LOS ANGELES (AP) — When the Los Angeles Dodgers badly needed somebody or something to pull them out of a weeklong slump, Clayton Kershaw did it with cool confidence.
He has been performing these feats regularly for the Dodgers since 2008, and the 33-year-old lefty doesn’t look like he’ll relinquish the responsibility any time soon.
Kershaw yielded four hits over seven masterful innings, Justin Turner homered and the Dodgers ended their three-game losing streak with an 8-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.
“It’s always a good feeling knowing we’ve got Kersh on the mound,” said Chris Taylor, who had an RBI triple and scored two runs. “It was huge to have him get us out of this funk. He was outstanding.”
Kershaw (4-2) racked up eight strikeouts with one walk while never allowing Cincinnati to get a runner to third base in his first win over the Reds since 2016. He won an impressive pitching duel with Sonny Gray (0-2) before his teammates tacked on six runs in the eighth inning.
“We’ve been scuffling a little bit, and we wanted to end the homestand on a good note,” Kershaw said.
Kershaw’s brilliance was the biggest reason the Dodgers avoided their first four-game losing streak since 2018, allowing them to finish a 2-5 homestand with a renewed positivity. Los Angeles still leads the NL at 16-9, but the past week underlined weaknesses that will have to be fixed over the next five months.
“He’s been a great pitcher for a long time, and he’s a stopper,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “He’s been the ace. He knew how much we needed this game, so for him to go deep in this game, put up zeros, throw a shutout, was big for our club.”
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