08/01 00:07 CDT Dodgers beat Braves 2-1 on Kershaw's 9-hitter
Dodgers beat Braves 2-1 on Kershaw's 9-hitter
AP Sports Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) --- Clayton Kershaw scattered nine hits and struck out nine
while tying his career-best winning streak of 10 games, and the Los Angeles
Dodgers beat the Atlanta Braves 2-1 Thursday night to complete the three-game
Kershaw (13-2) pitched his second consecutive complete game for the second time
in his career. He is unbeaten in his last 11 starts with a 10-0 record since
June 2. The left-hander beat the Braves for the first time during the regular
season in his career.
Yasiel Puig homered as the Dodgers stretched their win streak to a season-high
six and swept the Braves for the first time since taking four in a row from
July 26-29, 1990, at home.
Julio Teheran (10-7) dueled with Kershaw, but fell behind in the first. Puig
walked and scored from first when Adrian Gonzalez doubled to deep right-center
Puig extended the lead to 2-0 with his 13th homer in the third.
Teheran gave up five hits in eight innings. He struck out nine and walked three.
Kershaw had to work to close out the Braves in the ninth, when he finally gave
up a run. With one out, B.J. Upton singled and advanced to third on Tommy La
Stella's single. Freddie Freeman went down swinging for the second out,
bringing the cheering crowd of 51,163 to its feet.
But the Braves closed to 2-1 on Justin Upton's infield single to third.
Juan Uribe charged in to field the ball and fired to first, where Gonzalez
stretched for the throw. Upton was called safe by umpire Mike Estabrook.
Manager Don Mattingly challenged the call as the crowd grew rowdier. Kershaw
crouched behind the mound waiting for a decision.
It took 2 1/2 minutes before the umpires upheld the call, putting the potential
go-ahead run on first. Evan Gattis grounded out to shortstop to end the game.
Braves: Outfielder Jason Heyward missed his third straight game with a sore
back that he strained last week chasing a foul ball. Manager Fredi Gonzalez
said he hopes Heyward can return sometime this weekend in San Diego.
Dodgers: They outrighted left-hander Scott Elbert to Triple-A Albuquerque.
Braves: Atlanta heads to San Diego for a three-game series beginning Friday.
Left-hander Mike Minor (4-6, 5.23 ERA) will start the opener.
Dodgers: The Cubs arrive Friday for a three-game set, with Dan Haren (8-8, 4.49
ERA) taking the mound. The right-hander lost all four of his starts in July.