Cincinnati — Clayton Kershaw hit five quicks to win his first since June 27, Gavin Lux and Corey Seeger scored two runs each as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the slippery Cincinnati Reds 8-5 on Sunday .
Will Smith also registered a Dodgers win for the eighth time in nine matches. They started the afternoon two games behind San Francisco at the NL West.
The Reds lost their eighth straight series after starting the day two games behind St. Louis for a second NL wild-card place.
Kershaw (10-7) allowed one run and three hits, scoring eight runs without a walk. He pitched in Cincinnati for the first time since 2013.
“It was great,” said Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts. “I thought he was great in every way. I’m a little biased, but I thought he was a little squeezed, but he was fantastic. Overall really in control. Watch him pass five passes with close to 75 pitches . it was perfect.”
The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner missed more than two months with a swelling in his left elbow, then returned on Monday and played a solid 4 1/3 against Arizona. He threw 74 pitches.
“I felt a little more crisp with each pitch,” Kershaw said. “I still have a few ways to go with my stamina. I think, I got up to 75 pitches, but we still have a few more (starts) before the playoffs.”
The only raid run against him came when Nick Castellanos doubled, advanced onto a wild pitch and scored on Tyler Stephenson’s groundout in the fourth to make it 6–1.
Lax, who missed Friday’s game with a right arm injury, made three hits and scored three runs. He scored a two-run triple in a 5-1 win on Saturday.
“We need a ton of it,” Roberts said. “He is in a good spot mechanically. His approach to each pitcher and his work with the hitting coaches is very good and consistent.”
Wade Miley (12–7) continued to struggle, allowing six runs and nine hits in three season-less innings. The left-hander, who pitched a no-hitter on May 7 in Cleveland, scored 19 hits and 12 runs, 11 in 7 1-3 innings in his last two starts.
“I thought I had made a really good pitch for Smith,” Miley said. “I’m not just finishing the pitches. I haven’t figured it out yet. it is not right thing. Guys I know what I’m going to do. This is no secret. I have to get the ball where I need it.”
Mookie Bates signaled things to come, opening the game with a single.
“Wade has been great all year,” said Reds manager David Bell. “He had a bad start,” he said. We have to check and make sure he is healthy. Fatigue is a factor, maybe.”
Pinch-hitter TJ Friedl, promoted by the Reds on Saturday, recorded his first career hit and home run in sixth. Friedl took a single and scored Jonathan India’s double in the eighth.
Joy Votto lines up a pinch-hit homer off Dodgers reliever Kenley Jensen in ninth.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times