Recap: Kershaw Extends Scoreless Streak, Grandal Hits Home Run In Win

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Scott Van Slyke singled to left in the bottom of the fourth, but was erased at second base on Puig’s one-hopper to third base. To Van Slyke’s credit, his slide prevented the Angels from turning a double play. Puig advanced to second base on a passed ball, though nothing came of it as Heaney retired Grandal and Alex Guerrero.

The game remained scoreless through four innings with both teams stuck on two hits at that point. The Angels went down in order in the fifth, giving Kershaw 34 consecutive scoreless innings. He followed that by striking out the first two batters faced in the sixth as part of another scoreless frame.

Kendrick and Adrian Gonzalez doubled the Dodgers’ hit total with consecutive singles in the bottom of the sixth that put runners on the corners with no outs. Van Slyke got ahead 3-0 in the count and drove the 3-1 pitch to the warning track in left field for a sacrifice fly that gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead.

Fernando Salas replaced Heaney and needed just one pitch to retire Puig. However, Salas then gave up a two-run home run to Grandal before working his way out of the inning. Puig got a bad jump but recovered to make a full-extension diving catch to rob Trout of a leadoff hit in the seventh. Kershaw then got Pujols to fly out and he struck out Aybar to protect the Dodgers’ lead 3-0.

Having thrown 103 pitches, Kershaw took the mound in the eighth and retired the side in order, extending his scoreless streak to 37 innings. Kershaw warmed up for the ninth inning but was lifted in favor of Kenley Jansen.

The Dodgers’ closer allowed a leadoff single to pinch-hitter David Murphy and walked Kole Calhoun to face the tying run with no outs. Jansen recovered by striking out Johnny Giavotella and Trout, but then gave up a broken-bat RBI single to Pujols.

Aybar was unable to keep the rally as he flied out on the next pitch. With the 3-1 win the Dodgers’ extended their winning streak over the Angels to five games.


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