As happens so often, after a team scores in bunches one night, they find themselves scuttling in the following game.
The Los Angeles Dodgers got off to a slow start Saturday as San Francisco Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong held them without a baserunner through the first three innings. Fortunately for the Dodgers, Clayton Kershaw was equally as dominating.
The Dodgers finally scratched on Adrian Gonzalez’s two-out double in the fourth that Hunter Pence lost in the sun. Hanley Ramirez followed with a long at-bat that ended with an RBI bloop single into left field. Ramirez was thrown out attempting to stretch his single into a double.
Kershaw retired the Giants in order in the bottom of the fourth and the Dodgers went back to work with their bats. Carl Crawford led off the inning with a single to left-center and moved to second base on Matt Kemp’s single.
Juan Uribe extended the Dodgers’ lead to 2-0 with an RBI single. Kershaw walked Michael Morse with one out on four pitches, but it wouldn’t cost him as he struck out the side. Vogelsong then ran into more trouble in the sixth.
Following a Puig infield single, Gonzalez ripped a double to right-center to put two runners in scoring position with none out. With the infield playing in, Dan Uggla made a diving stop on a Crawford grounder but short-hopped his thrown home and Puig scored on the error.
Kemp bounced into a fielder’s choice, which resulted in Gonzalez being thrown out at the plate. Uribe hurt his former team once again, this time by way of an RBI double and the Dodgers carried a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the sixth.
Jean Machi took the mound in the seventh, but it made little difference as the Dodgers were able to score on the right-handed reliever as well. Gonzalez hit his second double of the night, this time of the RBI variety that scored Gordon, who hit a leadoff single.
The Dodgers loaded the bases on Machi with two outs but he got out of the jam by getting Uribe looking for strike three on a favorable call. Kershaw kept the Giants off the board in the final three innings and earned his fourth complete game victory of the season.
With the win, Kershaw improved to 7-2 career record with a 0.69 ERA at AT&T Park, and the Dodgers moved into first place in the NL West.
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