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Clayton Kershaw rounding into form in 8-5 win

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Kershaw wins first game since June, Gavin Lux continues hot hitting

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Cincinnati Reds David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

A potent combination of Clayton Kershaw and home runs led to a 8-5 win and the Dodgers taking two of three against the Reds. It did get dramatic toward the end when the Reds made it a two-run game in the 8th inning but then the Dodgers tacked on a couple of runs in the ninth inning.

Kenley Jansen did give up a solo home run to Joey Votto but otherwise continued his recent fine pitching picking up two strikeouts his inning of work.

Neither team had homered in the first two games but that was not the case today as the Dodgers hit three and the Reds countered with two home runs.

Will Smith started the scoring with a solo home run in the second and then minutes later, Gavin Lux drove a ball over the right-center field wall for a two-run homer.

The scoring continued in the third inning, Lux singled home the fourth run and later that inning, Corey Seager hit a two-run homer for a 6-0 lead.

Meanwhile, Kershaw was on his game from the start and he struck out five in his first three innings. After giving up a run in the fourth inning, he would strike out three of his last four batters faced to finish up with five innings in the books on 74 pitches thrown.

Tony Gonsolin was not as sharp as was in his appearance. The Reds scored three runs against him in 2⅓ innings pitched. Blake Treinen did give up the last run when he came in to work out of the 8th inning Reds comeback.

The Dodgers were able to get some breathing room in the 9th, a Kyle Farmer throwing error scored one and then Seager bringing in the last run on a bases-loaded walk.

Memorable home run for fan too

TJ Friedl first major league hit was his home run against Gonsolin in the 6th inning. So while that will always be a treasured memory for Friedl, Mookie Betts made sure the fan who caught that ball will remember it fondly too.

Childhood buddies

Clayton Kershaw won his 10th game of the season as he works his way back from his IL stint. He’ll make his next start in Arizona next weekend.

Meanwhile in Indianapolis, Matthew Stafford, the Los Angeles Rams quarterback and Kershaw’s childhood friend and teammate rallied his team to their second straight win to open the season.

Sunday particulars

Home runs: Will Smith (25), Gavin Lux (7), Corey Seager (10), TJ Friedl (1), Joey Votto (31)

WP — Clayton Kershaw (10-7): 5 IP, 3 hits, 1 run, 8 strikeouts

LP — Wade Miley (12-7): 3 IP, 9 hits, 6 runs, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts

Up next

The Dodgers will continue their road trip with a three-game series against the Rockies. Julio Urías is scheduled to start the first game at Coors Field on Tuesday, first pitch at 5:40 p.m. PT (SportsNet LA).