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Clayton Kershaw’s finish game, 15 K’s lift Dodgers to brush of opposition Giants

LOS ANGELES — Once Dodgers manager Don Mattingly crossed a tainted line though signaling a bullpen in a ninth inning, Clayton Kershaw knew he was protected to finish off a San Francisco Giants.

Mattingly wanted to check on his ace, who after rolling by a initial 5 innings, gave adult dual two-out hits.

Kershaw positive Mattingly he was only excellent and he valid it, distinguished out Marlon Byrd to tighten out a 2-1 feat Wednesday night that increasing a Dodgers’ NL West lead to 6½ games.

“These guys are good hitters,” Kershaw said. “They done me work a final inning. It’s really opposite than a normal diversion given you’re personification a group behind you.”

Wednesday’s Top 5: Clayton Kershaw is a male as Dodgers sweep

Clayton Kershaw’s latest masterpiece, that might good have stranded a flare in a Giants, was baseball’s tip opening on Wednesday.

Kershaw struck out 15 to set a deteriorate career high with 251 and Chase Utley strike a go-ahead homer in a sixth to finish a three-game brush of a Giants.

“I’m certain they’re happy now,” Giants second baseman Kelby Tomlinson said, “but hopefully we can put it together and be a ones celebrating during a end.”

The second-place Giants’ fifth true detriment left them confronting their largest multiplication necessity of a season. All 3 defeats to a Dodgers were by one run and they have scored only 11 runs during their skid.

“Stranger things have happened,” pronounced Giants manager Bruce Bochy, who was ejected for a second true game. “Trust me. There’s a lot of ball left.”

Kershaw (12-6) kick a Giants for a initial time in 4 starts this season. He authorised one run and 6 hits and walked one on a career high-tying 132 pitches for his third finish diversion of a season.

“That’s what we wish to see from one of your horses,” catcher Yasmani Grandal said. “He wanted to finish out a game.”

Kershaw leads a National League in strikeouts, heading his career-best of 248 set in 2011. His 15 strikeouts tied a career high after carrying 14 opposite a Cubs in his prior start.

“He had 15 strikeouts? Wow,” Mattingly said. “He laid a gauntlet down in a clarity that it’s that time of year. If we got these guys down during all we wish to keep them there.”

Kershaw combined torment for a throng of 41,648 that was on a feet in a ninth. With dual outs, a Giants put a restraining and go-ahead runs on bottom after Matt Duffy and Buster Posey had uninterrupted singles. Kershaw pumped his arms after distinguished out Byrd.

“We’re a good group and we’re starting to play like that day in and day out,” Kershaw said. “We can’t relax, we got to keep a feet on a gas pedal.”

Kershaw became a initial NL pitcher to strike out 250 batters in a deteriorate given Tim Lincecum of a Giants fanned 261 in 2009.

“He only battered a strike zone,” Bochy said. “We were behind in a count it seemed like each hitter. He’s got some weapons out there.”

Mike Leake (9-7) gave adult dual runs and 5 hits in 7 innings, struck out 3 and walked none. He is winless in 5 starts given a Giants acquired him from Cincinnati on Jul 30.

“He’s going to keep it to a one-run game,” Leake pronounced of Kershaw. “It’s not combined stress, though it’s a fun challenge. Unfortunately, we came out on a losing end.”

Kershaw’s opening gave a Dodgers’ oft-shaky bullpen a rest after it came adult large in a series’ initial dual games, a 5-4, 14-inning win Monday and a 2-1 feat Tuesday.

Utley’s initial homer as a Dodger put a group forward for good, 2-1.

The Giants tied a diversion 1-all in a sixth on an RBI singular by Angel Pagan.

Los Angeles led 1-0 on Carl Crawford‘s RBI double in a second.

Bochy was ejected in a cave after Brandon Belt struck out heading off a eighth. He claimed it was a checked representation and appealed to third-base referee Mike Winters, who tossed Bochy before a manager came onto a margin to disagree in person.


Giants: RHP Matt Cain (elbow haughtiness irritation) will representation a integrate of rehab innings Friday during Triple A-Sacramento. … INF Joe Panik (low behind inflammation) will start his rehab army Thursday during Sacramento. He’s expected to play 3 games there and presumably re-join a group for a array during Arizona subsequent week.

Dodgers: INF Howie Kendrick, on a DL given Aug. 20 with a stretched left hamstring, is still not prepared to return.


Kershaw’s 15 strikeouts were a many by a pitcher in any diversion opposite a Giants given Houston’s Nolan Ryan had 16 on Sept. 9, 1987. Kershaw softened to 1-2 with a 2.76 ERA in 4 starts opposite San Francisco.


Posey went 3-for-4, lifting his career normal to .233 opposite Kershaw, who he has faced some-more than any other pitcher in his career. Posey is attack .429 with a double, 3 homers and 11 RBIs in 15 games opposite a Dodgers this season.


Giants: RHP Ryan Vogelsong (9-10, 4.19 ERA) starts a opener of a four-game array during Colorado, where he is 3-3 with a 7.14 ERA in 6 career starts. He’s done it by a sixth inning only once in his past 7 starts.

Dodgers: RHP Mat Latos (4-9, 4.76) starts a opener of a four-game array during San Diego. He is 0-2 in 4 career starts opposite a Padres with a 2.08 ERA while holding batters to a .189 average.

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