Dodgers Wrap: Kershaw picks up 14th victory in win over Rockies
LOS ANGELES – It wasn’t his best start of the year but Clayton Kershaw was good enough against the Colorado Rockies, limiting them to one run over seven innings in a 4-1 Dodger victory.
Kershaw needed 105 pitches to get through seven innings and gave up two walks but just three hits.
The Dodger offense struggled early, striking out 12 times, but managed to scrape together two runs through five innings to allow Kershaw to leave with the lead. Corey Seager and Justin Turner each had doubles among the Dodgers eight hits. Seager had two hits on the night, his first game played at Dodger Stadium, to raise his average to .432.
Yasmani Grandal also had two hits on the night. It was Turner’s fifth-inning double that plated the go-ahead run. Rookie Scott Schebler provided some insurance in the bottom of the eighth inning with a two-run home run, his third of the year.
Kershaw has not lost since June 27 and lowered his ERA to 2.12.
At the plate
Joc Pederson led off the first inning with a popup that dropped in between four Rockies in shallow right-center field. He did not advance because he was picked off. Seager smoked a double into the right field gap in his first Dodger Stadium at bat, sending Andre Ethier to third base. Ethier then scored on Grandal’s sacrifice fly. Schebler struck out with two men on to end the fourth inning.
Chase Utley drew a two-out walk in the fifth inning, moved to third on a gapper by Adrian Gonzalez and scored on a Turner double. The Rockies changed pitchers and Scott Van Slyke came on to pinch-hit for Ethier and drew a walk. With the bases loaded, Seager flew out.
A leadoff single by Grandal in the sixth was wasted as the Dodgers did not pick up another run.
On the mound
Kershaw struggled in the opening frame, needing 22 pitches to get through the inning while allowing a run on a walk and a hit. He struck out the side in the second inning. He didn’t allow a second hit until the fifth inning on a roller that got past him but was too slow for Utley to turn into an out.
He was pulled after seven innings, giving up three hits and two walks on 105 pitches. Luis Avilan and Juan Nicasio struck out the side in the eighth and Chris Hatcher closed it out for his third save of the year.
In the field
Seager fielded two grounders in his first two chances at Dodger Stadium. Pederson saved a run in the first inning by tracking down a line drive headed for the wall with a man on third and two outs. Kershaw put his foot in the path of a come backer that then bounced toward Utley, who threw out the runner. Gonzalez reached into the stands to grab a foul ball and held it as a fan tried to wrestle it away from him.
On the base paths
Pederson was picked off of first base in the first inning, his seventh caught stealing in 10 attempts.
Lefty Brett Anderson (9-8, 3.36 ERA) starts for the Dodgers against left-hander Chris Rusin (5-8, 5.14 ERA) in the second game of the series with Colorado on Tuesday. The game starts at 7 p.m. on SportsNet LA.