Clayton Kershaw took the mound on Thursday night with the Los Angeles Dodgers in need of a few things. For starters, the Dodgers were 2-5 in their last seven games and had taxed their bullpen through the first two games of the series against the San Diego Padres.
As he’s done countless times, Kershaw came to the rescue of his team. The Dodger ace began the game by retiring 16 of the first 17 batters he faced. Rene Rivera drew a one-out walk in the second inning and was quickly erased on a double play.
Kershaw’s no-hitter was broken up in the sixth by Padres’ starter Tyson Ross’ single to center. The Padres added their second and third hits in the seventh inning, with the third being an RBI single that gave them a 1-0 lead.
Kershaw got out of further trouble in that inning and threw a scoreless eighth. Justin Turner’s two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth put Kershaw in line to win his 15th game of the season.
The southpaw finished the game with 10 strikeouts and lowered his ERA to 1.86.
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