Clayton Kershaw turned in another gem for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday night and had to watch as San Diego Padres starter Tyson Ross countered by shutting out the Dodgers through eight innings.
Kershaw’s brilliance still allowed for the Padres to take a 1-0 lead in the seventh inning, with the left-hander making his way out of trouble in the inning to keep the Dodgers well within reach of the Padres.
Carl Crawford led off the eighth with an infield single that Ross attempted to stop, but only managed to get part of his glove on. That brought Justin Turner to the plate, who has been invaluable for the Dodgers this season both as a bench player and in filling in for an injured Juan Uribe.
Turner sat back on a 1-0 slider that hung over the inside part of the plate and sent the ball sailing into the left field pavilion to give the Dodgers a 2-1 lead. Kenley Jansen took the mound in the ninth and stranded a runner on second base as the Dodgers won the game and the three-game series.
The home run was Turner’s fourth this season and he’s now batting .314 with 29 RBIs.
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