Clayton Kershaw took the mound Sunday for the 199 time in his career, but accomplished something he had yet to, now in his seventh season with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Kershaw struck out eight batters in seven innings and allowed three runs on six hits. At times he was dominant, though he also looked more human than he had in his previous eight starts.
The Dodger ace wound up with a no-decision in the Dodgers’ thrilling victory. Juan Uribe hit a leadoff single in the fourth inning with the Dodgers leading, 3-1.
A.J. Ellis struck out, which brought Kershaw to the plate with one out. Naturally, he attempted to bunt Uribe over to second, but St. Louis Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez threw out the Dodger third baseman on the sac-bunt attempt.
Kershaw reached on the fielder’s choice and stole second base on a 1-1 count with Dee Gordon at the plate. Martinez threw a wild pitch that allowed Kershaw to swipe the bag standing up. It was Kershaw’s first career stolen base and first attempt.
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