Los Angeles Dodgers, Clayton Kershaw beat San Francisco Giants, extend lead in NL West

first_imgSAN FRANCISCO — Clayton Kershaw got a visit from his manager in the middle of the eighth inning Sunday, which might be the last conversation he wants to have with Don Mattingly.Their talk was short. Kershaw stayed in the game and Mattingly headed back to the dugout.A few words later, Buster Posey was standing in the batter’s box. Kershaw ripped off three sliders to the former National League MVP — all strikes, the last two swings and misses. Suddenly Kershaw was looking like an MVP himself, as much as a pitcher can. The at-bat ended the Giants’ best threat to turn the tables on the Dodgers, who extended their lead in the National League West to three games with a 4-2 win and 13 games left in the season. Kershaw allowed two runs in eight innings. His 19 wins lead the National League, and his 19-3 record tied a Los Angeles Dodgers record set by Orel Hershiser in 1985.Kenley Jansen picked up his 41st save with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.Matt Kemp turned on a slider from Yusmeiro Petit for his 20th home run of the season in the sixth inning. The two-run blast proved to be the winning margin. The Dodgers scored two runs in the second inning, on an RBI single by Juan Uribe and a sacrifice fly by A.J. Ellis. Only one run was earned by virtue of two throwing errors by the Giants.Posey got San Francisco on the board with an RBI single in the third inning. Pinch-hitter Matt Duffy’s RBI single in the seventh inning accounted for the final run. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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