National League Game Summary - Colorado at Los Angeles|
(Friday, September 28th)
Final Score: Los Angeles 8, Colorado 0
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Clayton Kershaw went eight innings, Shane
Victorino and Bobby Abreu both homered, and the Los Angeles Dodgers pasted the
Colorado Rockies, 8-0, on Friday in the opener of a three-game series.
Kershaw (13-9) struck out 10 and scattered five hits with a pair of walks in
his second start back from a hip injury. The reigning NL Cy Young Award
winner was sidelined for 11 days before returning to the mound on Sunday in a
no-decision against the Cincinnati Reds.
"I feel good," said Kershaw. "I was able to command the ball better tonight."
Andre Ethier and A.J. Ellis both had an RBI double for the Dodgers, who have
won three straight and sit three games behind the St. Louis Cardinals for the
NL's final wild card spot. St. Louis defeated the Washington Nationals, 12-2,
Jeff Francis (5-7) was charged with five runs on six hits over four innings in
the loss. The lefty hasn't won since defeating the Dodgers on Aug. 27.
"Clayton was pretty lights outs," said Francis. "He was pretty spectacular
In all, the Rockies went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position and saw
their four-game win streak come to an end.
Ethier, who finished 3-for-4 and scored three times, flared an RBI double into
shallow left field after Adrian Gonzalez and Hanley Ramirez began the second
inning with a single and a walk, respectively.
Victorino then belted a fastball over the fence in left-center field to give
the Dodgers an early 4-0 advantage.
Ethier crossed the plate again in the fourth on Kershaw's bases-loaded,
double-play groundout and once more in the eighth when Ellis ripped a two-
bagger to left.
Abreu followed with his first career pinch-hit homer -- a blast to right which
capped the scoring.
Kershaw threw a 40-pitch bullpen session on Tuesday that yielded
no setbacks. He improved to 7-4 in 18 career meetings with the Rockies ...
Colorado has lost each of Francis' past five outings ... The teams have split
16 games this season.
09/29 01:27:31 ET