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Clayton Kershaw does it all in shutout

Clayton Kershaw drove in the only run as he twirled a three-hit shutout to lead the Dodgers to a 1-0 defeat of the Padres Sunday afternoon.

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LOS ANGELES -- Clayton Kershaw took control of this game right after he threw his first strike to Jon Jay of the San Diego Padres to start the game. Kershaw would go on strike out the side and that was just the beginning of his dominance.

By the time the game ended, all Kershaw did was pitch a complete game 1-0 shutout to end the Dodgers six-game losing streak. Kershaw also drove in the one run that was plated in this game.

Kershaw allowed three hits and struck out 14 while walking none. This was his 15th game with double-digit strikeouts and no walks.

During the game, Kershaw retired the first 14 batters in a row until Alexei Ramirez punched a ball by Adrian Gonzalez for a hit. Ramirez tried to stretch into a double only to be foiled by a throw by Yasiel Puig that got him at second.

The Padres didn't see a three-ball count until the seventh. That was also the only inning when Kershaw pitched with runners on base. Wil Myers hit a ground ball just to the right of second but the Dodgers were in a shift so that went though for a hit.

Matt Kemp followed with a short fly ball to right, Myers moved to third. Kershaw then struck out Melvin Upton, Jr and got Derek Norris to fly out to end the threat.

The Dodgers scored their first run n the third inning, With one out, A.J. Ellis doubled to center. Clayton Kershaw followed with a ground single to center. Ellis scored with Kershaw being caught in a rundown after the throw was cut-off by the first baseman Wil Myers.

Drew Pomeranz pitched nearly as well as Kershaw. In seven innings, Pomeranz allowed only that one run, three hits, one walk and struck out five.

Up next

Dodgers play their first inter-league series of the season as they travel to Tampa to take on the Rays. Scott Kazmir plays the role of old friend against Matt Moore. First pitch is at 4:10 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

Sunday particulars

WP - Clayton Kershaw (3-1), Complete game shutout, 3 hits, 14 strikeouts

LP - Drew Pomeranz (2-3), 7 IP, 3 hits, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts