Big Inning Backs Kershaw, Dodgers Beat Rockies 6-0

The Dodgers got a strong performance out of Clayton Kershaw, and a streak-breaking offensive outburst in the fifth inning to cruise to a 6-0 win in the opening game of their three-game series with the Rockies.

Kershaw was fantastic, allowing eight baserunners (five hits and three walks) to go with his six strikeouts in his seven scoreless innings. The top two hitters in Colorado's batting order, Eric Young Jr. and Dexter Fowler, did their job, with four hits in six at-bats plus two walks against Kershaw, while the rest of the lineup had just one hit in 20 at-bats, with one walk against the Dodger starter. Kershaw has allowed just two runs in three starts against the Rockies this season, spanning 20 innings.

In the fifth inning, the Dodgers had a few streaks in play that has been weighing down the offense. Their catching duo of Brad Ausmus and A.J. Ellis had a streak of 15 hitless at-bats (and four hits in 41 at-bats since Russell Martin went down) before Ellis lined a single past the breaking-for-second Troy Tulowitzki. A sacrifice by Kershaw put runners and second and third base with one out, and Scott Podsednik lined an opposite field double to break the scoreless tie. It was the Dodgers' first hit with runners in scoring position since last Thursday in Philadelphia, when an eighth inning single by Jamey Carroll gave the team a hefty 9-2 lead. Podsednik's double snapped an 0-for-26 skid with runners in scoring position.

Podsednik's hit opened the floodgates, as James Loney added a two-run double, and was followed by an RBI single by Casey Blake to give the Dodgers a 5-0 lead. They added some insurance with an unearned run in the eighth inning.

Jonathan Broxton entered the game in the ninth inning, and received a smattering of boos, per a few tweets from the press box (Ramona Shelburne, Jimmy Bramlett, and Troy Renck), in his first home game since losing his job as the closer. Broxton then retired the side in order on nine pitches to finish the game.

Notes

  • The 116 pitches thrown by Kershaw tonight were one short of his season high. He has thrown 117 pitches three different times, and is averaging 105.4 pitches per start on the season, 11th highest in the National League
  • Since the All-Star break, the Dodgers have averaged 3.46 runs per game at Dodger Stadium, and 2.94 runs per contest on the road.
  • The Rockies have alternated wins and losses in their last 14 games
  • Manny Ramirez will begin a rehab assignment Wednesday in San Bernardino, as the 66ers host Lake Elsinore, writes Ramona Shelburne of ESPN LA. Rafael Furcal will not be joining Manny, as Furcal had a setback today.
  • The Dodgers extended their affiliation agreement with the rookie league Ogden Raptors today, through 2014, just as they had done earlier this month with both Double A Chattanooga and Class A Great Lakes.
  • Hiroki Kuroda and Jason Hammel will do battle in game two tomorrow night

WP - Clayton Kershaw (11-7):  7 IP, 5 hits, 3 walks, 6 strikeouts

LP - Jhoulys Chacin (5-9):  5 IP, 5 hits, 5 runs, 5 walks, 4 strikeouts

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