It was only a matter of time, and on Friday night Clayton Kershaw picked up his 100th career win, against the Colorado Rockies, at Dodger Stadium. The Los Angeles Dodgers’ provided the reigning NL MVP with plenty of run support, and then held off a late comeback by Colorado to come away with a 6-4 win.
Kershaw shook off his early struggles in 2015, against Colorado, who he’s beaten six times in his last seven starts. He did make 21 pitches in the first inning but left two Rockies stranded on base. The southpaw settled in after that, making 110 pitches in 6 2/3 innings of work, allowing four hits, three earned runs and three walks but struck out 10 and came out of the game with a 6-1 lead. It was D.J. LeMahieu’s RBI-single off Kershaw that gave the Rockies their first run of the game in the seventh inning.
Colorado found their way into the Los Angeles bullpen when Paco Rodriguez relieved Kershaw, with runners on first and second and two outs. Rodriguez gave up a single to Charlie Blackmon which set up a bases loaded situation for another Rockies’ lefty. Daniel Descalso would hit a bases-clearing double off the right field wall to make it a 6-4 game. Two of the runs were charged to Kershaw.
Yimi Garcia was on damage control out of the Dodgers bullpen, as he’d strikeout Wilin Rosario to end the inning.
Thankfully, Los Angeles chased Rockies’ starter Eddie Butler out the game early and kept scoring runs in bunches. Jimmy Rollins hit a first inning solo-home run to get things started. In the third inning, Justin Turner, who was batting .438 with RISP knocked in two more runs with a two-run double. Andre Ethier would bring home Turner with an RBI-single to put Los Angeles up 4-0. Butler lasted just 2 2/3 innings, allowing four runs and six hits, with four walks and one strikeout.
The Dodgers scored one run in the fourth inning when Adrian Gonzalez grounded into a double play. Another run came across in the fifth inning, thanks to a Rollins RBI-single. It was his 900th career RBI that gave Los Angeles a 6-0 lead.
Los Angeles welcomed back an important piece to the puzzle on Friday; Kenley Jansen. The closer is being eased back into his role, as he pitched in the eighth inning, and struck out four batters. Adam Liberatore was used in the save situation ninth inning but Juan Nicasio had to finish things off. He went on to strikeout Rosario with two outs and left the tying-run stranded on second base.
WP: Clayton Kershaw (2-2, 4.24)
LP: Eddie Butler (2-4, 4.24)
SV: Juan Nicasio (1)