9:05 PM ET, July 26, 2014
AT&T Park, San Francisco, California
SAN FRANCISCO -- Clayton Kershaw continued to spoil his manager with another brilliant performance.
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"You don't take for granted being in first place," Kershaw said. "We know those guys will be right there with us to the end. We know we have to win a few more games to stay in first."
Kershaw (12-2) walked one and struck out seven in his ninth career shutout and second this season. It was also his fourth complete game of the year and 15th of his career. The left-hander improved to 12-6 with a 1.40 ERA in 23 career games against the Giants, including 7-2 with a 0.69 ERA at AT&T Park.
"It's fun to win," Kerhsaw said. "I'm happy now, but if I lose the next time out I won't be happy. We kept scoring runs, and it seems like if I can keep throwing zeros the first three innings, we have a good chance. It's been holding true."
Clayton Kershaw threw his second shutout of the season Saturday and lowered his career ERA to 1.40 against the Giants, the lowest by any pitcher against a single opponent in the past 100 years with a minimum of 20 starts.
|--Source: Elias Sports Bureau|
Kershaw On A Roll
Clayton Kershaw has won nine consecutive decisions, which is the longest streak in MLB this season. He hasn't lost a decision since May 28.
Kershaw has made 15 consecutive quality starts against the Giants, the most by a pitcher since Bob Gibson had 16 straight between 1968 and 1972.
"Vogey has had some tough luck, whether it's the run support or things going awry," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "The sun played a part in it tonight and it cost us a run."
The Giants have been shut out in four of Vogelsong's last five starts and the right-hander has received an average of two runs per game of support at home, the second lowest in the NL. Vogelsong lost his fifth straight decision, matching his longest such streak since 2011.
"I stopped making good pitches is what happened," Vogelsong said. "I can't put a finger on it other than I missed some spots and they got some hits."
"He was unbelievable," Uribe said. "It seems like he can do that every time."
Gonzalez singled home a run in the seventh.
Giants C Hector Sanchez was placed on the 7-day DL with a mild concussion. C Andrew Susac was recalled from Triple-A Fresno and made his major league debut as a defensive replacement in the eighth inning. ... RHP Jake Peavy, who arrived at the park during the sixth after being acquired from Boston, makes his NL season debut in Sunday's series finale. He's 8-5 in San Francisco and 14-2 overall against the Dodgers. ... The Dodgers have won Kershaw's past 10 starts. ... Dodgers OF Matt Kemp singled in the fifth and now has 136 hits against the Giants, second among active players. Gonzalez has 132. . LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (11-5, 3.39) makes Sunday's start for the Dodgers. He's 7-2 in 10 road starts. . L.A. manager Don Mattingly said before the game that he "feels a difference in the stands" in the rivalry. "It's not just any other game anymore," he said.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JULY 26: Ryan Vogelsong #32 of the San Francisco Giants pitches in the top of the first...(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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|4th||H Ramirez singled to left, A Gonzalez scored, H Ramirez out stretching at second.||1||0|
|5th||J Uribe singled to left, C Crawford scored, M Kemp to second.||2||0|
|6th||C Crawford grounded into fielder's choice to second, Y Puig scored, A Gonzalez to third.||3||0|
|6th||J Uribe doubled to center, C Crawford scored, M Kemp to third.||4||0|
|7th||A Gonzalez singled to left, D Gordon scored.||5||0|
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|Stadium||AT&T Park, San Francisco, CA|
|Attendance||42,060 (100.3% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||73 degrees, partly cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Adam Hamari, First Base - Alfonso Marquez, Second Base - Paul Schrieber, Third Base - Mike Everitt|
Clayton Kershaw has a 1.48 ERA in 22 career starts against the Giants, which is the second-lowest ERA against a single opponent among pitchers to debut since ERA was first officially kept in 1912 (min. 20 starts). Only Sandy Koufax has a better career ERA against a single opponent (1.44 vs Mets).[+]
Lowest Career ERA vs Single Opponent
But it gets better...he has a career 0.78 ERA in 9 starts (10 appearances overall) at AT&T park. That is the best ERA by any active pitcher at a single ballpark (min. 5 starts). Kershaw has more starts at AT&T park with 0 earned runs allowed (5) than 1+ earned runs allowed (4). He has never allowed more than 2 earned runs in a start at the ballpark.[+]
49-31, 3.08 career ERA in August/September (82-76, 3.84 career ERA prior to August) 14-2, 2.21 ERA vs Dodgers 0-3, 9.27 ERA in 5 postseason starts, 3rd-highest ERA through 1st 5 career postseason starts all-time
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