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Dodgers walk off with victory; Kershaw fans 13 Giants in no-decision

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LOS ANGELES -- Clayton Kershaw deserved better than a no-decision after the gem he pitched against San Francisco. Giants starter Matt Cain can probably commiserate -- he's still not getting any run support.

One of the best pitching duels of the young season was merely an afterthought after James Loney drew his second bases-loaded walk with one out in the ninth inning to give the Los Angeles Dodgers a 5-4 victory on Wednesday night.

"He's a good person to have up in that type of situation because he's so cool and collected," Kershaw said. "He's very patient, very disciplined, and we saw that tonight."

Singles by Orlando Hudson and Manny Ramirez gave the Dodgers runners at the corners with no outs against Bob Howry (0-1). After an intentional walk to Andre Ethier, Brian Wilson came on and got Russell Martin to ground into a force at the plate with the infield in. But the Giants' closer lost Loney on a 3-2 breaking ball that ran low and away.

"It's weird not running hard to first, and then you turn around and everybody's celebrating," Loney said.

Jonathan Broxton (1-0) pitched a perfect ninth, after Aaron Rowand hit a three-run homer in the eighth against rookie Ronald Belisario to give San Francisco a 4-2 lead. The Giants, who have lost five straight and took an 11-1 pounding Monday in the Dodgers' home opener, were held to one hit by the 21-year-old Kershaw over the first seven.

"Kershaw kept us off the board pretty much all night," Rich Aurilia said. "He was throwing the ball with great velocity. I don't think a lot of us had seen him before, which works in his favor. He just kept guys off balance and overpowered us with the fastball. For a young guy, that's pretty impressive, what he did."

The San Francisco bullpen couldn't protect its lead, however. Jeremy Affeldt gave up a leadoff single in the bottom half to Ethier, after pitching a perfect seventh in relief of Cain. Martin greeted Howry with a double inside third base, Ethier scored on Loney's sacrifice fly, and Matt Kemp followed with a tying RBI single.

"It's a tough one to swallow, especially when you come back late like that," Aurilia said.

Kershaw had a career-high 13 strikeouts and allowed only two baserunners, giving up Bengie Molina's tying home run leading off the second inning and walking Aurilia with one out in the fourth. The left-hander fanned eight of the first 13 batters, then finished with five strikeouts in a row.

Kershaw's walk to Aurilia was the first in four games for the Giants, who ended a string of 87 consecutive plate appearances without one going back to the eighth inning of their loss Friday at San Diego. But Aurilia was doubled off first base after Kemp robbed Rowand of a hit with a diving catch in short center field.

"My game plan was to be aggressive because they're a very free-swinging team and a very aggressive ball club," Kershaw said. "I didn't get a lot of first-pitch strikes, but at the same time, I made some quality pitches after I got behind. And they were swinging the bats, which was to my benefit."

Kershaw became the youngest Dodgers pitcher to strike out 13 or more batters in a game since Sandy Koufax did it on Aug. 27, 1955, at age 19. But he lost the decision when the bullpen failed to make Casey Blake's go-ahead solo home run in the fourth inning stand up.

Hong-Chih Kuo hit his first batter, Pablo Sandoval, and pinch-runner Emmanuel Burriss advanced to third on Aurilia's single. Manager Joe Torre brought in Belisario -- who promptly surrendered Rowand's home run into the left field pavilion.

"I'm fine with it," said Kershaw, who was watching the TV in the weight room when Rowand homered. "I mean, there's going to be a game down the road where I go five innings and give up five runs and get the win. That's just part of baseball. Look at Matt Cain. He's had really bad luck with run support, but he's a good pitcher, too. It's just part of the game."

Cain allowed two runs and seven hits over six innings but remained 0-6 in 12 career starts against the Dodgers with a 3.97 ERA.

"My biggest thing was trying to stay in there as long as possible after that first inning and keep us close, but Kershaw was obviously dealing," Cain said. "I know I wasn't seeing the ball well at the plate, so I'm sure the guys that hit everyday obviously had a lot of trouble as well."

Cain is only 16-30 in 68 starts after winning 13 games as a rookie in 2006. Since the beginning of the 2007 season, his teammates have scored fewer than two runs in 30 of his starts. Last season, Cain had the second-lowest run support in the majors (3.14) behind Oakland's Greg Smith (2.88).

Cain walked three batters in the first inning, including Loney with the bases loaded and two outs -- but came back to strike out Kemp with his 30th pitch of the inning.

The home runs by Molina and Rowand were the first for the Giants since the three they hit on opening day.

Notes

  • Everyone on both teams wore No. 42 to mark the 62nd anniversary of Jackie Robinson's major league debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers, and former teammate Don Newcombe threw out the first pitch.
  • Hudson, who on Monday joined Wes Parker (1970) as the only L.A. Dodgers to hit for the cycle, smiled broadly while presenting his 4-year-old son Orlando and 7-year-old daughter Kamari with bicycles at home plate before the game. They were gifts from his new club.
 
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Matt Kemp (left) and James Loney combine for four RBI and a postgame body bump.  (Getty Images)
Matt Kemp (left) and James Loney combine for four RBI and a postgame body bump. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

O. Hudson
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
San Francisco

A. Rowand
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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San Francisco Giants
Randy Winn, RF4000011 .313
Edgar Renteria, SS4000021 .138
Fred Lewis, LF4000040 .357
    Brian Wilson, P0000000 .000
Bengie Molina, C4111030 .290
Pablo Sandoval, 3B2000010 .179
    Emmanuel Burriss, PR-2B1100000 .095
Rich Aurilia, 1B2010110 .143
    Andres Torres, PR0100000 .000
    Travis Ishikawa, 1B0000000 .227
Aaron Rowand, CF3113001 .375
Juan Uribe, 2B-3B3000020 .222
Matt Cain, P2000020 .000
    Jeremy Affeldt, P10100001.000
    Bob Howry, P0000000 .000
    Eugenio Velez, LF0000000 .111
Totals30444116  
Batting
HR - Bengie Molina (2, Kershaw), Aaron Rowand (2, Belisario)
RBI - Bengie Molina (8), Aaron Rowand 3 (7)
Team LOB - 1
Fielding
DP - Renteria-Aurilia
San Francisco Giants
Matt Cain 6722431 2.08
Jeremy Affeldt 1111020 4.15
Bob Howry (BS,1; L,0-1) 1522100 6.00
Brian Wilson 0.1000100 0.00
IBB - Blake by Matt Cain, Ethier by Bob Howry
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Cain 115-65, Jeremy Affeldt 15-10, Bob Howry 32-20, Brian Wilson 10-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Cain 6-7, Jeremy Affeldt 1-0, Brian Wilson 1-0
Batters Faced - Matt Cain 27, Jeremy Affeldt 4, Bob Howry 9, Brian Wilson 2
Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS5020022 .250
Orlando Hudson, 2B5130010 .368
Manny Ramirez, LF4110102 .296
Andre Ethier, RF4120110 .281
Russell Martin, C4110104 .212
James Loney, 1B2003201 .333
Matt Kemp, CF4021013 .375
Casey Blake, 3B3111101 .188
Clayton Kershaw, P3000002 .200
    Hong-Chih Kuo, P0000000 .000
    Ronald Belisario, P0000000 .000
   a- Doug Mientkiewicz, PH1010000 .250
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
Totals35513565  
a-singled for Belisario in the 8th
Batting
2B - Russell Martin (3, Howry), Matt Kemp (3, Cain)
HR - Casey Blake (3, Cain)
SF - James Loney (1)
RBI - James Loney 3 (8), Matt Kemp (6), Casey Blake (6)
2-OUT RBI - James Loney (4)
CS - Rafael Furcal (1, 2nd base by Cain/Molina)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Matt Kemp 1
DP - Kemp-Loney
Los Angeles Dodgers
Clayton Kershaw 71111131 1.50
Hong-Chih Kuo0122000 6.00
Ronald Belisario (BS,1) 1211011 1.59
Jonathan Broxton (W,1-0) 1000020 1.80
HBP - Sandoval (by Hong-Chih Kuo)
Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Kershaw 105-63, Hong-Chih Kuo 7-5, Ronald Belisario 11-10, Jonathan Broxton 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ronald Belisario 2-0, Jonathan Broxton 1-0
Batters Faced - Clayton Kershaw 22, Hong-Chih Kuo 2, Ronald Belisario 5, Jonathan Broxton 3
Game Information
Attendance - 42511
Game Time - 3:07
Temperature - 59
Umpires - Home - Ed Rapuano, First Base - Paul Schrieber, Second Base - Angel Campos, Third Base - Joe West