an error on his throw to first base. The mishap allowed Kershaw to score and put runners on second and third. Gonzalez hit an infield single that scored another run to tie the game.

Justin Turner hit a blooper into center field that the White Sox were unable to catch, which resulted in two more Dodger runners scoring. Drew Butera capped the inning off with an RBI single to right and the Dodgers took a 5-2 lead to seventh inning.

Kershaw picked up his seventh strikeout of the game in the seventh inning as he retired the White Sox in order. The White Sox didn’t fare any better in the eighth as Kershaw fanned two more. With a three-run lead, Kenley Jansen allowed an infield single and struck out the side to earn the save.
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Matt is a journalist from Whittier, California. A Cal State Long Beach graduate, Matthew occasionally contributes to Lakers Nation, and previously served as the lead editor and digital strategist at Dodgers Nation, and the co-editor and lead writer at Reign of Troy, where he covered USC Football. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mmoreno1015

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