By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw struck out 5 in his first begin since July 3 and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-1 on Monday night time for his or her seventh straight residence win.
Activated from the injured record earlier in the day, Kershaw had missed 57 games with elbow irritation.
The 33-year-old left-hander gave up 4 hits, walked one and did not determine in the choice after throwing 50 pitches over 4 1/3 innings. Kershaw reached on an infield single in the second and sacrificed in the fourth.
Phil Bickford (4-2) obtained the win with one inning of scoreless aid.
With the second-place Dodgers chasing NL West-leading San Francisco, Kershaw’s return offers them one other front-line starter to hitch Walker Buehler, Max Scherzer and Julio Urías, all of whom are sturdy Cy Young Award contenders.
Kershaw was throwing his fastball about 91 mph earlier than happening the IL. He touched 90 just a few instances in the primary when he wanted 20 pitches to get out of the inning. He retired the facet in the third, his solely clear inning.
The Dodgers took a 3-1 lead in the primary on Corey Seager’s RBI single and Justin Turner’s two-run double into the left-field nook. Turner added a solo homer, his twenty fifth, in the eighth.
Austin Barnes doubled into the left-field nook in the sixth, extending the result in 4-1.
Arizona’s lone run got here on Josh Rojas’ RBI single in the primary.
Diamondbacks starter Zac Gallen (2-10) gave up 4 runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out 4 and walked three.
Diamondbacks: RHP Tyler Clippard was cleared to renew baseball exercise after being on the COVID-19 injured record, though he by no means examined constructive for the virus. … RHP Merrill Kelly had a 38-pitch bullpen in Arizona. He has been out since a constructive 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 game in Arizona on Tuesday to remain in form whereas serving a 10-game suspension for having a overseas substance on his glove. Smith misplaced an attraction and commenced serving his punishment Saturday.
Dodgers: OF AJ Pollock (hamstring) has had no setbacks as he will increase his exercise every day. He will not journey with the crew to Cincinnati later this week, and is predicted to play in some minor league rehab games as an alternative. … INF/OF Chris Taylor (neck) missed his third straight game. The crew is giving him a pair extra days to enhance earlier than making a call Wednesday on the injured record.
Making his fourth profession begin in left discipline, Gavin Lux lower in entrance of middle fielder Cody Bellinger to catch a deep fly from Arizona’s Carson Kelly in the third. Bellinger obtained smacked in the face by Lux’s glove as they practically collided on the warning observe. Christian Walker got here up subsequent and hit one other fly. Bellinger twice waved his glove in Lux’s course to maintain him away and made the catch to finish the inning. Lux ran off laughing.
Several former Dodgers stars got here collectively to have fun Tommy Lasorda bobblehead night time. Ron Cey, former pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, Eric Karros, Rick Monday, Manny Mota, Chan Ho Park, Steve Yeager and Fernando Valenzuela swapped tales about their late Hall of Fame supervisor in the dugout earlier than the game. They joined followers in the standard 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 supervisor Dave Roberts for the ceremonial first pitch, with Lasorda’s daughter, Laura, looking on. Lasorda died in January at 93.
Diamondbacks: RHP Luke Weaver (3-4, 4.24 ERA) is 1-1 with a 5.25 ERA in three begins at Dodger Stadium.
Dodgers: RHP Tony Gonsolin (2-1, 2.79) makes his second begin since coming off the IL. He faces Arizona for the fourth time this season, having allowed 4 runs in 9 1/3 innings with out a determination.
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