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Dodgers sweep Giants, back in first

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw put together another dominant performance at AT&T Park.

His teammates are also getting comfortable at the Giants' waterfront ballpark -- and now they are right back in the thick of the NL West race.

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Kershaw pitched a five-hitter for his second shutout of the season, and Los Angeles beat San Francisco 4-0 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep of the division-leading Giants.

"We understand this is our year. There's no excuses," Kershaw said after his second shutout of the season. "Everybody's doing everything they can to put us in the right place to win. We just have to go out there and play now."

That is a far cry from the feeling in the Dodgers clubhouse a month ago when they were shut out in three consecutive games and let a three-game lead in the division slip away.

San Francisco (55-46) still leads Los Angeles (56-47) by one percentage point with nine games remaining between the teams this season.

"This is going to be a battle through the next couple of months," Dodgers slugger Matt Kemp said. "The last time we came here we were banged up. Now there's the healthy Dodgers out there and we're playing good."

Kershaw (8-6) struck out seven and walked one in his fifth career shutout, beating the Giants for the first time in three starts this season. He lost both previous outings despite allowing only four earned runs in 14 innings.

Kershaw, 5-2 with a 0.66 ERA in eight career starts at AT&T Park, also survived a scare in the eighth when Marco Scutaro hit a line drive that ricocheted off the pitcher's glove hand. Second baseman Mark Ellis retrieved the ball to make the out as Kershaw tossed his glove to the ground. He met briefly with a team trainer and manager Don Mattingly on the mound, then struck out Brandon Belt to end the inning.

"It puts us right back in the middle of things," Kershaw said. "My fastball wasn't great. I just didn't have that little extra on it. But [my] offspeed was good and I mixed it up. It was just kind of a combination of everything, really."

Ellis, Kemp, Andre Ethier and James Loney had two hits apiece, and Luis Cruz added two hits and drove in two runs for the Dodgers.

Blanked in a three-game series at San Francisco from June 25-27, Los Angeles outscored the Giants 19-3 in this series and didn't give up a run during the final 20 innings.

San Francisco, which has lost four straight, didn't get a runner past second and managed only three hits in the final seven innings. The Giants were swept at home by the Dodgers for the first time since June 28-30, 2010.

"That's what happens when you face one of the best pitchers in the game right now," San Francisco starter Ryan Vogelsong said. "If anything, this will make us a little mad and we can take it out on the Mets the next time in."

The slumping New York Mets will visit the Giants for a four-game series that begins on Monday.

Vogelsong (8-5), who had won both of his prior matchups against Kershaw this year, allowed two runs -- one earned -- and six hits in six innings with five strikeouts and three walks. He lowered his ERA to a major league-leading 2.22.

Los Angeles went ahead with two runs in the fourth, following singles by Juan Rivera and Kemp. With runners at the corners and one out, newly acquired Hanley Ramirez grounded to third and beat second baseman Ryan Theriot's relay throw to avoid a double play as Rivera scored. After Scutaro dropped Loney's popup to third for an error, Cruz hit an RBI double.

Vogelsong struck out Kershaw with the bases loaded to end the sixth. The Dodgers added a pair of runs in the eighth against Jeremy Affeldt following a one-out double by Loney. Cruz and Mark Ellis hit RBI singles.

Notes

  • Kershaw pitched a six-hit shutout against St. Louis on May 19.
  • Loney is hitting .328 in July (21-for-64).
  • The first seven hitters in the Dodgers' order all had at least one hit. No. 8 batter A.J. Ellis walked four times.
  • Cruz has a career-best, 12-game hitting streak that is also the longest by a Dodgers player this season.
  • LHP Madison Bumgarner goes for his team-leading 12th win for San Francisco against the Mets on Monday.
  • Aaron Harang (7-5), knocked out in the fifth inning by Arizona on May 22, starts for the Dodgers in the opener of a three-game home set against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
 
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The Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw scatters five hits for his second shutout of the season. (US Presswire)
The Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw scatters five hits for his second shutout of the season. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

L. Cruz
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Los Angeles

C. Kershaw
IP 9.0
H 5
ER 0
BB 1
K 7
 

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Los Angeles Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Mark Ellis, 2B5021011 .262
Juan Rivera, LF5110003 .257
    Tony Gwynn Jr., LF0000000 .237
Matt Kemp, CF5020000 .344
Andre Ethier, RF5020002 .293
Hanley Ramirez, 3B5111022 .251
James Loney, 1B5120012 .257
Luis Cruz, SS4122012 .268
A.J. Ellis, C0000400 .279
Clayton Kershaw, P4000039 .114
Totals38412448  
Batting
2B - Andre Ethier (28, Casilla), James Loney (17, Affeldt), Luis Cruz (8, Vogelsong)
RBI - Mark Ellis (15), Hanley Ramirez (55), Luis Cruz 2 (16)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Ellis (9), Luis Cruz (3)
CS - Hanley Ramirez (5, 2nd base by Vogelsong/Posey)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - L. Cruz-Loney, Ellis-Loney
PB - A.J. Ellis (10)
E - Luis Cruz (2, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Clayton Kershaw (W,8-6) 9500170 2.95
Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Kershaw 115-73
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Kershaw 10-9
Batters Faced - Clayton Kershaw 32
San Francisco Giants
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Gregor Blanco, RF3010100 .247
Ryan Theriot, 2B4000011 .268
Melky Cabrera, LF4000031 .353
Buster Posey, C4010011 .314
Angel Pagan, CF4010001 .277
Marco Scutaro, 3B3010001 .272
Brandon Belt, 1B3010010 .237
Brandon Crawford, SS2000012 .234
   a- Justin Christian, PH1000000 .176
    Santiago Casilla, P0000000 .000
    Javier Lopez, P0000000 .000
Ryan Vogelsong, P2000000 .056
    Clay Hensley, P0000000 .000
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
    George Kontos, P0000000 .000
   b- Joaquin Arias, PH-SS1000000 .243
Totals3105017  
a-lined out for Crawford in the 8th
b-flied out for Kontos in the 8th
Batting
SB - Gregor Blanco (18, 2nd base off Kershaw/Ellis)
CS - Angel Pagan (4, 2nd base by Kershaw/Ellis)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Posey-Crawford, Crawford-Theriot-Belt
E - Marco Scutaro (10, Dropped fly)
San Francisco Giants
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ryan Vogelsong (L,8-5) 6621350 2.22
Clay Hensley 0.1200000 3.19
Jeremy Affeldt 1.1222120 2.66
George Kontos 0.1100000 2.21
Santiago Casilla 0.2100010 3.05
Javier Lopez 0.1000000 3.43
IBB - Ellis by Ryan Vogelsong
WP - Jeremy Affeldt (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Vogelsong 104-59, Clay Hensley 6-4, Jeremy Affeldt 25-18, George Kontos 7-6, Santiago Casilla 13-8, Javier Lopez 5-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Vogelsong 6-7, Clay Hensley 1-0, Jeremy Affeldt 1-0, Santiago Casilla 1-0, Javier Lopez 1-0
Batters Faced - Ryan Vogelsong 27, Clay Hensley 3, Jeremy Affeldt 6, George Kontos 2, Santiago Casilla 3, Javier Lopez 1
Game Information
Attendance - 41902
Game Time - 3:03
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Angel Hernandez, Second Base - Ed Hickox, Third Base - Chris Conroy