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Kershaw goes six strong, Dodgers beat Phillies

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PHILADELPHIA -- Clayton Kershaw couldn't wait to take the ball after a rough outing.

Kershaw allowed two hits over six innings, Carl Crawford hit a solo homer and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-0 on Friday night.

Kershaw (3-1) bounced back from his worst start in two years with an excellent performance, striking out nine. The two-time Cy Young Award winner allowed seven runs in 1 2-3 innings -- the second-shortest outing of his career -- in an 18-7 loss to Arizona last Saturday.

"I was kind of miserable for four, five days," Kershaw said. "It was no fun sitting on a game like that."

Roberto Hernandez (2-2) allowed two runs and seven hits in 6 1-3 innings in his first start since May 9. Hernandez pitched out of the bullpen the past two weeks because the Phillies didn't need a fifth starter.

The Dodgers have won three of four. The Phillies have lost three in a row, tying their season low of five games under .500.

Four relievers combined to finish off the three-hitter. Brian Wilson had a perfect eighth and Kenley Jansen closed it out for his 14th save in 15 tries.

Dee Gordon led off the game with a single, stole two bases and scored on Yasiel Puig's single. Crawford led off the second with a drive out to right-center for his fourth homer of the year.

"I'm just trying to get on base," said Gordon, who played on this field as a kid when his father, Tom Gordon, was the Phillies' closer. "There are some guys with big numbers hitting behind me."

After a 43-minute rain delay in the top of the fourth, the Phillies wasted several opportunities with runners in scoring position the rest of the game. They had runners on second and third with no outs in the fourth after Carlos Ruiz walked and Chase Utley hit a double, the first hit off Kershaw.

But the hard-throwing lefty escaped the jam by striking out Marlon Byrd, Ryan Howard and Darin Ruf. Each went down swinging at pitches in the dirt that required catcher A.J. Ellis to throw to first.

They had runners on first and second with no outs in the sixth, but Utley flied out, Byrd fouled out and Howard struck out looking.

"Kershaw did the job when he needed to and we didn't," Byrd said.

Reliever Brandon League replaced Kershaw to start the seventh and left after loading the bases. J.P. Howell entered and retired pinch-hitter Domonic Brown on a sinking liner that Crawford caught sliding. Ben Revere inexplicably didn't tag up and stayed at third. Jimmy Rollins then grounded into a third-to-home fielder's choice. Ruiz flied out to right to end the threat.

"He got a little break on Brown's liner, but he did a good job," manager Don Mattingly said of Howell.

The Phillies were shut out for the sixth time, including fifth at home. They 8-13 at Citizens Bank Park.

Kershaw has won 13 straight decisions against NL East opponents since 2011. He has a 1.30 ERA in 17 starts in that span and has a 29 innings scoreless streak vs. the East.

"I remembered how to get people out," Kershaw said.

Notes

League still hasn't allowed an earned run in his last 15 appearances, spanning 21 1-3 innings. ... Dodgers SS Erisbel Arruebarrena made his major league debut, giving Hanley Ramirez a rest. He was 0 for 3 with three strikeouts.. ... Dodgers CF Matt Kemp wasn't in the starting lineup a day after Mattingly expressed concern over the former All-Star's defense. Kemp missed 145 games over the previous two seasons because of injuries. ... Phillies first-base coach Juan Samuel was ejected in the bottom of the fifth inning. It wasn't obvious why he was upset. ... Cesar Hernandez made his first start at 3B for the Phillies. ... Phillies RHP David Buchanan makes his major league debut Saturday afternoon in place of the injured Cliff Lee. Dan Haren (5-2, 3.18) goes for the Dodgers.

 
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Clayton Kershaw rebounds from a bad outing to strike out nine in six solid innings against the Phillies.  (USATSI)
Clayton Kershaw rebounds from a bad outing to strike out nine in six solid innings against the Phillies. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

Y. Puig
AB 3
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Los Angeles

C. Kershaw
IP 6.0
H 2
ER 0
BB 3
K 9
 
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dee Gordon, 2B4110100 .295
Chone Figgins, 3B5000012 .214
Yasiel Puig, RF3031200 .343
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B5000015 .273
Andre Ethier, CF3020001 .272
Carl Crawford, LF4121012 .276
A.J. Ellis, C3010102 .178
Erisbel Arruebarrena, SS3000134 .000
Clayton Kershaw, P3000004 .200
   Brandon League, P0000000 .000
   J.P. Howell, P0000000 .000
   a-Hanley Ramirez, PH1000002 .250
   Brian Wilson, P0000000 .000
   Kenley Jansen, P0000000 .000
Totals3429256  
a-flied out for Howell in the 8th
Batting
2B - Andre Ethier (7, Bastardo)
HR - Carl Crawford (4, R. Hernandez)
RBI - Yasiel Puig (38), Carl Crawford (15)
SB - Dee Gordon 3 (28, 2nd base off R. Hernandez/Ruiz)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
E - Brandon League (2, Throwing)
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Clayton Kershaw (W,3-1) 6200390 3.49
Brandon League 0100100 1.35
J.P. Howell (H,10) 1000000 2.08
Brian Wilson (H,7) 1000020 7.71
Kenley Jansen (S,14) 1000010 4.15
Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Kershaw 100-67, Brandon League 10-4, J.P. Howell 7-4, Brian Wilson 20-13, Kenley Jansen 12-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Kershaw 3-6, Brandon League 1-0, J.P. Howell 1-2, Kenley Jansen 1-1
Batters Faced - Clayton Kershaw 23, Brandon League 3, J.P. Howell 3, Brian Wilson 3, Kenley Jansen 3
Philadelphia Phillies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jimmy Rollins, SS4010003 .275
Carlos Ruiz, C2000203 .262
Chase Utley, 2B4010012 .335
Marlon Byrd, RF4000034 .291
Ryan Howard, 1B4000034 .234
Darin Ruf, LF1000112 .000
   a-Ben Revere, PH-CF2010000 .269
Cesar Hernandez, 3B3000121 .182
John Mayberry Jr., CF2000000 .200
   b-Tony Gwynn Jr., PH-LF1000000 .200
Roberto Hernandez, P2000020 .000
   Mario Hollands, P0000000 .000
   c-Domonic Brown, PH1000003 .210
   Antonio Bastardo, P0000000 .000
Totals30030412  
a-singled for Ruf in the 7th
b-hit a sacrifice bunt for Mayberry in the 7th
c-lined out for Hollands in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jimmy Rollins (7, Kershaw), Chase Utley (20, Kershaw)
SH - Tony Gwynn Jr. (4)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Howard-Rollins, Howard-Rollins-Rollins-Utley-Howard
Philadelphia Phillies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Roberto Hernandez (L,2-2) 6.1722431 3.83
Mario Hollands 0.2000000 3.94
Antonio Bastardo 2200130 4.15
IBB - Puig by Roberto Hernandez
HBP - Ethier (by Roberto Hernandez)
Pitches-Strikes - Roberto Hernandez 111-68, Mario Hollands 2-2, Antonio Bastardo 30-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Roberto Hernandez 7-8, Mario Hollands 1-0
Batters Faced - Roberto Hernandez 30, Mario Hollands 1, Antonio Bastardo 9
Game Information
Attendance - 27254
Game Time - 3:15
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Manny Gonzalez, First Base - Seth Buckminster, Second Base - Brian Knight, Third Base - Field Culbreth