Kershaw strikes out 13 in win over Giants
SAN FRANCISCO — Clayton Kershaw has been downright dominant for the Dodgers in San Francisco's home ballpark.
And, lately, everywhere else in between.
Never one to consider his strikeouts the measure of a successful night, Kershaw sat down the Giants all game until Justin Turner finally delivered the one big hit Los Angeles needed.
Kershaw struck out 13 over eight innings, Turner hit a go-ahead homer in the top of the ninth and the Dodgers beat the Giants 3-2 on Friday night after losing three of four in their last visit to AT&T Park.
Kershaw (9-1) outdueled Johnny Cueto to improve to 7-0 over his last eight starts, and with 82 strikeouts to just three walks during that stretch since an April 26 loss to Miami. He is 3-0 in six road starts and 10-3 with a 1.30 ERA in 17 outings here.
"It was a fun game to be a part of," Kershaw said. "Johnny's pitching. You kind of see why he's so good."
Turner hit a 2-1 pitch from Santiago Casilla (1-2) to left field to start the ninth and the Dodgers shaved a game off the Giants' NL West lead to pull within three — though both clubs know this race surely will be decided down the stretch.
The Dodgers have won the last five games against the Giants when Kershaw pitches, and the lefty is 18-7 in 33 starts facing rival San Francisco.
"These guys, you have to beat them," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "To have Kersh take the mound first game of the series, set the tone and to match Cueto pitch for pitch, those are two of the best in the game ... big hit by JT late, big lift for us."
Kenley Jansen allowed Brandon Belt's two-out double in the ninth followed by a walk to pinch-hitter Gregor Blanco before striking out Brandon Crawford on a 3-2 pitch for his 17th save.
The Dodgers improved to 12-1 in Kershaw's outings, while the Giants dropped to 11-2 when Cueto takes the mound. He had beaten Los Angeles in consecutive April starts.
Cueto, who was trying to become the majors' third 10-game winner of the night after Washington's Stephen Strasburg and Chris Sale of the White Sox, had his home scoreless streak of 29 1/3 innings snapped in the first when he fell behind 2-0.
The right-hander struck out eight in eight innings, allowing two runs on three hits with no walks.