Kershaw's pitching gem pulls Dodgers even with Cubs

Mon Oct 17, 2016 12:52am EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - Clayton Kershaw allowed just two hits and struck out six through a seven-inning shutout effort as the Los Angeles Dodgers evened the National League Championship Series with a 1-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday night.

Kershaw, now 2-0 in the postseason, surrendered back-to-back Cubs hits in the fifth inning but little else as the Dodgers ace retired 14 straight batters over the first five innings.

Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks (0-1) gave up just one run on three hits and took the loss in a 5 1/3-inning outing.

An Adrian Gonzalez second-inning home run provided the Dodgers' lone run.

Kershaw was replaced by right-hander Kenley Jansen, who threw two perfect innings, including four strikeouts.

He struck out pinch hitter Miguel Montero, who supplied Saturday's heroics with an eighth-inning grand slam home run, and struck out two in a perfect ninth against the top of the Cubs order for his third postseason save.

The Dodgers chased Hendricks and threatened in the sixth with two runners on base. But they came up empty as reliever Carl Edwards Jr. got Joc Pederson to ground into an inning-ending double play.

Hendricks struck out five, walked four and threw 91 pitches.

Right-hander Mike Montgomery -- the third Cubs pitcher of the night -- had runners at first and second in the seventh, but Corey Seager lined to left to end the inning and avert any damage.   Continued...

Oct 16, 2016; Chicago, IL, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) pitches during the fifth inning against the Chicago Cubs in game two of the 2016 NLCS playoff baseball series at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jon Durr-USA TODAY Sports