Clayton Kershaw keeps the Dodgers humming in error-filled win

first_imgFor the second straight game he allowed three hits — none until the fourth inning — walked two and struck out eight. This time he needed just 89 pitches before manager Don Mattingly gave the ball to rookie right-hander Pedro Baez in the ninth inning.“Donnie gave me the old ‘it’s not best for the team’ speech,” Kershaw said. “Can’t argue with that. I don’t have a comeback for that one.”The Padres touched Kershaw for a single, a stolen base and an RBI single by Rene Rivera in the fourth inning. Their two unearned runs in the sixth inning were more memorable.With Yangervis Solarte on second base, Rymer Liriano on first base and one out, Rivera hit a fly ball to center field. Puig charged in and made the running catch, then tried throwing to first base to double up Liriano.The throw was accurate, but Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez couldn’t catch the ball while wrapping his arm around Liriano. The ball went all the way to the Padres’ dugout and bounced off the protective netting.Solarte and Liriano both tried to advance to third and second, respectively. Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis, who was backing up the play, tried throwing to second base to retire Liriano, but his throw got past Dee Gordon and into center field.Solarte then tried to score and Ramirez threw home from shallow center field. That throw was the least accurate of them all.The ball got past Ellis and Kershaw, who said the wind was knocked from his chest when he dove to the turf. Liriano rounded third and scored when Ellis’ throw to Kershaw covering home plate was late. Both runs were unearned by virtue of throwing errors by Puig, Ellis and Ramirez. Only three other teams have been charged with three errors on one play, most recently the Angels on April 20 in Detroit.“It’s not going to overshadow it because we won,” Mattingly said. “If we lose, it could. I did look up and see a full moon after that.“Even that play — I looked at it — A.J. backs up. We’re backing up the second play. We’re backing up the third play. None of it worked out.”Baez allowed a solo home run to Yasmani Grandal in the ninth inning — only the fourth run he’s allowed in 14 major-league games. Juan Uribe (2 for 4) hit a solo home run and made a pair of excellent stops at third base, while Matt Kemp extended his hitting streak to 14 games. Even Yasiel Puig got into the act. His fourth-inning single off Padres starter Odrisamer Despaigne (3-6) was his first RBI since Aug. 15, ending a 16-game drought.Kershaw, who hasn’t pitched with a five-run lead since July, was staked to an 8-1 lead after five innings.“I felt there wasn’t a whole lot of stress or pressure,” he said. “We haven’t had many of those.”The left-hander became the first pitcher to win 18 games this season (18-3), thanks in part to three wins against the Padres. He allowed one earned run in eight innings, lowering his major-league leading ERA to 1.67. Nothing can get in the way of Clayton Kershaw’s MVP-worthy season — even when the Dodgers can’t get out of their own way. Three errors on one play in the sixth inning tied a major-league record in the Dodgers’ 9-4 win over the San Diego Padres on Monday.“We’ll probably be on ‘Not Top 10’ for a while,” Kershaw joked.That humming noise in the background of “Yakety Sax” was the sound of the Dodgers’ winning streak reaching four games. They extended their lead in the National League West to 3 1/2 games with the San Francisco Giants getting a day off.Hanley Ramirez tied a season high with four hits and drove in a pair of runs. Carl Crawford (3 for 4) hit a three-run home run off reliever Frank Garces. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more