Kershaw strong in return, Dodgers snap skid with 1-0 win

SAN DIEGO (AP) It's almost as if Clayton Kershaw hadn't been away at all.

The Los Angeles ace was sharp in his first start in five weeks, holding the San Diego Padres to two infield singles in six innings in a 1-0 victory Friday night that snapped the Dodgers' season-high five-game losing streak.

Kershaw (16-2) hadn't started since July 23, when he was pulled after two innings with a strained lower back that landed him on the disabled list.

''Efficiency-wise I think it was as good as I could have expected,'' said Kershaw, who was targeted for five innings or 75 pitches, and threw 70. ''I really didn't pitch any differently. I was throwing early strikes where they had to swing the bat.''

The lefty struck out seven and walked none. The only hits he allowed were Manuel Margot's soft grounder to second opening the first and Yangervis Solarte's grounder to short opening the fifth.

Was he surprised?

''You never truly really know until you get back on a big-league mound and get big-league hitters out,'' he said.

Remarkably, the Padres didn't hit a single ball to the outfield. Three relievers each threw a perfect inning, with Kenley Jansen pitching the ninth for his 36th save. Brandon Morrow struck out the side in the seventh.

Kershaw improved to 3-0 against San Diego this season and 17-6 lifetime. He's won a career-high 12 straight decisions, the longest active streak in the majors. He hasn't lost since May 1.

''I didn't expect him to be that sharp, quite honestly, but with him, you can never underestimate him,'' manager Dave Roberts said. ''The sharpness of all his pitches, fastball both sides of the plate, slider, introducing the curveball early, he was on point. Competitive, obviously, efficient.''

Kershaw felt he could have returned two weeks ago, but Roberts said the team ''slow-played things. We were very conservative. The effort level, the adrenaline, the way we made him reach all those markers, we expected him to be like this.''

The Dodgers, who have MLB's best record at 92-41, snapped their longest losing streak since April 2016.

''It's nice to shake hands,'' Roberts said.

San Diego rookie Dinelson Lamet (7-6) pitched well, other than giving up three singles in the sixth, when the Dodgers scored the game's only run. He allowed one run and six hits in six innings while striking out 10 and walking three.

Lamet allowed singles to Justin Turner and rookie Cody Bellinger opening the inning and retired the next two batters before Chase Utley hit an RBI single to center.

''I think for the long term it's exciting,'' San Diego manager Andy Green said about Lamet. ''You lose a game short term, but to see somebody square off against Clayton Kershaw, and for the most part match him, you can't ask for anything more from him. One pitch to Utley that he hits into center field there, and outside of that he was really good today. So we're pleased with that.''

Lamet said it was ''a pleasure'' to face Kershaw. ''It definitely motivated me. I knew that I was going to have to give my best effort and knew he was going to make pitches so I had to do the same,'' he said through a translator.

''It's something that I was preparing, leading up to this game. Once I knew I was going to face the Dodgers and against a lineup with a lot of lefties, and there have been moments where I've had a few struggles against lefties, so I knew I needed to bear down and focus on that and really focus on getting guys out early in the count.''

Turner had three hits.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Dodgers: SS Corey Seager didn't play due to a sore right elbow

UP NEXT

Dodgers: The teams will play a doubleheader Saturday as the result of a rainout on May 7. L.A.'s scheduled starters are RHP Brock Stewart (0-0, 3.38), who will be recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City, and RHP Yu Darvish (2-1, 3.13)

Padres: LHP Clayton Richard (6-13, 4.96) and RHP Jordan Lyles (0-2, 6.94) are San Diego's scheduled starters.

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  • W: C. Kershaw (16-2)L: D. Lamet (7-6)S: K. Jansen (36)
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C. Granderson LF50000014.214.326.467.793-0.5
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C. Bellinger 1B40100022.270.352.598.9500.0
Y. Grandal C30000134.261.314.471.785-0.5
Y. Puig RF30000114.256.345.474.8192.5
C. Utley 2B30110112.238.331.400.7312.5
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K. Jansen P00000000.500.500.7501.2500.0
  • a-grounded out for Kershaw in the 7th
  • b-singled for Watson in the 9th
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Y. Solarte SS30100020.258.328.413.7410.0
J. Blash RF30000021.224.354.402.756-1.0
C. Spangenberg 3B30000011.269.321.422.743-0.5
A. Hedges C30000011.214.251.399.650-0.5
D. Lamet P10000000.069.069.069.1380.0
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  • a-struck out for Asuaje in the 9th
  • b-grounded out for Lamet in the 6th
  • c-grounded out for Torres in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Turner (26)
  • RBI - C. Utley (30)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Utley (11)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - Y. Puig (13)
  • CS - C. Taylor (4)
  • Picked Off - C. Taylor (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Kershaw (W, 16-2)6.02000701.950.8629.5
B. Morrow (H, 7)1.00000302.060.774.5
T. Watson (H, 11)1.00000203.771.454.0
K. Jansen (S, 36)1.00000101.210.6710.5
PITCHERSIP
C. Kershaw (W, 16-2)6.0
B. Morrow (H, 7)1.0
T. Watson (H, 11)1.0
K. Jansen (S, 36)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Lamet (L, 7-6)6.061131004.401.2111.0
P. Maton1.02000004.321.261.0
K. McGrath1.00001104.701.042.5
J. Torres1.01000104.651.182.5
PITCHERSIP
D. Lamet (L, 7-6)6.0
P. Maton1.0
K. McGrath1.0
J. Torres1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kershaw 70-53, B. Morrow 15-10, T. Watson 10-7, K. Jansen 12-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kershaw 9-2, K. Jansen 1-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Kershaw 20, B. Morrow 3, T. Watson 3, K. Jansen 3
PITCHING
  • IBB - K. McGrath
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Lamet 107-73, P. Maton 17-11, K. McGrath 15-7, J. Torres 13-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Lamet 2-5, P. Maton 2-0, K. McGrath 1-1, J. Torres 1-1
  • Batters Faced - D. Lamet 26, P. Maton 4, K. McGrath 4, J. Torres 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Taylor SS50200033.306.376.529.905-0.5
C. Granderson LF50000014.214.326.467.793-0.5
J. Turner 3B41300010.332.422.534.9564.5
C. Bellinger 1B40100022.270.352.598.9500.0
Y. Grandal C30000134.261.314.471.785-0.5
Y. Puig RF30000114.256.345.474.8192.5
C. Utley 2B30110112.238.331.400.7312.5
A. Verdugo CF30000104.000.250.000.2501.0
C. Kershaw P20100000.167.222.167.3891.0
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B. Morrow P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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K. Jansen P00000000.500.500.7501.2500.0
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  • a-grounded out for Kershaw in the 7th
  • b-singled for Watson in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Margot CF40100010.268.310.428.7380.5
C. Asuaje 2B30000011.275.335.376.711-0.5
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J. Pirela LF30000021.289.342.493.835-1.0
W. Myers 1B30000021.232.317.438.755-1.0
Y. Solarte SS30100020.258.328.413.7410.0
J. Blash RF30000021.224.354.402.756-1.0
C. Spangenberg 3B30000011.269.321.422.743-0.5
A. Hedges C30000011.214.251.399.650-0.5
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K. McGrath P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Torres P0000-0001.0001.0001.000.000-
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  • a-struck out for Asuaje in the 9th
  • b-grounded out for Lamet in the 6th
  • c-grounded out for Torres in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Turner (26)
  • RBI - C. Utley (30)
  • 2-Out RBI - C. Utley (11)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - Y. Puig (13)
  • CS - C. Taylor (4)
  • Picked Off - C. Taylor (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Kershaw (W, 16-2)6.02000701.950.8629.5
B. Morrow (H, 7)1.00000302.060.774.5
T. Watson (H, 11)1.00000203.771.454.0
K. Jansen (S, 36)1.00000101.210.6710.5
Total9.02000130---
PITCHERSIP
C. Kershaw (W, 16-2)6.0
B. Morrow (H, 7)1.0
T. Watson (H, 11)1.0
K. Jansen (S, 36)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
D. Lamet (L, 7-6)6.061131004.401.2111.0
P. Maton1.02000004.321.261.0
K. McGrath1.00001104.701.042.5
J. Torres1.01000104.651.182.5
Total9.09114120---
PITCHERSIP
D. Lamet (L, 7-6)6.0
P. Maton1.0
K. McGrath1.0
J. Torres1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kershaw 70-53, B. Morrow 15-10, T. Watson 10-7, K. Jansen 12-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kershaw 9-2, K. Jansen 1-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Kershaw 20, B. Morrow 3, T. Watson 3, K. Jansen 3
PITCHING
  • IBB - K. McGrath
  • Pitches-Strikes - D. Lamet 107-73, P. Maton 17-11, K. McGrath 15-7, J. Torres 13-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Lamet 2-5, P. Maton 2-0, K. McGrath 1-1, J. Torres 1-1
  • Batters Faced - D. Lamet 26, P. Maton 4, K. McGrath 4, J. Torres 4
  • 6TH INNING
    Utley singled to center, Turner scored, Bellinger to third10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Jose Torres relieved Kyle McGrath
    • A. Verdugo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Verdugo grounded out to pitcher
    • Enrique Hernandez hit for Tony Watson
    • E. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Hernandez singled to left
    • C. Taylor: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • C. Granderson: Granderson lined out to center
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Kenley Jansen pitching
    • Erick Aybar hit for Jose Torres
    • E. Aybar: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Aybar grounded out to second
    • M. Margot: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Margot fouled out to catcher
    • Hector Sanchez hit for Carlos Asuaje
    • H. Sanchez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Sanchez struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • P. Maton Pitching:
    • J. Turner: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Turner doubled to deep right center
    • Kyle McGrath relieved Phil Maton
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Bellinger grounded out to second, Turner to third
    • Y. Grandal: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Grandal struck out swinging
    • Y. Puig: Ball, Ball, Ball, Puig intentionally walked
    • C. Utley: Strike looking, Puig stole second, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Utley popped out to third
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Tony Watson relieved Brandon Morrow
    • J. Blash: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Blash struck out swinging
    • C. Spangenberg: Spangenberg fouled out to third
    • A. Hedges: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Hedges struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Phil Maton pitching
    • Andre Ethier hit for Clayton Kershaw
    • A. Ethier: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ethier grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Taylor: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Taylor singled to left
    • C. Granderson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Taylor picked off at first, pitcher to first, Pickoff attempt, Granderson grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Brandon Morrow pitching
    • J. Pirela: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Pirela struck out swinging
    • W. Myers: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Myers struck out looking
    • Y. Solarte: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Solarte struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • D. Lamet Pitching:
    • J. Turner: Turner singled to left center
    • C. Bellinger: Bellinger singled to left, Turner to second
    • Y. Grandal: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul tip, Grandal struck out on foul tip
    • Y. Puig: Ball, Foul, Ball, Puig fouled out to first
    • C. Utley: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Utley singled to center, Turner scored, Bellinger to third
    • A. Verdugo: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Verdugo grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Matt Szczur hit for Dinelson Lamet
    • M. Szczur: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Szczur grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Margot: Margot fouled out to first
    • C. Asuaje: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Asuaje grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • D. Lamet Pitching:
    • C. Utley: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Utley struck out swinging
    • A. Verdugo: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Verdugo walked
    • C. Kershaw: Kershaw singled to center, Verdugo to second
    • C. Taylor: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • C. Granderson: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Granderson struck out looking
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Kershaw Pitching:
    • Y. Solarte: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Solarte reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • J. Blash: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Blash struck out looking
    • C. Spangenberg: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Spangenberg struck out swinging
    • A. Hedges: Strike swinging, Hedges grounded out to third
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • D. Lamet Pitching:
    • J. Turner: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Turner singled to right center
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bellinger struck out swinging
    • Y. Grandal: Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Grandal struck out swinging
    • Y. Puig: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Puig struck out looking
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Kershaw Pitching:
    • C. Asuaje: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Asuaje struck out swinging
    • J. Pirela: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Pirela struck out swinging
    • W. Myers: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Myers struck out swinging
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • D. Lamet Pitching:
    • C. Kershaw: Strike looking, Ball, Kershaw flied out to left
    • C. Taylor: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Taylor reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • C. Granderson: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Granderson flied out to shallow left
    • J. Turner: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Taylor caught stealing, catcher to second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Kershaw Pitching:
    • A. Hedges: Foul, Foul, Ball, Hedges grounded out to first
    • D. Lamet: Ball, Lamet grounded out to third
    • M. Margot: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Margot struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • D. Lamet Pitching:
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bellinger struck out swinging
    • Y. Grandal: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Grandal walked
    • Y. Puig: Puig lined out to center
    • C. Utley: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Utley walked, Grandal to second
    • A. Verdugo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Verdugo grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Kershaw Pitching:
    • Y. Solarte: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Solarte struck out swinging
    • J. Blash: Blash grounded out to third
    • C. Spangenberg: Foul, Ball, Spangenberg grounded out to second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • D. Lamet Pitching:
    • C. Taylor: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Granderson popped out to shortstop
    • J. Turner: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Turner struck out looking
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Kershaw Pitching:
    • M. Margot: Strike looking, Strike looking, Margot reached on an infield single to second
    • C. Asuaje: Strike swinging, Asuaje grounded out to pitcher, Margot to second
    • J. Pirela: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pirela popped out to second
    • W. Myers: Myers grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)