Kershaw does it all in Dodgers' 4-1 win over Braves

ATLANTA (AP) Clayton Kershaw had everything working his way, even delivering a big moment with his bat.

Kershaw pitched 7 2/3 strong innings, added a two-run single and reached a career-high four times, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves 4-1 on Friday night.

Kershaw (4-5) was his usual dominant self on the mound, allowing one run and six hits and striking out eight. The three-time Cy Young Award winner and 2014 NL MVP is 4-0 with a 1.43 ERA in 10 career starts against the Braves.

He surprised the capacity crowd at SunTrust Park by doubling down the left-field line to put Los Angeles up 4-1 in the fourth.

''I was super late and got fortunate,'' Kershaw said. ''He was throwing 100 mph, or that's what it felt like. I just happened to stick my bat out there and get lucky on one.''

The inside-out swing that scored Matt Kemp and Chris Taylor didn't draw too loud of a reaction from the fans, but they had seen enough in the eighth when Kershaw walked for the third time. Atlanta reliever Jesse Biddle was showered with boos.

''Relievers aren't used to facing pitchers,'' said Kershaw, the first Dodgers pitcher since Don Sutton in 1976 to walk three times in a game. ''It's not always easy to throw strikes to a guy that you know has no business being in the batter's box.''

Los Angeles has won two straight, improving its NL-best road record to 30-22. The Dodgers are 32-16 overall since June 1, tops in the NL over that span.

The Braves have lost three straight and 12 of 17. They were in first place for all but two days from May 2-July 10, but the loss kept them 2 1/2 games behind Philadelphia in the NL East.

Kershaw departed in the eighth, the deepest he's pitched in a game this season, with two runners on before closer Kenley Jansen got the last four outs to earn his 30th save in 33 chances. Freddie Freeman flew out to end the eighth, and Jansen faced the minimum in the ninth.

''It's always a nice feeling as a starter to finish a game, but the next best thing is to give it straight to the big man,'' Kershaw said. ''He did a good job, bailed me out in the eighth with Freddie up and preserved that win.''

Mike Foltynewicz (7-7) lost for the third time in his last four starts, giving up four runs, six hits and three walks and striking out eight in five innings. A first-time All-Star, Foltynewicz owns a 6.94 ERA and has allowed four homers in his last four outings.

Alex Verdugo tied it at 1-all in the third with his second career homer. Foltynewicz, appearing upset with himself for giving up the lead, immediately walked Kershaw on five pitches and seemed agitated the rest of the night.

''I've been inconsistent this whole July, so I'll just have to pick it up in August,'' Foltynewicz said. ''We're playing for October so it's going to be an exciting few months here.''

Yasmani Grandal hit his 17th homer to begin the fourth and has a .389 average with six homers and 14 RBIs in 19 games this month. The Dodgers lead the NL with 142 homers, 101 of them solo shots.

TRAINER'S ROOM

After missing 15 games with a right oblique strain, Dodgers RF Yasiel Puig arrived Friday in Atlanta and will return from the disabled list on Saturday. Manager Dave Roberts gave Puig the night off to spend time with his mother. Puig will likely be in Saturday's lineup, but Roberts added that the club will use a rotation going forward so that Puig, Kemp, Pederson and Verdugo get enough rest. Roberts also gives Chris Taylor and Enrique Hernandez starts in the outfield, too.

''I think if I can keep them fresh, they'll perform better, and if they're mad at me, they'll still perform better,'' Roberts said.

Roberts added that LHP Julio Urias, nearly recovered from major shoulder surgery sidelined him over a year, will be used in relief when he returns next month. ... 3B Justin Turner did some lateral running and took some swings in batting practice. He's missed five games with a right groin strain.

HE'S BACK

LHP Jonny Venters, after three Tommy John procedures and four elbow surgeries overall, was back in a Braves uniform for the first time since 2012, pitching a scoreless sixth. The 33-year-old returned to the majors earlier this year with Tampa Bay, making his first appearance in six years. Atlanta acquired him in a trade Thursday night. Venters said his stuff isn't as dominant as it used to be, but he was delighted to get a chance to pitch for his old team just 15 miles from his family's home in Suwanee, Georgia.

UP NEXT

Dodgers: LHP Alex Wood (6-5, 3.87 ERA) is 2-0 with a 3.38 ERA in his last four starts.

Braves: LHP Max Fried (1-3, 3.92) will come off the disabled list for the first time since July 5. Fried will face the Dodgers for the first time.

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  • W: C. Kershaw (4-5)L: M. Foltynewicz (7-7)S: K. Jansen (30)
  • HR: LAD - Y. Grandal (17), A. Verdugo (1)
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E. Hernandez 2B00000000.221.302.452.7540.0
C. Bellinger 1B-CF40100013.243.325.465.7900.5
C. Taylor SS31100110.257.332.459.7913.5
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    R. Acuna LF40000021.264.325.477.802-1.0
    O. Albies 2B40100010.280.316.512.8280.5
    F. Freeman 1B40000002.316.400.532.9330.0
    N. Markakis RF40200010.318.384.478.8632.5
    K. Suzuki C31100010.265.336.432.7672.5
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    E. Inciarte CF30110002.247.315.343.6582.0
    D. Swanson SS30100012.251.305.404.7100.5
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    A. Minter P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    • a-lined out for Foltynewicz in the 5th
    • b-struck out for Biddle in the 8th
    BATTING
    • 2B - C. Taylor (25)
    • HR - Y. Grandal (17), A. Verdugo
    • RBI - Y. Grandal (53), A. Verdugo (3), C. Kershaw 2 (3)
    • 2-Out RBI - C. Kershaw 2 (3)
    BATTING
    • 2B - N. Markakis (31)
    • RBI - E. Inciarte (37)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Taylor-Hernandez)
    FIELDING
    • DP - (Swanson-Albies-Freeman)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    C. Kershaw (W, 4-5)7.26110802.521.0628.0
    K. Jansen (S, 30)1.10000202.280.9211.0
    PITCHERSIP
    C. Kershaw (W, 4-5)7.2
    K. Jansen (S, 30)1.1
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    M. Foltynewicz (L, 7-7)5.06443823.041.191.0
    J. Venters1.00001003.601.202.0
    S. Carle1.00001102.631.152.5
    J. Biddle1.01002002.541.210.0
    A. Minter1.00000303.051.214.5
    PITCHERSIP
    M. Foltynewicz (L, 7-7)5.0
    J. Venters1.0
    S. Carle1.0
    J. Biddle1.0
    A. Minter1.0
    PITCHING
    • HBP - C. Kershaw (2)
    • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kershaw 101-71, K. Jansen 16-13
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kershaw 9-5
    • Batters Faced - C. Kershaw 29, K. Jansen 4
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - M. Foltynewicz 101-58, J. Venters 17-10, S. Carle 24-14, J. Biddle 13-4, A. Minter 16-11
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Foltynewicz 3-4, J. Venters 2-1, S. Carle 2-0, J. Biddle 1-1
    • Batters Faced - M. Foltynewicz 24, J. Venters 4, S. Carle 4, J. Biddle 5, A. Minter 3
    PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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    M. Machado 3B50200031.312.385.564.9490.5
    M. Muncy 2B-1B40000123.263.395.583.9780.0
    Y. Grandal C51111012.260.358.497.8555.5
    M. Kemp RF21000211.311.360.528.8882.5
    E. Hernandez 2B00000000.221.302.452.7540.0
    C. Bellinger 1B-CF40100013.243.325.465.7900.5
    C. Taylor SS31100110.257.332.459.7913.5
    A. Verdugo CF-RF41111003.280.345.440.7856.0
    C. Kershaw P10120300.185.313.185.4986.0
    K. Jansen P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      R. Acuna LF40000021.264.325.477.802-1.0
      O. Albies 2B40100010.280.316.512.8280.5
      F. Freeman 1B40000002.316.400.532.9330.0
      N. Markakis RF40200010.318.384.478.8632.5
      K. Suzuki C31100010.265.336.432.7672.5
      J. Camargo 3B40000033.257.351.431.781-1.5
      E. Inciarte CF30110002.247.315.343.6582.0
      D. Swanson SS30100012.251.305.404.7100.5
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      b- C. Culberson PH10000011.280.330.455.785-0.5
      A. Minter P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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      • a-lined out for Foltynewicz in the 5th
      • b-struck out for Biddle in the 8th
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Taylor (25)
      • HR - Y. Grandal (17), A. Verdugo
      • RBI - Y. Grandal (53), A. Verdugo (3), C. Kershaw 2 (3)
      • 2-Out RBI - C. Kershaw 2 (3)
      BATTING
      • 2B - N. Markakis (31)
      • RBI - E. Inciarte (37)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Taylor-Hernandez)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Swanson-Albies-Freeman)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      C. Kershaw (W, 4-5)7.26110802.521.0628.0
      K. Jansen (S, 30)1.10000202.280.9211.0
      Total9.06110100---
      PITCHERSIP
      C. Kershaw (W, 4-5)7.2
      K. Jansen (S, 30)1.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Foltynewicz (L, 7-7)5.06443823.041.191.0
      J. Venters1.00001003.601.202.0
      S. Carle1.00001102.631.152.5
      J. Biddle1.01002002.541.210.0
      A. Minter1.00000303.051.214.5
      Total9.07447122---
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Foltynewicz (L, 7-7)5.0
      J. Venters1.0
      S. Carle1.0
      J. Biddle1.0
      A. Minter1.0
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - C. Kershaw (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kershaw 101-71, K. Jansen 16-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kershaw 9-5
      • Batters Faced - C. Kershaw 29, K. Jansen 4
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Foltynewicz 101-58, J. Venters 17-10, S. Carle 24-14, J. Biddle 13-4, A. Minter 16-11
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Foltynewicz 3-4, J. Venters 2-1, S. Carle 2-0, J. Biddle 1-1
      • Batters Faced - M. Foltynewicz 24, J. Venters 4, S. Carle 4, J. Biddle 5, A. Minter 3
      • 4TH INNING
        Kershaw singled to left, Kemp and Taylor scored41
        Grandal homered to center21
      • 3RD INNING
        Verdugo homered to center11
      • 2ND INNING
        Inciarte grounded out to shortstop, Suzuki scored, Camargo to third01
      • 9TH INNING
        • A.J. Minter pitching
        • M. Machado: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Machado struck out swinging
        • M. Muncy: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Muncy struck out swinging
        • Y. Grandal: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Grandal struck out looking
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Jansen Pitching:
        • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Markakis struck out swinging
        • K. Suzuki: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Suzuki flied out to left
        • J. Camargo: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Camargo struck out swinging
        • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • Jesse Biddle relieved Shane Carle
        • C. Bellinger: Bellinger singled to center
        • C. Taylor: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Taylor walked, Bellinger to second
        • A. Verdugo: Verdugo grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Bellinger to third, Taylor out at second
        • C. Kershaw: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kershaw walked
        • J. Pederson: Ball, Pederson lined out to left
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kershaw Pitching:
        • D. Swanson: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Swanson singled to left
        • Charlie Culberson hit for Jesse Biddle
        • C. Culberson: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Culberson struck out swinging
        • R. Acuna: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Acuna struck out looking
        • O. Albies: Foul, Foul, Foul, Albies singled to center, Swanson to second
        • Kenley Jansen relieved Clayton Kershaw
        • F. Freeman: Freeman flied out to center
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • Shane Carle relieved Jonny Venters
        • M. Machado: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Machado struck out swinging
        • M. Muncy: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Muncy walked
        • Y. Grandal: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Grandal grounded out to second, Muncy to second
        • M. Kemp: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Kemp grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • Enrique Hernandez at second base
        • N. Markakis: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Markakis singled to center
        • K. Suzuki: Ball, Foul, Ball, Suzuki hit by pitch, Markakis to second
        • J. Camargo: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Camargo struck out swinging
        • E. Inciarte: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Inciarte lined into double play shortstop to second, Markakis out at second
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Jonny Venters pitching
        • C. Taylor: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Taylor flied out to deep center
        • A. Verdugo: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Verdugo grounded out to first
        • C. Kershaw: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kershaw walked
        • J. Pederson: Ball, Pederson grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Kershaw out at second
        • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kershaw Pitching:
        • R. Acuna: Ball, Foul, Acuna grounded out to shortstop
        • O. Albies: Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Albies struck out swinging
        • F. Freeman: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Freeman flied out to right
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
        • M. Machado: Machado reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • M. Muncy: Strike looking, Muncy lined out to center
        • Y. Grandal: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Grandal flied out to deep right
        • M. Kemp: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Kemp walked, Machado to second
        • C. Bellinger: Ball, Ball, Bellinger grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kershaw Pitching:
        • J. Camargo: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Camargo struck out looking
        • E. Inciarte: Inciarte singled to center
        • D. Swanson: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Swanson popped out to second
        • Michael Reed hit for Mike Foltynewicz
        • M. Reed: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Reed lined out to left
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
        • Y. Grandal: Strike looking, Grandal homered to center
        • M. Kemp: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Kemp walked
        • C. Bellinger: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Bellinger struck out swinging
        • C. Taylor: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Taylor doubled to deep right, Kemp to third
        • A. Verdugo: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Verdugo flied out to left
        • C. Kershaw: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Kershaw singled to left, Kemp and Taylor scored
        • J. Pederson: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Pederson struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 4th (3 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kershaw Pitching:
        • F. Freeman: Foul, Ball, Freeman grounded out to second
        • N. Markakis: Ball, Ball, Markakis grounded out to first
        • K. Suzuki: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Suzuki struck out swinging
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
        • A. Verdugo: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Verdugo homered to center
        • C. Kershaw: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kershaw walked
        • J. Pederson: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Pederson struck out swinging
        • M. Machado: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Machado struck out swinging
        • M. Muncy: Ball, Ball, Muncy grounded out to first
        • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kershaw Pitching:
        • M. Foltynewicz: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foltynewicz grounded out to shortstop
        • R. Acuna: Ball, Acuna grounded out to second
        • O. Albies: Strike swinging, Ball, Albies grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
        • M. Kemp: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kemp struck out swinging
        • C. Bellinger: Strike looking, Bellinger grounded out to shortstop
        • C. Taylor: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kershaw Pitching:
        • N. Markakis: Foul, Markakis doubled to deep left
        • K. Suzuki: Foul, Suzuki singled to shallow right center, Markakis to third
        • J. Camargo: Ball, Camargo reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Markakis out at home, Suzuki to third, Camargo to second
        • E. Inciarte: Ball, Ball, Inciarte grounded out to shortstop, Suzuki scored, Camargo to third
        • D. Swanson: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Swanson struck out looking
        • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • M. Foltynewicz Pitching:
        • J. Pederson: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pederson struck out swinging
        • M. Machado: Ball, Foul, Machado singled to center
        • M. Muncy: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Muncy struck out swinging
        • Y. Grandal: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Grandal flied out to center
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • C. Kershaw Pitching:
        • R. Acuna: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Acuna struck out swinging
        • O. Albies: Foul, Foul, Albies flied out to deep right
        • F. Freeman: Strike swinging, Freeman grounded out to third
        • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)