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Kershaw loses no-hit bid in eighth, Dodgers fry Fish

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MIAMI -- At first, Clayton Kershaw's pitching had teammates sprinting and diving for balls. Then he found a groove and flirted with a no-hitter.

The bid ended with Cody Ross' double leading off the eighth inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers settled for a four-hitter to beat the Florida Marlins 12-5 Sunday.

The double came on the 112th and final pitch by Kershaw, a career high.

"I had fun today," the 21-year-old left-hander said. "I felt good the whole game."

Kershaw (2-3) benefited from three fine defensive plays in the first two innings, then settled down. Given a 6-0 lead by the third, he struck out nine and pitched around four walks. Kershaw even stymied Hanley Ramirez, who went 0-for-4, ending his 13-game hitting streak.

It was a performance reminiscent of another Dodgers left-hander, Sandy Koufax, who threw four no-hitters in the 1960s. Manager Joe Torre predicted Kershaw will come close again.

"He's got the Koufax dominance, stuff-wise -- the same type of curveball," Torre said.

Kershaw caught the Marlins looking at third strikes with his curve, and he had success throwing about a dozen changeups, a season high. Those pitches complemented a 94 mph fastball.

Kershaw struck out Jeremy Hermida with his 100th pitch to start the seventh and went on to strike out the side for the only time. He had never pitched more than seven innings in his previous 28 major league starts, but Torre thought the youngster had enough left to complete a no-hitter.

Although Kershaw's pitch count was in triple figures, taking him out before he allowed a hit would have been difficult, Torre and pitching coach Rick Honeycutt said.

"No-hitters are sacred," Honeycutt said. "They don't come along too often."

No decision was necessary. Ross started the eighth by pulling a high fastball into the gap on a 1-2 count to start the eighth.

"You don't want to be on the lineup card on the wall inside a pitcher's house," Ross said.

Kershaw's undoing might have been in the top of the inning, when he sat while the Dodgers scored four runs to make it 10-0.

"Every time there has been a long inning this season, it's hard for me to get loose," Kershaw said. "But I don't think that's the reason I gave up a hit."

Torre sat four regulars for the day game following a night game, but the Dodgers' defense was first-team caliber. Three of Florida's first five batters had a shot at a hit but were robbed on catches by second baseman Orlando Hudson, left fielder Juan Pierre and right fielder Xavier Paul.

In the third, Kershaw's strikeout total began to rapidly rise. Torre has witnessed at least five no-hitters, including two perfect games, and he said it was evident the lefty had no-hit stuff.

Torre tried not to jinx it.

"I never changed my seat after about the second inning," Torre said.

Following Ross' double, Torre summoned reliever Guillermo Mota. He gave up Emilio Bonifacio's sacrifice fly in the eighth and a grand slam by Ross in the ninth.

Juan Castro hit his first home run and scored three times for the Dodgers, who completed a 4-2 trip. They're 5-5 without suspended slugger Manny Ramirez but still have the best record in the majors.

Pierre, Ramirez's replacement, had two doubles, a single and three RBI to hike his average to .419. He finished 8-for-14 in the series with six runs and five RBI.

"Manny who, you know?" Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "You almost wish Manny were here."

John Koronka (0-2) was no match for Kershaw, committing two early throwing errors to give up two unearned runs.

"It was kind of embarrassing the first couple of innings, throwing those balls away," Koronka said. "It took us right out of the game."

Koronka was designated for assignment.

Notes

  • Before the game, Florida selected the contract of OF Alejandro De Aza from Triple-A New Orleans and optioned RHP Carlos Martinez to New Orleans, and RHP Rick VandenHurk (elbow) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.
  • Dodgers LHP Eric Stults, who jammed his pitching thumb on a defensive play Friday, delayed his scheduled bullpen session for at least one day and may miss his next start.
 
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Clayton Kershaw huffs and puffs and blows through the Marlins' lineup, striking out nine.  (US Presswire)
Clayton Kershaw huffs and puffs and blows through the Marlins' lineup, striking out nine. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

C. Kershaw
IP 7.0
H 1
ER 1
BB 4
K 9
Florida

C. Ross
AB 2
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
 

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Guillermo Mota 1.2344101 9.00
Will Ohman 0.1000000 5.40
Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Kershaw 112-66, Guillermo Mota 37-24, Will Ohman 3-2
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Florida Marlins
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Wes Helms, 3B4000011 .217
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Dan Uggla, 2B3110110 .190
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Cody Ross, CF2224200 .225
John Koronka, P0000000 .000
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b-grounded out for Pinto in the 8th
c-popped out for Calero in the 9th
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2B - Dan Uggla (6, Mota), Cody Ross (6, Kershaw)
HR - Cody Ross (6, Mota)
SF - Emilio Bonifacio (1)
SH - Hayden Penn (1)
RBI - Emilio Bonifacio (9), Cody Ross 4 (23)
2-OUT RBI - Cody Ross 4 (13)
Team LOB - 4
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E - John Koronka 2 (2, Throwing)
Florida Marlins
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Hayden Penn 2.1100050 5.71
Burke Badenhop 2.1444220 6.00
Renyel Pinto 0.2000010 1.02
Kiko Calero 1222230 2.84
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Game Time - 3:12
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Paul Schrieber, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Joe West, Third Base - Ed Rapuano