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Kershaw + Kemp + Kenley = Another Saturday Night Win

Watch it Shane, I am much bigger than you are.
Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE
Watch it Shane, I am much bigger than you are. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

For the first time this season, Chad Billingsley and Clayton Kershaw recorded wins in back to back times through their starting rotation.

After breezing through 3 innings, Kershaw labored through 48 pitches in the next two innings. In the top of the 4th, Barney singled and then moved to second on a fielder's choice. Soriano hit a fly ball double to the gap that scored Barney to give the Cubs a 1-0.

In the bottom of the 4th, Mark Ellis singled to right and then Matt Kemp hit one of his moon shots that sent the Joe Mather running to right-center. As he got there he put his glove up and deflected the ball over the wall for a two run home run.

Kershaw bounced back to complete 2 more innings, going out for a pinch-hitterafter pitching 7 innings. He allowed 1 run on 3 hits, 2 walks and struck out 7. Kershaw may have wanted one more crack at Volstad as he also had two singles in his two times at the plate.

Chris Volstad pitched his best game of this season also going 7, allowing 2 runs, 6 hits, 1 home run, 1 walk and 3 strikeouts.

Ronald Belisario had a pleasant inning, two slow rollers and a swinging strikeout for the three batters he faced.

In the bottom of the 8th, Shane Victorino had a leg double, with one out Kemp was walked intentionally and then Ethier hit into a force play. Lefty James Russell, who had come in to pitch to Ethier, pitched to Hanley Ramirez with a base available and Loney on deck. Ramirez hit a hard grounder that went under Starlin Castro's glove and Victorino scored their third run.

Kenley Jansen, who had not pitched in a save situation since last Friday night in San Francisco came in the 9th to record his 21st save, he struck out the last 2 batters.

One quick roster note - in his second rehab start for the Quakes, Rubby De La Rosa pitched 2 innings against the same team he faced on Sunday, Lake Elsinore. Ken Gurnick reported his outing was cut short due a delay at the game of at least 20 minutes for an injury to one of the umpires. De La Rosa's 2 innings included 1 walk and 4 strikeouts.

Tonight's Particulars

Home Runs: Matt Kemp (16)

WP - Clayton Kershaw (9-6) 7 innings, 3 hits, 1 run, 2 walks, 7 strikeouts

LP - Chris Volstad (0-8) 7 innings, 6 hits, 2 runs, 1 home run, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts

Save - Kenley Jansen (21) 1 inning, 2 strikeouts