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Kershaw pitches Dodgers to win over Mets

Updated: 14-09-2019 08:25 IST
Kershaw pitches Dodgers to win over Mets

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Clayton Kershaw snapped a three-start losing streak by tossing 6 1/3 solid innings Friday night when Gavin Lux gave the Los Angeles Dodgers the lead for good by hitting a three-run homer in the fourth inning of a 9-2 win over the host New York Mets. The Dodgers (96-53), who clinched their seventh straight National League West title on Tuesday night, have won eight of 11. The loss damaged the playoff hopes for the Mets (76-71), who had their four-game winning streak snapped and fell three games behind the Chicago Cubs in the race for the second NL wild card.

Kershaw (14-5) gave up a one-out homer to J.D. Davis in the first inning but twice retired eight in a row -- from the first through fourth and then from the fourth through seventh -- before exiting with a 7-1 lead after allowing three straight baserunners in the seventh. He allowed two runs on four hits and three walks while striking out five and throwing a season-high 105 pitches. Joe Kelly induced pinch-hitter, Brandon Nimmo, to hit into a forceout and gave up a two-out RBI single to Amed Rosario before retiring Davis on a grounder to leave the bases loaded.

With the win, Kershaw ensured he would not lose four straight starts -- or four straight decisions -- for the first time in his career. Kershaw, who had a 6.19 ERA in his previous three starts, also lost three straight starts from June 17-27, 2015. Mets starter Noah Syndergaard (10-8) nursed the 1-0 lead until the fourth when he walked Cody Bellinger with one out. Corey Seager singled and A.J. Pollock hit a game-tying RBI single before Lux homered to center field.

The Dodgers added insurance in the seventh when pinch-hitter Chris Taylor (two-run double) and Bellinger (single) had back-to-back RBI hits, and the eighth, when Edwin Rios hit a two-run pinch-hit homer. Syndergaard gave up four runs on five hits and two walks while striking out four over five innings.

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