Ker­shaw loses de­spite solid start

He gives up one earned run in seven in­nings but drops third con­sec­u­tive start.

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - MI­AMI 3, DODGERS 2 By Dy­lan Her­nan­dez MI­AMI — Clay­ton Ker­shaw was calm as he tried to find the words to de­scribe

what he was feel­ing.

“I’m fine,” he said in a low voice. “Yeah, I mean, it never feels good to lose.” Ker­shaw paused. “I mean, yeah, I’m fine,” he con­tin­ued. “It’s OK.”

For the first time in his eight-year ca­reer, Ker­shaw has lost three con­sec­u­tive starts, most re­cently Satur­day in the Dodgers’ 3-2 de­feat to the Mi­ami Mar­lins.

That’s the same num­ber

of times he lost in 27 starts last sea­son. His sea­son record is 5-6. If it was any con­so­la­tion, the latest de­feat was a ref lec­tion of how the Dodgers’ played de­fense, not of how Ker­shaw pitched.

Of the three runs he gave up over seven in­nings, only one was earned.

“You re­ally can’t ask Clay­ton to pitch a whole lot bet­ter,” Man­ager Don Mat­tingly said.

The Mar­lins, who learned ear­lier in the day that ma­jor league home run leader Gian­carlo Stan­ton would be side­lined for four to six weeks be­cause of a bro­ken hand, scored twice in the first in­ning.

Field­ing a sin­gle by Adeiny Hechavar­ria, right fielder An­dre Ethier tried to throw out Chris­tian Yelich as he ad­vanced from first base to third. Ethier’s throw ended up in a cam­era well next to the Mar­lins dugout, which al­lowed Yelich to score for a 1-1 tie. Hechavar­ria ad­vanced to third.

Ker­shaw ac­knowl­edged he was partly to blame for Ethier’s er­ror, be­cause he was sup­posed to be back­ing up third base­man Justin Turner.

“I kind of stopped,” Ker­shaw said. “I was go­ing over there and I stopped be­cause I saw it on the ground. I should have just kept go­ing, ob­vi­ously.”

Hechavar­ria scored on the at­bat that fol­lowed, as Ker­shaw un­corked a wild pitch.

Catcher Yas­mani Gran­dal was mys­ti­fied by how he failed to block the ball.

“I thought that ball was right un­der me,” Gran­dal said. “I thought it hit me ex­actly where it needs to hit. Then it rolls right un­der me.” The Dodgers were down, 2-1. Their deficit was ex­tended to 3-1 in the sec­ond in­ning when pitcher Tom Koehler hit a line drive at rookie cen­ter fielder Joc Ped­er­son, who dropped the ball, al­low­ing J.T. Real­muto to score. Mat­tingly ex­cused the mis­take. “That’s that ball that’s hit right at you,” Mat­tingly said. “A line drive’s prob­a­bly the tough­est one be­cause that ball has the ten­dency to take off a lit­tle bit.”

Ped­er­son wasn’t as kind in his self-ap­praisal.

“Just dropped it,” Ped­er­son said. “I messed up and I lost the game for us.”

The Dodgers closed the gap to 3-2 in the fourth in­ning when Adrian Gon­za­lez sin­gled in Howie Ken­drick.

Ethier fol­lowed, with two on and no outs, and lined a ball that was head­ing into right field, only for it to be snagged out of the air by sec­ond base­man Dee Gor­don.

The Dodgers nearly tied the score in the at-bat that fol­lowed.

Gran­dal hit a hard grounder that Hechavar­ria back­handed and shov­eled the ball to Gor­don at sec- ond base. Gor­don turned the dou­ble play to end the in­ning.

With the Dodgers’ win­ning streak about to end at three games, Ker­shaw could only take sat­is­fac­tion in small vic­to­ries.

With run­ners at the corners in the sev­enth in­ning, Ker­shaw struck out Hechavar­ria, Mar­cell Ozuna and Jeff Baker in a row.

“That was great,” Ker­shaw said. “That felt good to get out of that, for sure.”

J Pat Carter As­so­ci­ated Press

DODGERS THIRD BASE­MAN Justin Turner can’t grab an er­rant throw from right fielder An­dre Ethier, al­low­ing Mi­ami’s Chris­tian Yelich to score on the play.

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