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Clayton Kershaw reaches 200 strikeouts for 5th straight year

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Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

LOS ANGELES -- Clayton Kershaw struck out Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth to end the sixth inning on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium. It was the sixth strikeout of the night for the Dodgers ace and his 200th this season.

It is the fifth consecutive season with 200 or more strikeouts for Kershaw, one behind Sandy Koufax (1961-66) for the most in franchise history. In fact, Koufax and Don Drysdale are the only Dodgers with more 200-strikeout seasons overall (six) than Kershaw's five.

That Kershaw even reached 200 strikeouts this season might have seemed unthinkable when he missed five weeks earlier in the season on the disabled list with a teres muscle strain. Through Tuesday, Kershaw is at 169⅓ innings on the season.

Since the start of the 2010 season, Kershaw's 1,123 strikeouts are the most in baseball, 25 more than Felix Hernandez of the Mariners.

Kershaw ended his night with eight strikeouts in eight innings, giving him 202 punchouts on the season. Stephen Strasburg of the Nationals leads the National League with 210 strikeouts.