Ker­shaw cuts down Cards, Dodgers win

The Saline Courier - - SPORTS - By Joe Reedy

LOS AN­GE­LES — Clay­ton Ker­shaw con­tin­ues to be not only con­sis­tent, but dom­i­nant for the Los An­ge­les Dodgers.

The left-han­der struck out nine in seven in­nings and notched his 11th win of the sea­son as the Dodgers de­feated the St. Louis Car­di­nals 3-1 Tues­day night.

Ker­shaw (11-2) — who al­lowed only one run on four hits — has gone at least six in­nings in all 20 starts this sea­son. For as strong as that is, what he has done at Dodger Sta­dium has been even bet­ter.

The three-time NL Cy Young Award win­ner is un­beaten in 21 straight reg­u­lar-sea­son starts at home dat­ing to last sea­son, go­ing 10-0 with a 2.28 earned run av­er­age dur­ing that span.

“There are just a lot of things that make it a great place to play,” said Ker­shaw, who is 8-0 at Chavez Ravine this sea­son. “I think ev­ery team feels com­fort­able play­ing at home but there’s

some­thing dif­fer­ent about this one.”

By win­ning the first two against the Car­di­nals, the Dodgers have taken 15 of 19 se­ries on their home field and lead the ma­jors with a 45-15 mark at home.

Once that third in­ning started, he got into a rhythm. He was re­ally good. He re­ally cor­ralled those first cou­ple in­nings where it didn’t feel like he was in sync.

Ker­shaw al­lowed the Car­di­nals to get their lead­off hit­ter aboard the first three in­nings and scored first when Matt Car­pen­ter’s sin­gle drove in Paul Dejong. He set­tled down though after al­low­ing Dex­ter Fowler to be­gin the third with a sin­gle, re­tir­ing 15 of the last 16 hit­ters he faced, in­clud­ing 13 straight at one point.

“It seemed like once that third in­ning hit he got into a rhythm and his tempo picked up. He was re­ally good,” man­ager Dave Roberts said. “It seemed like he changed speeds on his slider and it had re­ally good depth. Just ef­fi­cient.”

Ker­shaw got some help from his de­fense in the sev­enth with the Dodgers hang­ing on to a 2-1 lead. Joc Ped­er­son made a run­ning catch in right field to rob An­drew Knizner of a pos­si­ble ex­tra-base hit and po­ten­tial ty­ing RBI to end the frame.

“That was a huge play. When you see a guy with your back to you go­ing with that much speed you feel like it is go­ing into the gap and it is tied,” Car­di­nals man­ager Mike Shildt said.

The Dodgers’ bullpen pitched shutout ball in the fi­nal two in­nings, but not with­out some drama. The Car­di­nals had the bases loaded with two outs in the eighth, but Pe­dro Baez struck out Dejong.

Ken­ley Jansen pitched the ninth to earn his 26th save.

Justin Turner had two hits, in­clud­ing a dou­ble in the third in­ning that plated Ped­er­son with what proved to be the go-ahead run in the third in­ning. Ped­er­son led off the in­ning with a sin­gle.

Los An­ge­les tied it in the bot­tom of the sec­ond when Kristo­pher Ne­grón’s bloop sin­gle to cen­ter drove in Corey Sea­ger, who started off the frame with a dou­ble.

Los An­ge­les ex­tended its lead to 3-1 in the sev­enth when Max Muncy’s sin­gle brought in Ed­win Rios.

Miles Miko­las (7-12) went 6.2 in­nings and sur­ren­dered two runs on six hits with seven strike­outs. The Car­di­nals have dropped four straight and 5 of 7.

“You had two guys that pitched very well,” Shildt said. “We came up short. We weren’t able to get the big hit and couldn’t do much with run­ners in scor­ing po­si­tion.”

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES

The Dodgers had a se­v­engame homer streak snapped. ... Ne­grón is 9 for 23 (.391) with two home runs and six RBIS in seven games since join­ing the Dodgers, who ac­quired him from Seat­tle on July 28 . ... Car­di­nals CF Dex­ter Fowler, who came into the game 1 for 23 lead­ing off this sea­son, went 2 for 4.

TRAINER’S ROOM Dodgers: RHP Ross Stripling (right bi­ceps ten­dini­tis) was slated to be­gin a re­hab as­sign­ment Tues­day, but that has been de­layed due to neck sore­ness. He will re­sume throw­ing some­time the next cou­ple days . ... LHP Hyun-jin Ryu (neck sore­ness) is on track to come off the in­jured list Sun­day and start the se­ries fi­nale against Ari­zona.

Car­di­nals: C Yadier Molina (thumb) was in St. Louis to be eval­u­ated be­fore con­tin­u­ing his re­hab as­sign­ment at Dou­ble-a Spring­field on Thurs­day. Molina home­red dur­ing Mon­day’s game for Triple-a Mem­phis.

UP NEXT

Car­di­nals: Bur­bank na­tive Jack Fla­herty (5-6, 3.93 ERA) makes his sec­ond ca­reer start at Dodger Sta­dium. The right-han­der took a no-hit­ter into the sixth in­ning last year be­fore it was bro­ken up by a Joc Ped­er­son homer.

Dodgers: Dustin May

(0-1, 4.76) makes his sec­ond ma­jor league start. The right-han­der went 5.2 in­nings against San Diego on Aug. 2 and al­lowed four runs (three earned) on nine hits.

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