The Los Angeles Dodgers entered Wednesday’s game with the Colorado Rockies looking for their first series sweep at home and with a win, could get within four games of the San Francisco Giants in the NL West standings.
Clayton Kershaw took the mound and was given run support early as the Dodgers scored two in the bottom of the first. Kershaw would overpower the Rockies lineup from there, racking up 15 strikeouts, which is a single-game career high.
The Dodgers used a five-run third inning to give Kershaw more run support than he would need to get through the game. Kershaw carried a perfect game into the seventh inning that was broken up as Hanley Ramirez threw away a slow chopper.
Kershaw remained composed as two of the three outs in the seventh were by way of strikeout. The same held true in the eighth inning as Drew Stubbs and Josh Rutledge both went down swinging.
Kershaw used two pitches to get the first two outs in the ninth and completed his no-hitter by striking out Corey Dickerson, who reached on Ramirez’s error. That set off a second no-hitter celebration for the Dodgers, with video provided via their Vine account: