Clayton Kershaw pitched eight dominant frames, as the Los Angeles Dodgers avoided a four-game sweep by blanking the New York Mets, 6-0.
Kershaw (9-4) scattered five hits with nine strikeouts and just two walks, missing a fourth straight double-digit strikeout performance by just one. He has given up one run in 14 1/3 frames against the Mets this season.
Matt Kemp and Aaron Miles each had two runs batted in for the Dodgers, who snapped a five-game losing streak.
"It felt really good with the stadium packed," Kemp said. "We've seen a lot of yellow seats this season. It was a great atmosphere. Kershaw pitched a great game."
Dillon Gee (8-3) was firmly locked in a pitchers' duel until it all unraveled in the Dodgers' five-run sixth frame. The young right-hander gave up six runs -- five earned -- on five hits with two strikeouts and one walk over 5 2/3 frames. The Mets also received bad news before the game as star shortstop Jose Reyes was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.
The Dodgers got on the scoreboard in the second, as Juan Uribe was hit by a pitch and raced to third when Gee's wild throw to first allowed James Loney to reach base on his slow roller. Miles' sacrifice fly plated Uribe for the early edge.
Tony Gwynn started the watershed frame with a single to right, stole second and moved to third on a throwing error by the catcher Ronny Paulino and scored, along with Andre Ethier, when Kemp smoked a double into the left-field corner. Uribe followed suit with a two-bagger that one-hopped over the short porch in right field, scoring Kemp for the frame's third run. After Loney struck out, Miles doubled to score Uribe, and Dioner Navarro legged out a triple when his grounder tight to the line hugged the first-base bag and skipped into the corner as Carlos Beltran lost his footing while chasing after the ball.
"The key point in that inning was leaving the changeup up to Kemp," Gee said. "It was a bad pitch and he made me pay for it."
The Mets loaded the bases with one out in the ninth, but pinch-hitter Lucas Duda struck out and Angel Pagan grounded out to end the game.
Kershaw improved to 4-0 lifetime against the Mets...It is possible the Mets could face seven straight All-Star pitchers. After Kershaw, the Mets are slated to face Ryan Vogelsong, Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain in San Francisco before the All-Star break. If all holds true to form, the Mets will come out of the break against Philadelphia's Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels. No team has ever faced seven straight All-Star pitchers...Kershaw became the first Dodger pitcher with nine or more strikeouts in four straight starts since Hideo Nomo June 25 - July 13, 1996.
|New York Mets|
|Angel Pagan, CF||5||0||2||0||0||1||3||.259|
|Justin Turner, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.263|
|Carlos Beltran, RF||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.283|
|Ronny Paulino, C||3||0||0||0||0||2||4||.325|
|Jason Bay, LF||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.248|
|Daniel Murphy, 3B||4||0||2||0||0||0||1||.300|
|Nick Evans, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||2||1||.000|
|a- Willie Harris, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.246|
|Ruben Tejada, SS||2||0||1||0||2||0||0||.269|
|Dillon Gee, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||1||.040|
|Manny Acosta, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Scott Hairston, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.238|
|Jason Isringhausen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Lucas Duda, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||3||.239|
|a-walked for Evans in the 9th|
|b-flied out for Acosta in the 8th|
|c-struck out for Isringhausen in the 9th|
|SB - Angel Pagan (17, 2nd base off Kershaw/Navarro), Ruben Tejada (1, 3rd base off Kershaw/Navarro)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|Outfield Assists - Carlos Beltran 1|
|DP - Beltran-Evans|
|E - Dillon Gee (1, Throwing), Daniel Murphy (6, Throwing), Ronny Paulino (5, Throwing(Ground rule))|
|New York Mets|
|Dillon Gee (L,8-3)||5.2||5||6||5||1||2||0||3.76|
|HBP - Uribe (by Dillon Gee)|
|WP - Dillon Gee (3)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Dillon Gee 86-52, Manny Acosta 32-18, Jason Isringhausen 9-5|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dillon Gee 8-8, Manny Acosta 1-0, Jason Isringhausen 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Dillon Gee 25, Manny Acosta 7, Jason Isringhausen 3|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Tony Gwynn Jr., LF||4||1||3||0||0||0||0||.253|
|Jamey Carroll, SS||3||0||0||0||1||0||2||.299|
|Andre Ethier, RF||3||1||0||0||1||1||2||.313|
|Matt Kemp, CF||4||1||1||2||0||1||2||.323|
|Juan Uribe, 3B||3||2||1||1||0||1||3||.210|
|James Loney, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.274|
|Aaron Miles, 2B||3||1||1||2||0||0||0||.320|
|Dioner Navarro, C||4||0||1||1||0||1||1||.176|
|Clayton Kershaw, P||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.275|
|Kenley Jansen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Hong-Chih Kuo, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|2B - Matt Kemp (19, Gee), Juan Uribe (11, Gee), Aaron Miles (9, Gee)|
|3B - Dioner Navarro (1, Acosta)|
|SF - Aaron Miles (4)|
|RBI - Matt Kemp 2 (66), Juan Uribe (27), Aaron Miles 2 (23), Dioner Navarro (8)|
|2-OUT RBI - Aaron Miles (8), Dioner Navarro (2)|
|SB - Tony Gwynn Jr. (11, 3rd base off Gee/Paulino), Matt Kemp (26, 2nd base off Gee/Paulino)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Miles-Loney|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Clayton Kershaw (W,9-4)||8||5||0||0||2||9||0||3.03|
|HBP - Paulino (by Clayton Kershaw)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Clayton Kershaw 113-68, Kenley Jansen 18-8, Hong-Chih Kuo 10-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clayton Kershaw 5-9, Hong-Chih Kuo 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Clayton Kershaw 31, Kenley Jansen 4, Hong-Chih Kuo 2|