The Dodgers took advantage of three errors by the Chicago White
Sox, scoring five unearned runs in the sixth inning en route to a
5-2 victory at Dodger Stadium.
"We really had an inning that everything kind of (go) our way, but
we'll take it," Los Angeles manager Don Mattingly said. "But Clayton
(Kershaw), at that point, you feel like he's going to take charge
and run with that game."
Kershaw, the Dodgers' ace, struck out a season-high nine batters and
gave up two runs on four hits in eight innings. He didn't walk a
"It was good that we got some runs there, obviously," said Kershaw,
who went 1-for-3 with a run on offense. "It's always fun when you're
part of the run scoring.
"It was a good win. We needed this. Sometimes with us it takes a
couple times to get through the lineup, but I knew if I kept us in
the game (and) gave us a chance, we were going to break out."
Kershaw (4-2) threw 97 pitches, including 71 strikes. The
left-hander allowed a two-run homer to White Sox first baseman Jose
Abreu in the fourth, but he blanked Chicago the rest of the way.
Kershaw beat the White Sox for the first time in three career
For the season, Kershaw has 55 strikeouts against just seven walks
in 43 1/3 innings.
Closer Kenley Jansen struck out three in a scoreless ninth for his
Los Angeles (31-28) handed Chicago (29-30) its third loss in four
The White Sox led 2-0 before the Dodgers batted around in the sixth
and scored all of their runs.
The first run came courtesy of an error by third baseman Conor
Gillaspie, who bounced a throw that Abreu was unable to handle,
allowing Kershaw to score. First baseman Adrian Gonzalez drove in
center fielder Matt Kemp with an RBI single to tie the score.
Third baseman Justin Turner's two-run bloop hit to shallow center,
just out of the reach of second baseman Gordon Beckham, gave the
Dodgers a 4-2 lead with two outs. Catcher Drew Butera added a
run-scoring single for the final run before Jose Quintana retired
Kershaw on a comebacker to end the inning.
That also ended Quintana's outing. The left-hander allowed five
runs, none of them earned, on six hits. Quintana (3-5) struck out
five and walked two in six innings. He threw 105 pitches, 61 for
strikes. Quintana hasn't allowed an earned run at Dodger Stadium in
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"He pitched a great game," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "He
deserved a better fate. No two ways about it. When you don't play
defense and give a team like that opportunities, you leave that
little crack in the door open, and they kicked it wide open."
Los Angeles right fielder Yasiel Puig went 0-for-4 with a strikeout,
ending his streak of games reaching base at 33.
Beckham committed two of Chicago's three errors.
Kershaw retired the first 10 batters he faced before giving up a
one-out single to Beckman in the fourth inning. Abreu followed by
driving an 0-1 pitch into the left field bleachers for a 2-0 White
"Overall, I made one mistake to Abreu, and to Beckham. Both of those
were just over the plate," Kershaw said. "You'd like those to be a
double or single or something, but not over the fence. But I guess
that's why he's got 15 or 16 homers. He's pretty good."
Abreu, who hit his 16th home run, was activated from the disabled
list prior to the game. He missed the minimum 15 days due to a left
NOTES: To clear room on the roster for the return of 1B Jose Abreu
from the disabled list, the White Sox optioned INF Marcus Semien to
Triple-A Charlotte. Semien batted .218 with a .287 on-base
percentage, a .327 slugging percentage, three homers and 18 RBIs in
43 games for Chicago this season. ... The Dodgers improved to 5-1 in
interleague play this year, 17-9 since the start of the 2013 season,
tops among National League clubs. ... The game drew a crowd of
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