Kershaw extends scoreless inning streak

Sat Aug 1, 2015 8:40pm EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - Left-hander Clayton Kershaw extended his streak of consecutive scoreless innings to 37 while leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday in front of 52,979 at Dodger Stadium.

Kershaw (9-6) retired the final 14 batters he faced, permitted only two hits and a walk and finished with seven strikeouts in eight innings.

The left-hander took the mound in the top of the ninth inning to an ovation, but was replaced by right-handed closer Kenley Jansen when C.J. Cron was announced as a pinch hitter.

David Murphy then replaced Cron and lined a single to right field off Jansen before pinch-hitter Kole Calhoun followed with a walk.

Jansen struck out second baseman Johnny Giavotella and center fielder Mike Trout before first baseman Albert Pujols dumped a broken-bat single down the left-field line to bring Murphy home and send Calhoun to third base.

Jansen, however, induced shortstop Erick Aybar to pop out to register his 19th save.

Catcher Yasmani Grandal hit a two-run home run and finished 3-for-4.

The Angels lost their fifth consecutive game to match their longest losing streak this year.

The Dodgers took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the sixth inning.   Continued...

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw (22) pitches the seventh inning against Los Angeles Angels at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports