Kershaw extends scoreless inning streak
(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...