It was Talk Like a Pirate Day, after all.
Kershaw struck out nine in seven innings, and was greeted with a leadoff double by Gregory Polanco to begin the eighth, Kershaw's fourth time through the batting order. The double came on Kershaw's 100th pitch, and he was lifted in favor of Chris Hatcher in a tie game.
After a ground out and an intentional walk, Aramis Ramirez doubled off Hatcher to left center field, driving in Polanco with what would be the game-winning run.
The Dodgers got to Francisco Liriano right away in the first inning, with usual suspect Justin Ruggiano delivering his fifth hit in his last six at-bats leading off a game for the Dodgers. After a wild pitch Howie Kendrick, in his first game back after missing nearly six weeks with a hamstring strain, singled to right field to bring home Ruggiano for a 1-0 lead.
Liriano settled down, and then some after that, retiring 16 straight at one point, including five consecutive strikeouts.
He kept the Dodgers at bay after Andrew McCutchen give Pittsburgh the lead with a well-placed double down the right field line in the third inning, a two-out hit against Kershaw that drove home two runs.
The Dodgers rallied against Liriano in the seventh inning, with A.J. Ellis grounding a ball just inside third base for a double to tie the game at 2-2. The Dodgers would load the bases with one out in the inning, but pinch hitter Austin Barnes grounded into a double play to end the frame.
Justin Turner, who doubled in the first inning, left the game after six innings with left knee soreness, replaced by Alex Guerrero at third base.
Home runs: none
WP - Francisco Liriano (11-7): 7 IP, 5 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks, 9 strikeouts
LP - Clayton Kershaw (14-7): 7+ IP, 7 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks, 8 strikeouts
Sv - Mark Melancon (47): 3 up, 3 down