LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw won his ninth straight decision, Justin Turner hit a tiebreaking double and rookie Scott Schebler homered to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 4-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Monday night.
The Dodgers, kicking off a 10-game homestand after a 7-3 road trip, won for the 16th time in 20 games. They and reduced their magic number to 12 for clinching their second straight NL West title.
Kershaw (14-6) yielded a run and three hits over seven innings and struck out five, raising his major league-leading strikeout total to a career-high 264 and lowering his ERA to 2.12. The reigning NL MVP and three-time Cy Young Award winner hasn’t lost since June 27 at Miami.
Kershaw is 9-0 with a 2.48 ERA in his last 10 starts against the Rockies, including a no-hitter. His last loss to them was on July 12, 2013.
Schebler ended the scoring in the eighth with a two-run homer, his third in 10 big league games.
Chris Hatcher got three outs for his third save.
Jon Gray (0-1) allowed two runs on six hits and struck out eight in his in his eighth big league start, after seven no-decisions. He came in tied for the major league record of consecutive no-decisions by a starter at the beginning of a major league career, which was set by Angels righty Al Levine.
Turner chased Gray with his run-scoring hit, which came after a two-out walk to Chase Utley and a single by Adrian Gonzalez. Turner is 21 for 49 with 11 doubles and 14 RBIs in his last 19 games against the Rockies since Sept. 15 of last season.
Carlos Gonzalez drove in Colorado’s run with a first-inning groundout after a one-out walk to DJ Lemahieu and a double by Nolan Arenado, whose 78th extra-base hit tied Toronto’s Josh Donaldson for the major league lead.
Yasmani Grandal tied it in the second with a sacrifice fly, after rookie Corey Seager’s double sent Andre Ethier to third. Grandal ended a hitless drought of 37 at-bats with a leadoff single in the sixth.
Dodgers: LF Carl Crawford was held out of the lineup for precautionary reasons because of a hamstring problem, and probably won’t start again until Friday because the Rockies are starting left-handed pitchers in the final two games of the series. . 2B Howie Kendrick took part in a simulated game Monday and will do so again Tuesday. He’s been sidelined since injuring his left hamstring on Aug. 9. . Manager Don Mattingly intimated that speedy backup middle infielder Jose Peraza’s season may be over after he had an MRI on his left hamstring. . The Dodgers are 13-4 since Yasiel Puig pulled his right hamstring on Aug. 27. He has yet to start running drills.
Rockies: LHP Chris Rusin (5-8) makes his first start against the Dodgers since Aug. 1 of last season with the Chicago Cubs. He has only two victories in his last 13 starts overall, both of them complete games at Coors Field.
Dodgers: LHP Brett Anderson (9-8) spent last season with the Rockies, going 1-3 with a 2.91 ERA in eight starts before the club bought out the one-year option in his contract in November. He made consecutive starts against them in May, winning 2-1 at Coors Field and getting a no-decision six days later in a 5-4 Dodgers loss.
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