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Clayton Kershaw cruises through 5 scoreless innings in 3rd spring start

Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

SCOTTSDALE -- Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was so efficient in his outing on Sunday against the Rockies that he went an extra frame, pitching five scoreless innings in the team's 6-4 win over the Rockies at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.

Kershaw allowed just two hits and a walk in his five scoreless frames, striking out three. After lasting two and three innings, respectively in his first two Cactus League starts, Kershaw was at just 48 pitches through four innings on Sunday, so he went out for the fifth inning as well.

One batter reached on a throwing error by shortstop Kiké Hernandez, but Kershaw was able to induce three other ground ball outs in the inning to end his day. Of the four runners that reached base against him, Kershaw even picked off one for good measure.

Kershaw has allowed one run on eight hits in 10 Cactus League innings, with 10 strikeouts and three walks.

He also hit for the first time this spring on Sunday, and in his first plate appearance — the first by a Dodgers pitcher all spring — he drew a four-pitch walk from Jordan Lyles. Kershaw ended up with three plate appearances, including two before the Rockies had their ninth-place hitter bat for the first time on Sunday.

All those at-bats were thanks to the Dodgers plating three runs in both the second and third innings, with held up for the win. Scott Van Slyke homered, Andre Ethier tripled, Joc Pederson hit a two-run single, and Cody Bellinger doubled in both of his at-bats, improving to 8-for-16 (.500) on the spring.

Yimi Garcia pitched a scoreless inning after Kershaw, the fourth scoreless inning in four appearances for Garcia this spring.

Alex Guerrero played for the first time since March 4, and got a pinch-hit single to center field in the eighth inning. He is 3-for-6 this spring.

Up next

The Dodgers are back at Camelback Ranch, where they will play seven games in the next eight days, including on Monday afternoon against the Brewers. With Scott Kazmir set to start a 'B' game in the morning against the White Sox, Mike Bolsinger will start for the Dodgers in the 'A' game on Monday afternoon, manager Dave Roberts announced after Sunday's game.

Wily Peralta will start for Milwaukee.