Kershaw gets 1st win as Dodgers beat Pirates 3-1

LOS ANGELES (AP) Three starts into his delayed season and Clayton Kershaw already appears back in his usual form.

Kershaw earned his first win, allowing one run over seven innings to outpitch Joe Musgrove and help the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-1 on Saturday night.

Chris Taylor hit a tying sacrifice fly and Joc Pederson followed with a two-run triple as the Dodgers rallied for three runs in the seventh inning and sent the Pirates to their season-high seventh straight loss.

Kershaw (1-0), making his third start after recovering from shoulder inflammation, gave up four hits, struck out eight and walked none, retiring 13 of his last 14 batters. He has a 2.25 ERA and has not given up more than two earned runs in any of his three starts.

The three-time Cy Young Award winner is not usually one to compare outings, but did say this was an improvement over his last, when he gave up two runs over six innings at Milwaukee, while walking four.

''I felt pretty much the same,'' Kershaw said about his strength as he builds into his season. ''I think the one before this one was a little rockier. Not stronger or weak, just a little more inconsistent. But I felt great tonight and I need to keep building on this one.''

Pittsburgh went ahead in the third when Pablo Reyes singled leading off, was sacrificed to second by Musgrove and scored on Adam Frazier's single.

From there, Kershaw matched Musgrove (1-2) pitch for pitch until the Dodgers broke through late in the game.

''This is a tough stretch we're going through right now,'' Musgrove said. ''As a starting pitcher, I embrace the challenge. It's my turn to go out there and set the tone and try and control the game. I came one out short of that tonight.''

Caleb Ferguson allowed the Pirates to load the bases with no outs in the eighth on two walks and a single.

Pedro Baez retired Melky Cabrera on a flyout and Colin Moran on a popup that dropped next to third baseman Justin Turner after an infield fly was called. Baez then struck out Josh Bell.

''Bases loaded and nobody out is a pretty impossible situation,'' Kershaw said. ''(Baez) was unbelievable. He dominated it and got us out of there. I can't say enough about (Baez). That was awesome tonight.''

Kenley Jansen pitched a perfect ninth for his ninth save in 10 chances, completing a five-hitter.

Singles by Max Muncy and Alex Verdugo started the Dodgers' rally. Pirates catcher Francisco Cervelli took a glancing blow to his left side as Muncy scored, but a video review determined there was nothing improper with Muncy's slide.

Musgrove allowed three runs and seven hits in 6 2/3 innings, ending the Dodgers' major league record of hitting a home run in 33 consecutive home games. Musgrove gave up just five earned runs in his first five starts.

''He's very collected, he's a fierce competitor and he expects a lot out of himself,'' Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. ''He pours into his teammates. He is an absolute pleasure to coach and have on a club.''

BUMP AND A RUN

Cervelli was met on the field by a trainer after Muncy bumped him while scoring his run in the seventh inning. Hurdle was asked about the play afterward.

''We'll talk about it internally,'' Hurdle said. ''There is no need to share it publicly.''

Muncy said he meant no ill will.

''I didn't want to hit him; I didn't mean to hit him. I can tell you that right now,'' Muncy said. ''It wasn't on purpose. It was one those things where I'm running straight for it and he came up the line so I raised my arm to brace in case we hit each other and I clipped him. That's the end of it.

''If they feel the need to retaliate, that's fine. They'll retaliate and I'll be on base and smile because that raises my on-base percentage.''

Cervelli, who said he took the blow to his ribs, was asked if he thought the bump was necessary.

''I don't know,'' he said. ''You've got to ask him. I don't know. I've got no idea.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Pirates: RHP Chris Archer was placed on the 10-day IL with right thumb inflammation. ... OF Corey Dickerson will not start his expected minor league injury rehabilitation assignment after experiencing more shoulder discomfort. ... OF Lonnie Chisenhall had his rehab assignment for a broken finger halted because of left calf tightness. ... C Jacob Stallings (neck) started a rehab assignment with Triple-A Indianapolis.

Dodgers: C Russell Martin was activated off the IL after not playing since April 8 because of a back inflammation. C Rocky Gale was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

UP NEXT

Dodgers LHP Rich Hill will make his 2019 debut after recovering from a left knee strain. Pittsburgh RHP Trevor Williams (1-1) heads into Sunday's outing with quality starts in all five of his outings but just 11 runs of support.

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  • W: C. Kershaw (1-0)L: J. Musgrove (1-2)S: K. Jansen (9)
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  • a-popped out for Kang in the 8th
  • b-flied out for Reyes in the 9th
  • c-singled for Liriano in the 8th
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  • a-struck out for Kershaw in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Reynolds (4)
  • SH - J. Musgrove
  • RBI - A. Frazier (4)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Frazier (2)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Kang 2 (2), J. Bell 3 (3), P. Reyes
BATTING
  • 3B - J. Pederson (2)
  • SF - C. Taylor
  • RBI - J. Pederson 2 (18), C. Taylor (7)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Pederson 2 (11)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Seager, C. Bellinger, A. Verdugo, C. Taylor 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - C. Bellinger (5)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Tucker-Frazier-Bell)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Musgrove (L, 1-2)6.27331502.060.917.5
F. Liriano0.10000100.001.240.5
K. Crick1.00001106.001.002.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Musgrove (L, 1-2)6.2
F. Liriano0.1
K. Crick1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Kershaw (W, 1-0)7.04110802.250.7530.0
C. Ferguson0.01002003.461.69-3.0
P. Baez (H, 5)1.00000103.940.813.5
K. Jansen (S, 9)1.00000003.290.8010.0
PITCHERSIP
C. Kershaw (W, 1-0)7.0
C. Ferguson0.0
P. Baez (H, 5)1.0
K. Jansen (S, 9)1.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Musgrove (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Musgrove 99-67, F. Liriano 3-3, K. Crick 17-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Musgrove 7-7, K. Crick 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Musgrove 28, F. Liriano, K. Crick 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kershaw 101-67, C. Ferguson 17-9, P. Baez 10-7, K. Jansen 11-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kershaw 8-5, K. Jansen 1-2
  • Batters Faced - C. Kershaw 25, C. Ferguson 3, P. Baez 3, K. Jansen 3
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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J. Kang 3B30000012.169.234.380.614-0.5
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J. Bell 1B40000013.270.350.584.934-0.5
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C. Tucker SS20000111.222.276.444.7200.5
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  • a-popped out for Kang in the 8th
  • b-flied out for Reyes in the 9th
  • c-singled for Liriano in the 8th
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J. Turner 3B40100011.271.374.302.6760.5
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M. Muncy 1B41200022.232.330.463.7932.0
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C. Taylor 2B-LF10010102.172.260.250.5102.0
A. Barnes C31100002.215.342.385.7262.0
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  • a-struck out for Kershaw in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - B. Reynolds (4)
  • SH - J. Musgrove
  • RBI - A. Frazier (4)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Frazier (2)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Kang 2 (2), J. Bell 3 (3), P. Reyes
BATTING
  • 3B - J. Pederson (2)
  • SF - C. Taylor
  • RBI - J. Pederson 2 (18), C. Taylor (7)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Pederson 2 (11)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Seager, C. Bellinger, A. Verdugo, C. Taylor 2 (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - C. Bellinger (5)
FIELDING
  • DP - (Tucker-Frazier-Bell)
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J. Musgrove (L, 1-2)6.27331502.060.917.5
F. Liriano0.10000100.001.240.5
K. Crick1.00001106.001.002.5
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PITCHERSIP
J. Musgrove (L, 1-2)6.2
F. Liriano0.1
K. Crick1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Kershaw (W, 1-0)7.04110802.250.7530.0
C. Ferguson0.01002003.461.69-3.0
P. Baez (H, 5)1.00000103.940.813.5
K. Jansen (S, 9)1.00000003.290.8010.0
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PITCHERSIP
C. Kershaw (W, 1-0)7.0
C. Ferguson0.0
P. Baez (H, 5)1.0
K. Jansen (S, 9)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Musgrove (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Musgrove 99-67, F. Liriano 3-3, K. Crick 17-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Musgrove 7-7, K. Crick 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Musgrove 28, F. Liriano, K. Crick 4
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Kershaw 101-67, C. Ferguson 17-9, P. Baez 10-7, K. Jansen 11-8
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Kershaw 8-5, K. Jansen 1-2
  • Batters Faced - C. Kershaw 25, C. Ferguson 3, P. Baez 3, K. Jansen 3
  • 7TH INNING
    Pederson tripled to deep right center, Verdugo and Barnes scored13
    Taylor hit sacrifice fly to right, Muncy scored, Verdugo to second11
  • 3RD INNING
    Frazier singled to left, Reyes scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Kenley Jansen relieved Pedro Baez
    • F. Cervelli: Foul, Cervelli flied out to right
    • B. Reynolds: Strike looking, Reynolds grounded out to shortstop
    • J.B. Shuck hit for Pablo Reyes
    • J. Shuck: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Shuck flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Caleb Ferguson pitching
    • C. Tucker: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Tucker walked
    • Gregory Polanco hit for Francisco Liriano
    • G. Polanco: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Polanco singled to shallow right, Tucker to second
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Frazier walked, Tucker to third, Polanco to second
    • Pedro Baez relieved Caleb Ferguson
    • M. Cabrera: Cabrera flied out to shallow left
    • Colin Moran hit for Jung Ho Kang
    • C. Moran: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Moran popped out to third
    • J. Bell: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bell struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Kyle Crick pitching
    • J. Turner: Strike looking, Turner grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bellinger walked
    • M. Muncy: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Muncy struck out swinging, Bellinger stole second
    • A. Verdugo: Strike looking, Verdugo grounded out to pitcher
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • C. Kershaw Pitching:
    • J. Bell: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Bell grounded out to third
    • F. Cervelli: Ball, Ball, Cervelli flied out to right
    • B. Reynolds: Reynolds doubled to left center
    • P. Reyes: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Reyes grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • M. Muncy: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Muncy reached on an infield single to first
    • A. Verdugo: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Verdugo singled to right, Muncy to third
    • C. Taylor: Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt to first, Pickoff attempt to first, Taylor hit sacrifice fly to right, Muncy scored, Verdugo to second
    • A. Barnes: Barnes reached on an infield single to shortstop, Verdugo to third
    • Enrique Hernandez hit for Clayton Kershaw
    • E. Hernandez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Hernandez struck out looking
    • J. Pederson: Pickoff attempt to first, Pederson tripled to deep right center, Verdugo and Barnes scored
    • Francisco Liriano relieved Joe Musgrove
    • C. Seager: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Seager struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • C. Kershaw Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Strike looking, Frazier flied out to center
    • M. Cabrera: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
    • J. Kang: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Foul, Kang grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • C. Seager: Seager flied out to left
    • J. Turner: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Turner struck out looking
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Bellinger lined out to second
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • C. Kershaw Pitching:
    • P. Reyes: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Reyes struck out looking
    • C. Tucker: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Tucker grounded out to third
    • J. Musgrove: Musgrove grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • A. Barnes: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Barnes grounded out to third
    • C. Kershaw: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Kershaw grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Pederson: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Pederson struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • C. Kershaw Pitching:
    • J. Bell: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Bell lined out to shortstop
    • F. Cervelli: Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Cervelli struck out on foul tip
    • B. Reynolds: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Reynolds struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • J. Turner: Ball, Turner singled to left
    • C. Bellinger: Foul, Ball, Ball, Bellinger flied out to deep center, Turner to second
    • M. Muncy: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Muncy struck out swinging
    • A. Verdugo: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Verdugo reached on an infield single to second, Turner to third
    • C. Taylor: Taylor flied out to right
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • C. Kershaw Pitching:
    • P. Reyes: Reyes singled to left center
    • C. Tucker: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Tucker struck out swinging
    • J. Musgrove: Musgrove hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Reyes to second
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Frazier singled to left, Reyes scored
    • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Cabrera reached on an infield single to second, Frazier to second
    • J. Kang: Ball, Ball, Foul, Kang grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • C. Kershaw: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kershaw grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Pederson: Pederson popped out to shortstop
    • C. Seager: Ball, Seager grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • C. Kershaw Pitching:
    • J. Bell: Bell lined out to right
    • F. Cervelli: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Cervelli struck out swinging
    • B. Reynolds: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Reynolds grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • M. Muncy: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Muncy singled to right center
    • A. Verdugo: Verdugo fouled out to third
    • C. Taylor: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Ball, Taylor walked, Muncy to second
    • A. Barnes: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Barnes grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Taylor out at second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • C. Kershaw Pitching:
    • A. Frazier: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Frazier lined out to center
    • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
    • J. Kang: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Kang struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Musgrove Pitching:
    • J. Pederson: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Pederson hit by pitch
    • C. Seager: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Seager struck out swinging
    • J. Turner: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Turner reached on fielder's choice to third, Pederson out at second
    • C. Bellinger: Foul, Ball, Foul, Bellinger grounded out to second
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)