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Kershaw shuts down Rockies; scoreless streak at 36 innings

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DENVER -- Don Mattingly made a rather bold prediction after Clayton Kershaw's latest masterful performance: His ace will give up another run at some point this season.

"I know I'm going out on a limb," the Los Angeles Dodgers manager joked.

Lately, Kershaw has looked that untouchable.

The hard-throwing lefty nearly had no-hit stuff against Colorado again, allowing only two singles over eight innings as the Dodgers beat the Rockies 9-0 on Friday night.

What's more, Kershaw (10-2) extended his scoreless streak to 36 innings before being replaced by a pinch hitter in the ninth. Kershaw bottled up the top-hitting team in the majors in nearly matching the no-hitter he threw against the Rockies on June 18 at Dodger Stadium. Kershaw struck out eight and walked one.

"You don't ever want to give up a run," Kershaw casually said. "I guess that's the goal."

The nastiness of Kershaw's slider -- the best pitch in baseball, Drew Stubbs labeled it -- is fueling his roll.

"Anytime he takes the mound, he's capable of the run he's been on," catcher A.J. Ellis said.

Yasiel Puig hit a two-run shot -- his first homer since May 28 -- and Scott Van Slyke added a three-run homer as the Dodgers had a season-high 19 hits.

Jair Jurrjens (0-1) struggled in his first big-league start in a year, lasting 4 2/3 innings and giving up eight runs.

After the game, Jurrjens was taken to a nearby hospital for tests after developing breathing issues. Though the problems dissipated, the Rockies had him taken to the hospital.

Kershaw was coming off quite a June in which he went 6-0 with a 0.82 ERA. He carried it over to July as he allowed only DJ LeMahieu's single in the third and Nolan Arenado's base hit in the seventh.

The 26-year-old Kershaw hasn't allowed a run since the third inning against Arizona on June 13. His scoreless innings streak is the third-longest in Los Angeles history, according to information from the Elias Sports Bureau provided by the Dodgers. The team -- and major league -- record is 59 straight by Orel Hershiser in 1988.

Of those 36 scoreless innings Kershaw has turned in, 17 have now been at Colorado's expense. The Rockies didn't have Troy Tulowitzki (tight groin) in the lineup Friday night.

"He's on a pretty good roll, approaching historic measures," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "He's locked in right now and we saw it today."

Kershaw also did some damage with his bat as he laced an RBI single to left as part of a five-run fifth to break the game open. It was Kershaw's first RBI of the season.

Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez was hit on the left arm by Jurrjens in the fifth and was replaced when the team took the field. Mattingly indicated Ramirez could possibly be in the lineup Saturday.

Colorado finally solved Kershaw in the third when LeMahieu lined a base hit to right. Jurrjens followed with a bunt that Kershaw wildly threw to first for an error, putting runners on first and third with one out.

But Kershaw picked off Jurrjens and then struck out Charlie Blackmon to keep his scoreless innings streak intact.

"During this run, he's had an 'A' curveball and an 'A' slider this entire time," Ellis said. "They're both electric strikeout pitches."

The Dodgers hit for the cycle in the first to jump out to a 3-0 lead. Dee Gordon began with a bunt single and Puig followed with a two-run homer. Ramirez added a double and scored on Andre Ethier's two-out triple.

It's been a rocky start to Jurrjens' Rockies career.

The Rockies acquired Jurrjens in a trade with Cincinnati two days ago to bolster a rotation ravaged by injuries. He became the 13th different starter Colorado has used this season.

Jurrjens last pitched in the big leagues on June 29, 2013, when he was with Baltimore. He was replacing Jhoulys Chacin, who's on the 60-day disabled list with an inflamed right shoulder.

Notes

Every Dodgers starter had a hit Friday night. Gordon, Ellis and Ethier each had three. ... Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez (left index finger) hit in the cage Friday. ... Decorated Olympic swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen posted on her Twitter account a picture from the Rockies game and a message saying: "Thank you to the rockies for my first outing! You guys have been amazing to us!" Van Dyken-Rouen is rehabbing at nearby Craig Hospital after an accident on an all-terrain vehicle left her paralyzed.

 
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Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw tosses eight shutout innings to run his scoreless innings streak to 36. (Getty Images)
Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw tosses eight shutout innings to run his scoreless innings streak to 36. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

C. Kershaw
IP 8.0
H 2
ER 0
BB 1
K 8
Los Angeles

S. Van Slyke
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dee Gordon, 2B5230112 .299
Yasiel Puig, RF6112008 .307
Hanley Ramirez, SS2210000 .271
   Erisbel Arruebarrena, SS3011010 .313
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B6020004 .258
   Jamey Wright, P0000000 .000
Scott Van Slyke, LF5123023 .268
Andre Ethier, CF4131101 .260
Juan Uribe, 3B5110014 .296
   Clint Robinson, 1B0000000 .143
A.J. Ellis, C5031010 .235
Clayton Kershaw, P4021011 .241
   a-Miguel Rojas, PH-3B0100100 .246
Totals45919937  
a-walked for Kershaw in the 9th
Batting
2B - Hanley Ramirez (22, Jurrjens), A.J. Ellis (4, Bettis)
3B - Andre Ethier (4, Jurrjens)
HR - Yasiel Puig (12, Jurrjens), Scott Van Slyke (8, Jurrjens)
RBI - Yasiel Puig 2 (48), Erisbel Arruebarrena (2), Scott Van Slyke 3 (15), Andre Ethier (34), A.J. Ellis (6), Clayton Kershaw (1)
2-OUT RBI - Erisbel Arruebarrena (2), Scott Van Slyke 3 (7), Andre Ethier (13), A.J. Ellis (4), Clayton Kershaw (1)
SB - Dee Gordon (41, 2nd base off Jurrjens/McKenry), Hanley Ramirez (11, 2nd base off Jurrjens/McKenry)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
DP - Gordon-Arruebarrena-C. Robinson
E - Clayton Kershaw (1, Throwing)
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Clayton Kershaw (W,10-2) 8200180 1.85
Jamey Wright 1000110 2.45
Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Kershaw 93-67, Jamey Wright 14-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Kershaw 7-9, Jamey Wright 1-0
Batters Faced - Clayton Kershaw 27, Jamey Wright 3
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Charlie Blackmon, LF3000121 .293
Josh Rutledge, SS4000041 .292
Nolan Arenado, 3B4010001 .298
Justin Morneau, 1B3000001 .315
   Matt Belisle, P0000000 .000
   Rex Brothers, P0000000 .000
Drew Stubbs, CF2000111 .289
Michael McKenry, C3000002 .305
Brandon Barnes, RF3000021 .255
DJ LeMahieu, 2B3010001 .276
Jair Jurrjens, P0000000 .000
   Chad Bettis, P1000000 .000
   Ryan Wheeler, 1B1000000 .232
Totals2702029  
Batting
SH - Jair Jurrjens (1)
CS - Jair Jurrjens (1, 2nd base by Kershaw/Ellis)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - LeMahieu-Rutledge-Morneau
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jair Jurrjens (L,0-1) 4.21288132 15.43
Chad Bettis 2.1400010 8.68
Matt Belisle 1200020 4.50
Rex Brothers 1111210 4.50
HBP - H. Ramirez (by Jair Jurrjens)
Pitches-Strikes - Jair Jurrjens 99-63, Chad Bettis 50-29, Matt Belisle 25-16, Rex Brothers 22-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jair Jurrjens 6-4, Chad Bettis 6-0, Matt Belisle 1-0, Rex Brothers 1-1
Batters Faced - Jair Jurrjens 27, Chad Bettis 11, Matt Belisle 5, Rex Brothers 6
Game Information
Attendance - 48815
Game Time - 3:13
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Cory Blaser, First Base - Pat Hoberg, Second Base - Jeff Kellogg, Third Base - Brian O'Nora