Dodgers win, stretch lead to three games
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[September 15, 2014]
Dodgers 4, Giants 2: Matt Kemp
belted a two-run homer and Clayton Kershaw became the majors’ first
19-game winner as visiting Los Angeles claimed the rubber match of the
key divisional series.
Kershaw (19-3) struck out nine and held the Giants to two runs on
seven hits and one walk over eight innings while lowering his ERA to
a major league-best 1.70. Kenley Jansen worked a perfect ninth for
his 42nd save for the Dodgers, who moved three games ahead of the
Giants in the National League West with 13 games remaining.
Yusmeiro Petit (5-4) struck out the side in the first inning before
the Dodgers tallied two hits and capitalized on two errors in the
second to move ahead 2-0. Petit settled in and allowed four runs
(three earned) while striking out eight over seven frames for the
Giants, who have lost two straight following a four-game winning
San Francisco answered in the third as Buster Posey delivered a
run-scoring single off Kershaw, who lowered his ERA to 1.44 in 25
career games against the Giants. Kershaw exited after 110 pitches
and became the first Dodgers pitcher since Orel Hershiser in 1988 to
throw at least eight innings in seven consecutive starts.
Los Angeles extended its lead in the sixth as Adrian Gonzalez
doubled with one out and Kemp followed with his 20th home run into
the left-center field seats. The Giants cut the deficit to 4-2 in
the seventh when Andrew Susac and Joaquin Arias recorded
back-to-back singles with one out and Susac came around to score on
Matt Duffy’s bloop single to center.
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GAME NOTEBOOK: Kemp tied Mike Piazza for fourth on the all-time
Dodgers home run list with 177. … Susac and Arias had two hits
apiece for the Giants, who begin a nine-game road trip Monday in
Arizona before concluding next week with three games against the
Dodgers. … Kershaw has won 10 consecutive starts against NL West
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