Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers continued their respective rolls on Saturday night with a 5-0 victory over the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. The victory was the 10th straight for the Dodgers, who reached double digits in a winning streak for the eighth time since moving to Los Angeles.
Dodgers pitchers have a streak of 27 consecutive scoreless innings, dating back to Wednesday against the Mets.
The Dodgers are just the fifth team since 1900 with 42 wins in a 50-game span, and the first in 71 years. They are a ridiculous 25-3 since the All-Star break.
Kershaw retired the first 12 batters of the game, his second straight start taking a no-hitter into the fifth inning. He allowed a single to Domonic Brown to break up the perfect game, but Kershaw promptly picked him off.
The Dodgers put the first four runners on base against Kyle Kendrick, but after plating one run couldn't further cash in the golden opportunity in the opening inning. Andre Ethier hit into a double play and A.J. Ellis grounded out to end the frame.
In the next two innings the Dodgers shot themselves in the foot on the bases. Juan Uribe singled in the second inning but after an errant pick-off throw from Kendrick he was thrown out easily at third base trying to advance two bases. Yasiel Puig doubled with one out in the third but — with cleanup hitter Hanley Ramirez waiting on deck — was thrown out trying to advance to third base on a fly ball to shallow center field.
The Dodgers hit into four double plays in the first five innings, though Kershaw was able to help himself with an RBI double in the fifth inning for a 2-0 lead.
That lead was plenty for Kershaw, who won his 12th game of the year, and his first win against the Phillies in nine career starts. He has lasted at least seven innings in 21 of 26 starts this season, has lasted at least eight innings in seven of his last 10 starts, and leads MLB averaging 7.32 innings per start.
The Phillies didn't get a runner to second base until the eighth inning. Philadelphia put the tying runs in scoring position in the eighth inning, but Kershaw escaped the jam with a strikeout of longtime Dodger nemesis Carlos Ruiz.
In his last 74 starts, dating back to July 7, 2011, Kershaw's ERA is a minuscule 1.99
Uribe unloaded off Luis Garcia in the ninth inning for a three-run home run to put the game away. It finished a perfect night for Uribe, who homered, doubled, singled and walked in his four plate appearances.
The Dodgers go for the sweep on Sunday and a win streak of Spinal Tap proportions, with Ricky Nolasco on the hill. Left-hander Cole Hamels starts for Philadelphia in the 10:35 a.m. PT contest.
Home runs: Juan Uribe (7)
WP - Clayton Kershaw (12-7): 8 IP, 3 hits, 1 walk, 8 strikeouts
LP - Kyle Kendrick (10-10): 6 IP, 7 hits, 2 runs, 1 strikeout