Kershaw, Dodgers overtake Rockies
LOS ANGELES – Clayton Kershaw bounced back from the shortest start of his brief career with eight innings of two-hit ball, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 2-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday.
Kershaw (2-2) held the Rockies to a pair of infield hits – including a bunt single by cleanup hitter Troy Tulowitzki – and picked off Eric Young after walking him with two out in the fifth. The 22-year-old left-hander struck out nine, walked three and fanned five-time All-Star Todd Helton his first three times up.
Last Tuesday, Kershaw retired only four of the 13 batters he faced, lasted just 1 1-3 innings against the Milwaukee Brewers. He was charged with seven runs during a nine-run second.
Russell Martin homered with two out in the eighth against Matt Daley and Jonathan Broxton allowed two hits in the ninth before picking up his third save in five attempts.
Ubaldo Jimenez (6-1) gave up only two hits over seven innings before he was lifted for a pinch-hitter. The only run against the Colorado starter came in the third, when Blake DeWitt led off with a double and scored on a ground single by Jamey Carroll that deflected off Jimenez’s glove and into right field.
Jimenez walked four and struck out five, including major league batting leader Andre Ethier his first three times up. The right-hander, whose ERA actually increased from 0.87 to 0.93, was trying to become the first Rockies pitcher to get off to a 7-0 start.
Reliever Gabe White is the only other pitcher in the franchise’s 18-year history to win his first six decisions in a season, finishing the 2000 campaign with an 11-2 record.
Kershaw needed 30 pitches to get out of a scoreless first, which ended when Ian Stewart took a called third strike on a borderline pitch on the inside corner with the bases loaded.
Tulowitzki left the game in the bottom of the fifth with a right quad strain after hurting himself taking a throw from Jimenez on a fielder’s choice comebacker by Carroll and trying to complete a double play.
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