LOS ANGELES — With 3 weeks to move within the common season and the Los Angeles Dodgers locked in a good pennant race, Clayton Kershaw is again simply in time.
Kershaw struck out 5 in his first get started since July Three and the Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks Five-1 on Monday evening for his or her 7th instantly house victory.
“I neglected it,” Kershaw mentioned. “No longer a large number of higher emotions on this planet than attending to pitch right here and getting a win.”
Activated from the injured checklist previous within the day, Kershaw had neglected 57 video games with elbow irritation.
“He’s been depressing,” supervisor Dave Roberts mentioned. “He hates now not competing and now not taking part in. I do know he’s been looking forward to at the moment for reasonably a while.”
So have his teammates.
“We’re all simply excited to peer him again in the market,” 3rd baseman Justin Turner mentioned.
The 33-year-old left-hander gave up 4 hits, walked one and did not determine within the choice after throwing 50 pitches over Four 0.33 innings. Kershaw reached on an infield unmarried in the second one and sacrificed within the fourth.
“I used to be throwing extra curveballs these days than I’ve prior to now, however that simply looked as if it would figure out easiest. Were given to get that slider operating,” the three-time Cy Younger Award winner mentioned. “There’s now not a large number of time to figure out the kinks.”
Phil Bickford (Four-2) were given the win with one inning of scoreless reduction.
With the second-place Dodgers chasing NL West-leading San Francisco, Kershaw’s go back provides them some other front-line starter to enroll in Walker Buehler, Max Scherzer and Julio Urías, all of whom are robust Cy Younger Award contenders.
“For me so as to be a part of it’s massive,” Kershaw mentioned. “Possibly I will get thru six subsequent time. That might be superior.”
The protecting International Collection champion Dodgers remained 2 half video games at the back of the Giants in pursuit in their 9th consecutive department identify. San Francisco clinched a playoff berth with its 8th instantly win, Nine-1 over San Diego.
“The Giants aren’t dropping,” Kershaw mentioned. “They’re now not making it simple on us.”
Kershaw was once throwing his fastball about 91 mph ahead of going at the IL. He touched 90 a couple of instances within the first when he wanted 20 pitches to get out of the inning. He retired the facet within the 3rd, his most effective blank inning.
“To look him stand up and down 5 instances was once incredible,” Roberts mentioned. “The largest factor was once for him to return out of this sense excellent and short of for extra.”
The Dodgers took a Three-1 lead within the first on Corey Seager’s RBI unmarried and Turner’s two-run double into the left-field nook. Turner added a solo homer, his 25th, within the 8th.
Austin Barnes doubled into the left-field nook within the 6th, extending the result in Four-1.
Arizona’s lone run got here on Josh Rojas’ RBI unmarried within the first.
Diamondbacks starter Zac Gallen (2-10) gave up 4 runs and 8 hits in Five 0.33 innings. He struck out 4 and walked 3.
“They got here out swinging within the first inning,” Gallen mentioned.
Diamondbacks: RHP Tyler Clippard was once cleared to renew baseball job after being at the COVID-19 injured checklist, despite the fact that he by no means examined sure for the virus. … RHP Merrill Kelly had a 38-pitch bullpen in Arizona. He has been out since a good COVID-19 take a look at on Aug. 14. … OF Kole Calhoun (strained left hamstring) will hit and start a baserunning program. … LHP Caleb Smith will throw a simulated sport in Arizona on Tuesday to stick in form whilst serving a 10-game suspension for having a overseas substance on his glove. Smith misplaced an enchantment and started serving his punishment Saturday.
Dodgers: OF AJ Pollock (hamstring) has had no setbacks as he will increase his job day-to-day. He may not commute with the staff to Cincinnati later this week, and is predicted to play in some minor league rehab video games as an alternative. … INF/OF Chris Taylor (neck) neglected his 3rd instantly sport. The staff is giving him a pair extra days to enhance ahead of you make a decision Wednesday at the injured checklist.
Making his fourth occupation get started in left subject, Gavin Lux lower in entrance of heart fielder Cody Bellinger to catch a deep fly from Arizona’s Carson Kelly within the 3rd. Bellinger were given smacked within the face by way of Lux’s glove as they just about collided at the caution monitor. Christian Walker got here up subsequent and hit some other fly. Bellinger two times waved his glove in Lux’s course to stay him away and made the catch to finish the inning. Lux ran off guffawing.
A number of former Dodgers stars got here in combination to rejoice Tommy Lasorda bobblehead evening. Ron Cey, former pitching trainer Rick Honeycutt, Eric Karros, Rick Monday, Manny Mota, Chan Ho Park, Steve Yeager and Fernando Valenzuela swapped tales about their past due Corridor of Reputation supervisor within the dugout ahead of the sport. They joined lovers within the conventional shout of “It’s time for Dodger baseball!” as the group tipped their caps to the sky. Lasorda’s granddaughter, Emily, bounced a throw to Roberts for the ceremonial first pitch, with Lasorda’s daughter, Laura, taking a look on. Lasorda died in January at 93.
Diamondbacks: RHP Luke Weaver (Three-Four, Four.24 ERA) is 1-1 with a Five.25 ERA in 3 begins at Dodger Stadium.
Dodgers: RHP Tony Gonsolin (2-1, 2.79) makes his moment get started since coming off the IL. He faces Arizona for the fourth time this season, having allowed 4 runs in Nine 0.33 innings with no choice.
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