In the 192nd start of Kershaw's brilliant career, he struck out 15 and walked none. The strikeouts set a new career high for Kershaw, who has an absurd 86 strikeouts against only eight walks all season.
The only runner to reach base against Kershaw did so by error, an errant throw by Hanley Ramirez to lead off the seventh inning, allowing Corey Dickerson to reach. But that was but a speed bump for Kershaw, who stranded him at third and won his fourth straight start.
The Dodgers jumped on Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa early, scoring two runs in a 28-pitch first inning. They added a pair of RBI doubles from Adrian Gonzalez and Matt Kemp to make it 4-0, then loaded the bases. Miguel Rojas collected the first extra-base hit of his career at an opportune time, driving in three runs to blow the game wide open in the third inning.
The Dodgers have struggled all season with the bases loaded and even after the Rojas hit are 7-for-46 on the season, hitting .152/.180/.239. But in their last three at-bats with the bases loaded they have gotten doubles by Dan Haren and Rojas.
But the night belonged to Kershaw. More to come.
Home runs: none
Stolen base: Dee Gordon (37)
WP - Clayton Kershaw (7-2): 9 IP, 0 hits, 15 strikeouts
LP - Jorge De La Rosa (6-6): 3⅓ IP, 6 hits, 8 runs (7 earned), 5 walks, 1 strikeout