Clayton Kershaw scored five on his first start since July 3 as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5–1 to secure their seventh straight home win.
LOS ANGELES – Clayton Kershaw scored five runs in his first start since July 3 as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-1 on Monday night for their seventh consecutive home win.
Active from the injured list earlier in the day, Kershaw had missed 57 games with an elbow swelling.
The 33-year-old left-hander made four hits, one run and didn’t come into the decision after throwing 50 pitches in 4 1/3 innings. Kershaw reached an infield single in second and sacrificed in fourth.
Phil Bickford (4-2) won with an innings of no respite.
With the second-place Dodgers chasing NL West-leading San Francisco, Kershaw’s return gave him another front-line starter to join Walker Buehler, Max Schaezer and Julio Ureas, all of whom were strong Cy Young. Award contenders.
Kershaw was throwing his fastball at about 91 mph before moving on to IL. He touched 90 times in the first run when he needed 20 pitches to get out of the innings. He retired the team in the third, his only clean innings.
The Dodgers first took a 3-1 lead in the left-field corner in Corey Seeger’s RBI single and Justin Turner’s two-run double. Turner added a single homer in the eighth, his 25th.
Austin Barnes doubled in the left field corner in the sixth, giving the lead 4–1.
Arizona’s lone run came first on an RBI single from Josh Rojas.
Diamondbacks starter Zack Gallen (2-10) gave away four runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings. He scored four runs and walked three.
Diamondbacks: RHP Tyler Clippard was cleared to resume baseball activity after being on the COVID-19 injured list, although he never tested positive for the virus. … RHP Merrill Kelly had a 38-pitch bullpen in Arizona. He has been out since a positive COVID-19 test on August 14. …Cole Calhoun (left hamstring stretch) will hit and start a baseline program. … LHP Caleb Smith will throw a mock game in Arizona on Tuesday to stay in shape while serving a 10-game suspension for having a foreign substance on his glove. Smith lost an appeal and began serving his sentence on Saturday.
Dodgers: OF AJ Pollock (hamstrings) hasn’t suffered any setbacks as he increases his activity daily. He won’t travel to Cincinnati with the team this weekend, and is expected to play in a few minor league rehab games instead. … INF/Of Chris Taylor (Neck) missed his third straight game. The team is giving him a few more days to improve before making a decision on the injured list on Wednesday.
Starting his fourth career in left field, Gavin Lux cut in front of center fielder Cody Bellinger to catch a deep fly off Arizona’s Carson Kelly in the third. Bellinger’s face was hit by Lux’s gloves as they nearly collided on the warning track. Christian Walker came forward and hit another fly. Bellinger waved his glove twice in Lux’s direction to keep him away and took a catch to end the innings. Lux laughed and ran away.
Several former Dodgers stars came together to celebrate Tommy LaSorda Bobblehead Night. Ron C., former pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, Eric Caros, Rick Monday, Manny Mota, Chan Ho Parks, Steve Yeager and Fernando Valenzuela exchange stories about their late Hall of Fame manager in the dugout before the game. They say “It’s time for Dodger Baseball!” joined the fans in the traditional slogan of As the crowd lowered their caps towards the sky. LaSorda’s granddaughter, Emily, bounced the throw to manager Dave Roberts for the formal first pitch, with LaSorda’s daughter Laura watching. Lasorda died in January at the age of 93.
Diamondbacks: RHP Luke Weaver (3-4, 4.24 ERA) is 1-1 with 5.25 ERA in three starts at Dodger Stadium.
Dodgers: RHP Tony Gonsolin (2-1, 2.79) makes his second start since coming from IL. He faced Arizona for the fourth time this season, conceding four runs in 9 1/3 innings without a decision.
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