After scoring nine runs Saturday, the Los Angeles Dodgers spent the first few innings Sunday simply trying to muster up a hit. Though they wouldn’t need much with the way Clayton Kershaw was pitching.
Kershaw struck out two in the first inning only to be outdone by Shelby Miller striking out the side in the bottom of the first. Yadier Molina hit a leadoff double in the second inning, but wouldn’t get any further as Kershaw retired the next three batters, two of which were by way of strikeout.
Kershaw allowed a single and issued a walk in the third, however he offset it by striking out the side. Meanwhile, Miller continued to match Kershaw as he carried a no-hitter into the fourth inning. Miller walked Yasiel Puig to leadoff the fourth and lost his no-hit bid on an Adrian Gonzalez bunt single.
Matt Kemp gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead with an RBI single to center that Gonzalez aggressively went first to third on. Gonzalez’s base running awareness paid off as Juan Uribe hit a sacrifice fly to extend the Dodgers’ lead. Matt Carpenter collected his third hit of the game with a two-out double in the fifth. It would be to no avail as Matt Holliday grounded out to end the inning.
Puig doubled in the bottom of the fifth and came around to score on Gonzalez’s RBI single to center. Kemp doubled to put runners on second and third with no outs. Andre Ethier delivered what may have been the knockout punch with a three-run home run that gave the Dodgers a 6-0 lead.
The Cardinals threatened again in the seventh as Mark Ellis hit a one-out double. Jon Jay pinch-hit for Seth Maness, but struck out and Kershaw finally solved the puzzle that was Carpenter as he also went down swinging. It would be Kershaw’s final inning of work, finishing with 13 strikeouts and running his scoreless inning streak to 28 consecutive.
Brandon League took over for the Dodgers in the eighth, allowed a single and nothing else. Jamey Wright then pitched the ninth to complete the Dodgers’ 6-0 win that moved them into a tie for first place in the NL West.
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