4:10 PM ET, September 2, 2013
Coors Field, Denver, Colorado
DENVER -- Clayton Kershaw turned in a clunker, a rare bad outing for one of baseball's best pitchers.
After the game, Los Angeles Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was asked a question he hardly ever hears: What's wrong with Kershaw?
"Who got the win today?" Mattingly teased.
Kershaw, of course, even if he didn't have his electric stuff. The lefty surrendered a career-high 11 hits in five shaky innings and Yasiel Puig scored the go-ahead run before leaving with a strained right knee as the surging Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 10-8 on Monday.
It was hardly vintage Kershaw (14-8), who struggled with his fastball command. He vowed to quickly repress this performance, not take a single thing from it.
"There's nothing to gain from pitching bad like this," said Kershaw, who gave up five runs as his ERA jumped from a league-leading 1.72 to 1.89. "I'm just going to chalk this up to a bad start and enjoy getting a win I probably didn't deserve."
Puig certainly had an interesting day. He was called out for interference on the bases in the first inning, hit by a pitch in the fourth and then aggravated his knee on an awkward slide into third base in the sixth. He gingerly jogged home from third on Hanley Ramirez's sacrifice fly, before being replaced in right field.
Mattingly will sit Puig on Tuesday, but was planning to do so anyway. Puig said through a translator the knee has been giving him trouble for a little while now and just acted up.
"Going to get treatment see how it feels," Puig said.
Andre Ethier had three hits, including a two-run homer, to lift the Dodgers to their fifth straight victory. They're now 35-8 since the All-Star break.
The Dodgers' bullpen struggled late, with Ronald Belisario allowing two runs in the eighth to cut the lead to 8-7. But he got Michael Cuddyer to hit into an inning-ending double play with the tying runner on third.
Kershaw had a forgettable first inning, giving up an uncharacteristic three runs. After that, he quickly settled into a groove, even helping himself out at the plate with a tiebreaking two-run single in the fifth.
"Just be aggressive with him," Arenado said of his team's approach at the plate. "His stuff is really good. You try not to get behind in the count and we got to him pretty good."
"I didn't pitch great. They got a ton of hits. Just one of those days," said Kershaw, who was 2 for 2 with a sacrifice at the plate. "They beat me up pretty good. The team picked me up. Got a bunch of runs today. Feels good."
And well-warranted, in Mattingly's opinion.
"He deserved one of these as good as he's pitched," Mattingly said. "Obviously, there's nothing wrong with Clayton Kershaw."
Newly acquired Dodgers INF Michael Young could make his first start Tuesday at third base. He struck out Monday when he was called on to pinch-hit in the ninth. Young was acquired over the weekend from the Philadelphia Phillies for a minor league pitcher. ... The Dodgers plan to keep OF Matt Kemp (ankle) on a rehab assignment until he feels comfortable. "We'd all like to have him back as soon as possible," Mattingly said. ... Mattingly said RHP Edinson Volquez will start Wednesday's game against Colorado. ... Helton got the afternoon off a day after collecting his 2,500th hit, while Tulowitzki (sore legs) and Dexter Fowler (knee) also were out. ... Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez (sprained right middle finger) could soon come off the disabled list.
DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 02: Starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers delivers against the...(Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Regular Season Series
|Colorado leads 10-9 (as of Mon 9/2)|
|Mon 4/29||COL 12, @LAD 2||Recap|
|Tue 4/30||@LAD 6, COL 2||Recap|
|Wed 5/1||COL 7, @LAD 3||Recap|
|Fri 5/31||LAD 7, @COL 5||Recap|
|Sat 6/1||@COL 7, LAD 6||Recap|
|Sun 6/2||@COL 7, LAD 2||Recap|
|Tue 7/2||LAD 8, @COL 0||Recap|
|Wed 7/3||LAD 10, @COL 8||Recap|
|Thu 7/4||@COL 9, LAD 5||Recap|
|Thu 7/11||@LAD 6, COL 1||Recap|
|Fri 7/12||COL 3, @LAD 0||Recap|
|Sat 7/13||@LAD 1, COL 0||Recap|
|Sun 7/14||COL 3, @LAD 1||Recap|
|» Mon 9/2||LAD 10, @COL 8||Box Score|
|Tue 9/3||LAD 7, @COL 4||Recap|
|Wed 9/4||@COL 7, LAD 5||Recap|
|Fri 9/27||@LAD 11, COL 0||Recap|
|Sat 9/28||COL 1, @LAD 0||Recap|
|Sun 9/29||COL 2, @LAD 1||Recap|
|Complete Schedule: Dodgers | Rockies|
|1st||A Ethier grounded into fielder's choice to first, C Crawford scored, A Gonzalez to third, H Ramirez safe at second on throwing error by first baseman J Pacheco.||1||0|
|1st||M Cuddyer reached on infield single to third, J Rutledge scored, D LeMahieu to second.||1||1|
|1st||W Rosario singled to center, D LeMahieu scored, M Cuddyer to third.||1||2|
|1st||N Arenado grounded into double play, shortstop to second to first, M Cuddyer scored, W Rosario out at second.||1||3|
|3rd||A Ellis singled to deep right center, A Ethier scored, M Ellis to third.||2||3|
|5th||J Uribe singled to right, A Ethier scored, A Ellis to third, J Uribe to second advancing on throw.||3||3|
|5th||C Kershaw singled to center, A Ellis and J Uribe scored.||5||3|
|5th||N Arenado doubled to deep center, M Cuddyer scored.||5||4|
|5th||J Pacheco singled to center, N Arenado scored.||5||5|
|6th||H Ramirez hit sacrifice fly to center, Y Puig scored.||6||5|
|6th||A Ethier homered to right (386 feet), A Gonzalez scored.||8||5|
|8th||C Dickerson doubled to deep right center, C Blackmon scored.||8||6|
|8th||J Rutledge singled to center, T Chatwood scored.||8||7|
|9th||J Uribe singled to center, M Ellis scored, A Ellis to third.||9||7|
|9th||C Crawford hit a ground rule double to deep center, A Ellis scored, J Uribe to third.||10||7|
|9th||W Rosario homered to right (374 feet).||10||8|
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|Stadium||Coors Field, Denver, CO|
|Attendance||36,822 (73.1% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||90 degrees, partly cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Larry Vanover, First Base - Manny Gonzalez, Second Base - Brian Gorman, Third Base - Tony Randazzo|
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