Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw dominated over his Giant foe known as Tim Lincecum on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium.
Kershaw and Lincecum battled in somewhat of a pitchers duel, AJ Ellis had a big night along with rookie Yasiel Puig, as the Dodgers defeated the San Francisco Giants 4-2 to complete the sweep.
The Dodgers jumped out to the better start when Hanley Ramirez connected on an RBI single that scored Mark Ellis for the 1-0 lead in the third inning.
Later on in the fourth inning, the Giants answered back with a big Buster Posey two run homer off Kershaw for the 2-1 lead.
The Dodgers exploded in the sixth inning as Andre Ethier singled to right field that scored Ramirez for the 2-2 tie. AJ Ellis muscled his way to a double to a deep left that scored Ethier. Due to a wild pitch by Lincecum to Skip Schumaker, Juan Uribe advanced to second base, and Ellis scored that extended the lead 4-2 over the rival Giants.
Kershaw took his heat into the ninth inning until he gave up a lead off single to Marco Scutaro. That play caused manager Don Mattingly to make a significant change on the mound. Kensley Jansen entered the game and picked up three outs for his sixth save on the season.
Clayton Kershaw (6-5) picked up the win and pitched eight innings, gave up four hits with seven strike outs.
“There were a few three- or four-pitch sequences there where there was a lapse. So there’s some little things to work on here and there. But overall, it was better tonight for sure,” said Kershaw.
Tim Lincecum (4-8) recieved the loss and threw 5 1/3 innings. He gave up ten hits with four runs and four strike outs.
“You kind of look forward to it, just because it make you rise to the occasion and pitch better,” Lincecum said of facing Kershaw. “I was more intent on being aggressive, but I just didn’t put pitches where I needed to and when I should have.”
Lincecum is a dismal 1-7 in his last eight starts with a 5.24 ERA, and hasn’t won a game since early May against the Braves.
The Dodgers are currently sitting on a five game winning streak. This past Sunday the Dodgers were 9.5 games out of first place in the NL West, and after the sweep of the Giants are now just 6 games out of first place.
Puig added three hits on the night against the Giants.
The Dodgers have a four game series against the NL East Philadelphia Phillies starting Thursday night at Dodger Stadium.