Dodgers Vs. D-Backs Recap: Clayton Kershaw Wins 16th Game

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Kershaw battled back to get Aaron Hill to hit a soft liner to Gordon for the second out, then got Trumbo to fly out to left to escape the jam without allowing a run. The Diamondbacks got on the board in the bottom of the fourth behind an Alfredo Martin leadoff double and Jordan Pacheco single to center.

Puig attempted to make a diving catch, but came up short and the ball rolled towards right field after bouncing off his chest. Van Slyke backed up the center fielder and rolled his right ankle as he went to recover the ball. Martin scored on the play, and Van Slyke was removed and later diagnosed with a sprained right ankle; Carl Crawford took over in left. Dee Gordon, Yasiel Puig

The Diamondbacks threatened again in the fifth with a leadoff triple from Inciarte. However, Kershaw struck out two of the next three batters and the Dodgers maintained a 3-1 lead at the end of five innings.

Turner and Crawford combined for consecutive one-out singles in the sixth. Crawford was thrown out trying to steal third and Miguel Rojas grounded into a fielder’s choice with two on to end the inning.

Oliver Perez relieved Miley in the seventh and issued a leadoff walk to Kershaw. After a Puig grounder moved Kershaw over to third, Evan Marshall took over for Perez and walked Kemp. The Dodgers were unable to add to their lead as Ramirez was called out on strikes.

With the Dodgers still leading by two runs, Kershaw struck out the side in the bottom of the seventh. The Dodger ace returned to the mound in the eighth inning and allowed nothing more than a two-out single and collected his 10th strikeout of the game.

Kenley Jansen earned his 38th save of the season, No. 100 in his career and the Dodgers completed a two-game sweep of the Diamondbacks. The win was Kershaw’s 16th of the season, which leads all pitchers. The 10 strikeouts were Kershaw’s third consecutive game with at least 10.

The series win was the Dodgers’ ninth straight on the road against NL West opponents.
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