Clayton Kershaw earns 20th career win against rival Giants

Frederick Owens
May 19, 2017

Emotions ran high as Clayton Kershaw threw seven shutout innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 6-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday afternoon at AT&T Park.

The three-time Cy Young Award victor allowed just three singles in seven shutout innings, and the Dodgers scored five times in six innings against Johnny Cueto to derail San Francisco's hopes of its first series sweep this season. He lowered his career ERA against the Giants to 1.62.

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The rematch was a mismatch.

"He smelled blood", said Dodgers' manager Dave Roberts about Kershaw wanting to get back on the mound with a three-run lead during the commotion.

Kershaw (7-2) allowed singles to Justin Ruggiano, Buster Posey and pinch-hitter Nick Hundley in his seven innings.

The first pitch Friday night will be at 5:15 PDT. The right-hander lost for only the sixth time in 25 starts against the NL West since joining the Giants before the 2016 season and just the first time in six starts at AT&T Park since a defeat against the Diamondbacks here last August 30. After seven straight quality starts by Giants pitchers, Cueto (4-3) struggled early and often.

Ahead 3-0, the Dodgers broke the game open in the sixth with another two-run uprising that featured Puig's two-out single against Giants starter Johnny Cueto.

Grandal said he and Cueto settled matters when Cueto came to the plate in the bottom of the third.

The Milwaukee Brewers downed the San Diego Padres 3-1, the Seattle Mariners shut out the Oakland Athletics 4-0 and the Los Angeles Angels were too good for the Chicago White Sox 12-8. 2B Joe Panik was not in the starting lineup.

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Cueto threw an up and in pitch at Grandal in the third inning, perhaps in response to the potentially alleged sign stealing.

Both benches emptied, some players from both sides not really knowing why but going through the ritual of macho posturing required of them.

Justin Wilson allowed two baserunners in the ninth but retired Adam Jones and Manny Machado for his third save in four chances.

Mitch Moreland doubled with two outs in the 13th and Bradley was intentionally walked before Young singled to left-center off Sam Tuivailala (2-1). He walked five and struck out two. With the Giants having won five straight, they're worth a roll of the dice at home with a sweep of the Dodgers on the line.

To make room on the roster for Melancon, the Giants optioned infielder Kelby Tomlinson to Triple-A Sacramento. "The thing I do like about this team is the sense of confidence".

The Giants are adding home run king Barry Bonds' name to their Wall of Fame, with a plaque to be unveiled July 8.

There was the defense, particularly rookie Christian Arroyo, who made a pair of stellar plays in his first start at second base.

Mike Foltynewicz (2-4) went six innings for the win, allowing three runs. He's got great instincts. Bochy admitted he's looked at Kershaw when scheduling Belt's off days. Belt is 3 for 51 career against Kershaw.

"We've got to be happy with it", Posey said.

Aaron Hill (right forearm strain) went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in a rehab assignment Tuesday night with the Class A San Jose Giants at Visalia.

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