Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Clayton Kershaw pitched eight strong
innings and Hanley Ramirez belted a two-run homer in the sixth inning to carry
the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 2-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds.
In a game dominated by defense and great pitching, the Dodgers were able to
escape with their seventh win in eight contests to remain a half-game ahead of
second-place Arizona in the NL West.
Kershaw (10-6) held the Reds to six hits and had eight strikeouts and didn't
walk a batter. The left-hander, who threw 118 pitches, has won five of his
last six decisions.
Homer Bailey (5-10) scattered seven hits over seven innings, but has lost four
consecutive starts since tossing a no-hitter July 2 against the Giants.
The Reds had won four of their previous five games, but went 1-for-9 with men
in scoring position Friday night.
Adrian Gonzalez singled to start the sixth and then Ramirez homered to left
field on an 0-1 pitch.
Brandon Phillips doubled and then scored on a Jay Bruce line base hit to
center in the seventh. Bruce went to second on a wild pitch, but Kershaw
retired the ensuing two batters.
Pinch-hitter Derrick Robinson doubled in the eighth, but Kershaw again worked
out of trouble by getting Shin-Soo Choo to ground out back to the mound, and
Chris Heisey to pop out.
Kenley Jansen retired the side in order in the ninth for his 13th save.
The second contest of this four-game series saw its share of some sparkling
defensive plays. One came in the fourth inning. Juan Uribe flied out to right
field. Ramirez tried to score, but Bruce's throw home was on target. Ramirez
actually ran past the base and Corky Miller made the tag before Ramirez could
come back and tag the plate.
Bailey fell to 2-8 on the road ... The Dodgers have not lost a series since
dropping two of three to Pittsburgh at PNC Park June 14-16 and have won seven
of their last 10 sets (7-0-3) ... Carl Crawford had three of LA's seven hits
... Ramirez has reached base in 34 consecutive games since June 19 ... Kershaw
leads the majors with a 1.96 ERA. He is trying to become the first major
leaguer to lead the big leagues in ERA in three consecutive seasons since
Atlanta's Greg Maddux from 1993-95.
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