LOS ANGELES (AP)– Clayton Kershaw pitched in and out of trouble for six innings, batterymate Mark Ellis hit his third homer of the season, and the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrated the return of Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp to the lineup with a 2-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on Friday night.
Kemp was 2 for 4 with a double after missing 51 of the Dodgers’ previous 53 games because of a left hamstring strain. Ethier, sidelined since June 28 because of an oblique strain on his left side, was 0 for 2 and got hit by a pitch following a two-game rehab stint with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga during the All-Star break.
Kershaw (7-5) allowed a run, six hits and three walks while striking out six. He worked with runners on base in every inning and stranded eight before he was lifted for a pinch-hitter after 110 pitches with the Dodgers trailing 1-0.
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