Nola shuts down Dodgers as Phillies spoil Kershaw's return

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers have learned how to win for long stretches without Clayton Kershaw and might need to do so again.

Jorge Alfaro drove in two runs, Aaron Nola pitched seven innings of two-hit ball and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Dodgers 2-1 Thursday, spoiling Kershaw's first start in almost a month.

Kershaw, who returned after spending 30 days on the disabled list for left biceps tendinitis, admitted after the game another DL trip might be necessary - this time for a third back injury in three seasons. He is expected to undergo an MRI and will not travel with the team for this weekend's series at Colorado.

''I'm not `woe is me.' I don't feel sorry for me or for us or anything like that,'' Kershaw said. ''I'm frustrated, disappointed I can't contribute to the team. Being on the DL's no fun. So hopefully I get to maybe avoid that. I'll have to see what happens with the MRI.''

Kershaw missed more than two months with a back issue in 2016, and a separate back problem last year cost him five weeks. He called that 2016 injury ''very, very severe'' and said this one feels more like what he dealt with last season.

The Dodgers have gone 75-46 in the past three years without Kershaw, good for a .620 winning percentage. This year, the Dodgers were 14-12 without their ace.

''Obviously with Clayton's history there's some concern,'' Roberts said. ''You want to make sure he's well and good. We are going to dig into it and see if there's anything to it. Our medical staff will probably dig in more and potentially a scan and see where we're at with that. The shoulder felt fine, it was just the back tightened up.''

Despite having to fight both the Phillies and his physical issues, Kershaw still managed to hold the Philadelphia to one run and four hits over five innings, with a walk and five strikeouts. He threw just 62 pitches.

Nola (7-2) dominated in his first matchup with Kershaw. He gave up one with seven strikeouts, closingbye striking out five of the last seven batters he faced.

''It was a good win man,'' Nola said. ''That was the first time I got to face off against him but I look at it as I'm not really facing him, I'm facing the team. But I think overall it was a good team win. I knew going into the game runs would be limited. With Kershaw on the mound, we all know how he pitches.''

Hitting out of the No. 8 spot in the Phillies' lineup, Alfaro delivered an RBI single in the second inning against Kershaw and had an RBI double off reliever Josh Fields (2-2) in the seventh.

Seranthony Dominguez held the Dodgers scoreless over the final two innings for his second save.

Nola allowed one run or fewer in five of his six starts in May and posted a 1.80 ERA in the month. The right-hander has allowed just three hits over his last two outings combined, after holding the Toronto Blue Jays to one hit and one run over 6 2/3 innings Saturday.

''I think (Nola) is among the top 10 pitchers in baseball,'' Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. ''I think he deserves to be mentioned in the same breath as Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw. I think he belongs in that discussion, he's that good.''

The Dodgers tied the score in the fifth when Yasiel Puig doubled and Enrique Hernandez followed two batters later with a run-scoring single to right field against a drawn-in infield.

SAVING THE DAY

Dominguez was in the minor leagues at the start of May, not making his big-league debut until May 7. Since then, though, he has delivered 13 2/3 scoreless innings over 11 appearances. He has given up just two singles and no walks while striking out 15.

Dominguez received late-inning defensive help on a running catch in right field by Aaron Altherr and a backhand play and long throw to first by shortstop Scott Kingery.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Phillies: OF Rhys Hoskins will not need surgery to recover from his fractured jaw and manager Gabe Kapler said that means Hoskins' recovery should take weeks instead of months.

Dodgers: RHP Tom Koehler (shoulder), who has not pitched this season, threw a bullpen session but remains uncertain when he will begin a rehab assignment. ... LHP Alex Wood had his upcoming start at Colorado moved from Friday to Sunday in part because of lingering cramps in his left hamstring that have affected him in two starts this season. ... RHP Kenta Maeda (hip strain) is set to resume baseball activity Saturday.

MOVING DAY

The Dodgers optioned ambidextrous pitcher Pat Venditte back to Triple-A Oklahoma City to make room on the roster for Kershaw.

The Phillies recalled OF Dylan Cozens and RHP Mark Leiter Jr., and RHP Drew Hutchison was designated for assignment.

UP NEXT

Phillies: RHP Nick Pivetta (4-3, 3.26 ERA) will start in the opener of a three-game series at San Francisco having allowed just three earned runs combined over his last four starts.

Dodgers: No starter announced yet for Friday's series opener at Colorado. Rookie Dennis Santana is a candidate for what would be his major league debut.

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  • W: A. Nola (7-2)L: J. Fields (2-2)S: S. Dominguez (2)
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C. Santana 1B40000010.216.332.433.765-0.5
M. Franco 3B31000110.257.297.444.7421.5
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S. Kingery SS31100013.220.271.335.6071.5
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  • a-struck out for Nola in the 8th
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J. Pederson LF40000021.246.333.385.718-1.0
M. Muncy 1B30000110.245.353.520.8740.5
J. Turner 3B40000001.255.317.364.6800.0
Y. Grandal C40000012.255.361.460.821-0.5
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E. Hernandez SS30110000.220.295.431.7262.0
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  • a-struck out for Kershaw in the 5th
  • b-struck out for Cingrani in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Alfaro (7)
  • RBI - J. Alfaro 2 (13)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Alfaro 2 (5)
BATTING
  • 2B - Y. Puig (7)
  • RBI - E. Hernandez (17)
FIELDING
  • E - S. Kingery (5)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - Y. Puig (5)
  • DP - (Hernandez-Valera-Muncy)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Nola (W, 7-2)7.02111702.180.9330.5
S. Dominguez (S, 2)2.00000200.000.1514.0
PITCHERSIP
A. Nola (W, 7-2)7.0
S. Dominguez (S, 2)2.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Kershaw5.04111502.761.1211.5
P. Baez1.00000303.511.564.5
J. Fields (L, 2-2)1.02110002.360.98-5.0
T. Cingrani1.00000305.311.084.5
K. Jansen1.00000102.550.973.5
PITCHERSIP
C. Kershaw5.0
P. Baez1.0
J. Fields (L, 2-2)1.0
T. Cingrani1.0
K. Jansen1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - A. Nola
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Nola 111-73, S. Dominguez 23-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Nola 9-6, S. Dominguez 2-2
  • Batters Faced - A. Nola 25, S. Dominguez 6
PITCHING
  • WP - C. Kershaw (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kershaw 62-42, P. Baez 17-10, J. Fields 14-11, T. Cingrani 13-9, K. Jansen 12-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kershaw 4-5, J. Fields 1-1, K. Jansen 1-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Kershaw 19, P. Baez 3, J. Fields 4, T. Cingrani 3, K. Jansen 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Hernandez 2B40100020.268.379.424.8030.0
A. Altherr RF40000021.190.321.343.664-1.0
O. Herrera CF40000010.313.377.485.862-0.5
C. Santana 1B40000010.216.332.433.765-0.5
M. Franco 3B31000110.257.297.444.7421.5
N. Williams LF30200000.241.315.438.7522.0
S. Kingery SS31100013.220.271.335.6071.5
J. Alfaro C30220010.265.315.404.7194.5
A. Nola P20000022.045.087.045.132-1.0
a- J. Valentin PH10000010.143.143.143.286-0.5
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  • a-struck out for Nola in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Pederson LF40000021.246.333.385.718-1.0
M. Muncy 1B30000110.245.353.520.8740.5
J. Turner 3B40000001.255.317.364.6800.0
Y. Grandal C40000012.255.361.460.821-0.5
C. Bellinger CF30000011.232.303.425.728-0.5
Y. Puig RF31100000.227.295.383.6783.0
B. Valera 2B30000011.083.214.083.298-0.5
E. Hernandez SS30110000.220.295.431.7262.0
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K. Jansen P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-struck out for Kershaw in the 5th
  • b-struck out for Cingrani in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Alfaro (7)
  • RBI - J. Alfaro 2 (13)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Alfaro 2 (5)
BATTING
  • 2B - Y. Puig (7)
  • RBI - E. Hernandez (17)
FIELDING
  • E - S. Kingery (5)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - Y. Puig (5)
  • DP - (Hernandez-Valera-Muncy)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
A. Nola (W, 7-2)7.02111702.180.9330.5
S. Dominguez (S, 2)2.00000200.000.1514.0
Total9.0211190---
PITCHERSIP
A. Nola (W, 7-2)7.0
S. Dominguez (S, 2)2.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Kershaw5.04111502.761.1211.5
P. Baez1.00000303.511.564.5
J. Fields (L, 2-2)1.02110002.360.98-5.0
T. Cingrani1.00000305.311.084.5
K. Jansen1.00000102.550.973.5
Total9.06221120---
PITCHERSIP
C. Kershaw5.0
P. Baez1.0
J. Fields (L, 2-2)1.0
T. Cingrani1.0
K. Jansen1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - A. Nola
  • Pitches-Strikes - A. Nola 111-73, S. Dominguez 23-15
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Nola 9-6, S. Dominguez 2-2
  • Batters Faced - A. Nola 25, S. Dominguez 6
PITCHING
  • WP - C. Kershaw (4)
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kershaw 62-42, P. Baez 17-10, J. Fields 14-11, T. Cingrani 13-9, K. Jansen 12-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kershaw 4-5, J. Fields 1-1, K. Jansen 1-1
  • Batters Faced - C. Kershaw 19, P. Baez 3, J. Fields 4, T. Cingrani 3, K. Jansen 3
  • 7TH INNING
    Alfaro doubled to deep right center, Kingery scored, Alfaro out at third21
  • 5TH INNING
    Hernandez singled to right, Puig scored11
  • 2ND INNING
    Alfaro singled to center, Franco scored, Williams to second10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Kenley Jansen pitching
    • O. Herrera: Strike looking, Herrera fouled out to catcher
    • C. Santana: Ball, Ball, Foul, Santana grounded out to first
    • M. Franco: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Franco struck out looking
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Dominguez Pitching:
    • M. Muncy: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Muncy lined out to second
    • J. Turner: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Turner grounded out to shortstop
    • Y. Grandal: Strike looking, Ball, Grandal grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Tony Cingrani relieved Josh Fields
    • Jesmuel Valentin hit for Aaron Nola
    • J. Valentin: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Valentin struck out swinging
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Hernandez struck out swinging
    • A. Altherr: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Altherr struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Seranthony Dominguez pitching
    • E. Hernandez: Foul, Hernandez lined out to right
    • Matt Kemp hit for Tony Cingrani
    • M. Kemp: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kemp struck out swinging
    • J. Pederson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Pederson struck out looking
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Josh Fields relieved Pedro Baez
    • M. Franco: Franco grounded out to shortstop
    • N. Williams: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Williams flied out to left
    • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Kingery singled to right
    • J. Alfaro: Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Alfaro doubled to deep right center, Kingery scored, Alfaro out at third
    • Middle of the 7th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • C. Bellinger: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bellinger struck out swinging
    • Y. Puig: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Puig lined out to center
    • B. Valera: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Valera struck out looking
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Pedro Baez pitching
    • A. Altherr: Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Altherr struck out swinging
    • O. Herrera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Herrera struck out swinging
    • C. Santana: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Santana struck out looking
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • M. Muncy: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Muncy struck out swinging
    • J. Turner: Strike looking, Turner flied out to deep left
    • Y. Grandal: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Grandal struck out looking
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • C. Kershaw Pitching:
    • J. Alfaro: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Alfaro struck out looking
    • A. Nola: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul tip, Nola struck out on foul tip
    • C. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Hernandez struck out looking
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • Y. Puig: Ball, Ball, Puig doubled to deep left
    • B. Valera: Ball, Foul, Valera grounded out to second, Puig to third
    • E. Hernandez: Ball, Strike looking, Hernandez singled to right, Puig scored
    • Chris Taylor hit for Clayton Kershaw
    • C. Taylor: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • J. Pederson: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Pederson struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • C. Kershaw Pitching:
    • C. Santana: Santana popped out to second
    • M. Franco: Strike looking, Franco flied out to deep left
    • N. Williams: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Williams singled to center
    • S. Kingery: Kingery popped out to second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • M. Muncy: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Muncy grounded out to second
    • J. Turner: Strike swinging, Foul, Turner safe at first on shortstop Kingery fielding error
    • Y. Grandal: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Grandal reached on fielder's choice to second, Turner out at second
    • C. Bellinger: Bellinger flied out to right
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
  • 3RD INNING
    • C. Kershaw Pitching:
    • C. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Hernandez flied out to right
    • A. Altherr: Altherr grounded out to third
    • O. Herrera: Strike looking, Ball, Herrera grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • E. Hernandez: Foul, Ball, Hernandez flied out to center
    • C. Kershaw: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Kershaw struck out looking
    • J. Pederson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pederson grounded out to second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • C. Kershaw Pitching:
    • C. Santana: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Santana grounded out to pitcher
    • M. Franco: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Franco walked
    • N. Williams: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Williams singled to center, Franco to second
    • S. Kingery: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Kingery struck out swinging
    • J. Alfaro: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Alfaro singled to center, Franco scored, Williams to second
    • A. Nola: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Williams to third, Alfaro to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Nola struck out looking
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bellinger grounded out to first
    • Y. Puig: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Puig grounded out to third
    • B. Valera: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Valera grounded out to second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • C. Kershaw Pitching:
    • C. Hernandez: Hernandez singled to center
    • A. Altherr: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Altherr grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Hernandez out at second
    • O. Herrera: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Herrera lined out to second
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • A. Nola Pitching:
    • J. Pederson: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Pederson flied out to center
    • M. Muncy: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Muncy walked
    • J. Turner: Foul, Ball, Muncy to second on wild pitch, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Turner grounded out to shortstop
    • Y. Grandal: Strike looking, Grandal flied out to deep center
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)