After picking up his fourth and fifth strikeouts of the game in the fifth, Kershaw sparked a rally and ignited the crowd in bottom half of the inning. The Dodger ace hit a leadoff single and went first to third on Dee Gordon’s single to center field.
Gordon took second base on Bryce Harper’s throw to third and the Dodgers had two men in scoring position with no outs. Following a Hanley Ramirez ground out, Adrian Gonzalez reached on a slow infield single to shortstop.
Kershaw scored on the play and Gordon pressed the issue as Desmond had issues fielding the ball. Desmond eventually threw home, but the ball sailed over Ramos’ head which allowed Gordon to score and the Dodgers took a 2-0 lead.
Kershaw again didn’t allow a runner to reach in the sixth and Juan Uribe provided more run support with a two-run home run and the Dodgers led 4-0 after six innings. Harper snapped Kershaw’s streak of 12 consecutive batters retired with a solo home run in the seventh inning.
The Dodger ace got through eight innings, then the ball was handed to Kenley Jansen, who struck out the side and earned his 39th save of the season. The win was Kershaw’s 17th on the year, which moved him atop the Majors.
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