National League Game Summary - Los Angeles at Philadelphia|
(Saturday, August 17th)
Final Score: Los Angeles 5, Philadelphia 0
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly
made himself an unwanted guest in the eighth inning.
Mattingly might have spent three seconds on Clayton Kershaw's mound before the
starter, with a quick shake of the head and with few words out of his unphased
mouth, rerouted his manager back to the dugout, assuring him he was fine.
Kershaw, dominant like he had been all night, struck out Carlos Ruiz to escape
his only jam of the evening and finish another stellar outing, a 5-0 win
against the Philadelphia Phillies in the second of a three-game series.
The left-handed Kershaw (12-7) won for the fourth time in five decisions after
tossing eight scoreless innings, in which he held the Phillies to three hits
and struck out eight.
Kershaw lowered his ERA to a major league-best 1.80. He also moved atop the
National League with his 182nd strikeout and leads the league with 190 1/3
He also picked up an RBI double to send the Dodgers to their season-best 10th
straight win and the 25th victory in Los Angeles' last 28 games.
Kyle Kendrick (10-10), who owned a 6.09 ERA over his previous 12 starts
heading into Saturday, was a hard-luck loser after giving up two runs -- one
earned -- on seven hits in six innings as the Phillies fell to 5-21 since the
The Dodgers quickly jumped in front in the first inning. Carl Crawford led off
with an infield single and moved to second on Yasiel Puig's base hit. Adrian
Gonzalez grounded a ball past first baseman John Mayberry Jr., ruled an error,
to score Crawford. Kendrick proceeded to hit Hanley Ramirez, but escaped the
threat without any more damage with a 1-2-3 double play and a groundout.
Los Angeles added to its lead in the fifth. Juan Uribe smoked a one-out double
to right field and Kershaw sliced a double down the left-field line to give
the Dodgers a 2-0 lead.
Meanwhile, Kershaw cruised. He was perfect through four innings until Domonic
Brown led off the fifth with a single. The Phillies did not put a runner in
scoring position until Casper Wells lined a one-out double to left field in
the eighth. After Kershaw walked Mayberry, he got Erik Kratz to pop up and got
Ruiz fishing on a curveball in the dirt for strike three.
The Dodgers put the game away in the ninth. Luis Garcia walked A.J. Ellis and
hit Skip Schumaker before Uribe made him pay with a long, three-run home run
to left field.
Los Angeles won for the 42nd time in 50 games, the third-best 50-game stretch
in major league history. The 1906 Chicago Cubs won 45, the 1912 New York
Giants won 43, and the 1941 New York Yankees and 1942 St. Louis Cardinals each
won 42 ... The Dodgers have not won 11 games in a row since doing so from July
28-August 8, 2006 ... Los Angeles won for the 19th time in its last 20 road
games ... The Dodgers recorded their second straight shutout and lead the
majors with 16 overall ... Kershaw has allowed one earned run or fewer in 15
of 26 starts ... Kershaw picked up his first win against the Phillies after
nine starts. The only NL foe Kershaw has not beaten is the Atlanta Braves
(four starts) ... Philadelphia starting pitchers have two wins over their last
29 weekend starts (Saturday or Sunday) ... The Phillies have been shutout 12
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