Kershaw shuts down D-backs
Phoenix, AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - Clayton Kershaw pitched eight strong innings to become the first 16-game winner in the majors this season, as the Los Angeles Dodgers edged the Arizona Diamondbacks, 3-1, to sweep a two-game series.
Scott Van Slyke belted a solo homer, but left the game in the fourth inning with a mild right ankle sprain. Matt Kemp stroked a two-run double for the NL West leaders, who have won five of their last six games.
Kershaw (16-3) fanned 10 and allowed six hits and an unearned run. His ERA dropped to a major league-best 1.73. The lefty is 9-1 in 11 starts against NL West clubs, and that includes wins in his last eight starts.
"There were guys on base all night," said Kershaw. "I had to work out of jams. Fortunately I got through eight innings."
Kenley Jansen retired the side in order in the ninth for his 38th save.
Wade Miley (7-10) gave up seven hits and three runs to lose his third straight decision. Miley walked four and struck out six over six innings.
"You'd like to have a better ball-strike ratio," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said of Miley, who threw 100 pitches, 58 for strikes.
The Diamondbacks suffered their third straight defeat and fell to 2-9 over their last 11 games.
Dee Gordon had an infield single and Yasiel Puig walked ahead of Kemp's double to center field. Kemp was thrown out at third, and with two outs, Van Slyke homered to left. It was the fourth time this season and fifth time in his career he's homered off Miley.
Kershaw faced a bases-loaded situation for the first time all season in the bottom of the third, but Aaron Hill popped out and Mark Trumbo flied out to end the inning.
Van Slyke came up injured when he tried to field an RBI single by Jordan Pacheco. The hit to center field, which plated Alfredo Marte, short-hopped off the chest of Puig. Van Slyke raced over from left to get the ball, but went down when he planted his foot and was charged with an error.
Van Slyke walked off the field and was replaced in left by Carl Crawford. The Dodgers said Van Slyke's playing status was day-to-day.
The Diamondbacks wasted a lead-off triple from Ender Inciarte in the fifth.
The Dodgers lead the season series, 12-4 ... Los Angeles has won nine consecutive series against NL West opponents. The last divisional club to win a series against the Dodgers was the Diamondbacks, May 16-18 at Chase Field, when Arizona took two of three ... The Dodgers are 36-19 against NL West clubs this season.
08/28 02:29:25 ET