Dodgers escape from New York, 2-0

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Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

By Jon Weisman

Scoreless for 17 innings, the Dodgers left Yankee Stadium as winner of tonight’s game, winners of this week’s series and holders of a five-game lead in the National League West.

With five shutout innings from Clayton Kershaw and four from the bullpen, Los Angeles took advantage of two errors in the ninth inning to defeat New York, 2-0.

Corey Seager reached base on an error by second baseman Starlin Castro, stole second and came home on Justin Turner’s RBI double.

Turner, who appeared momentarily dazed from his head-first slide into second, stayed in the game. He went to third on a fly out by Adrian Gonzalez, then scored when Yankees reliever Dellin Betances threw away Yasmani Grandal’s infield grounder.

A rested Kenley Jansen, who had thrown only two official pitches in the past week, closed the game, following shutout relief by Grant Dayton, Pedro Baez and Luis Avilan. The relievers struck out nine in their 12 innings, with Dayton and Jansen striking out the side.

Never before in franchise history had four Dodger pitchers each had at least three strikeouts in a nine-inning game. This tied an NL record.

In 8 1/3 innings since August 27, Jansen has faced 26 batters and struck out 16, allowing two players to reach base. In the same time period, Dayton has faced 32 batters and struck out 15, also with a 0.00 ERA and no inherited runs scoring.

A dozen games into the month, the Dodgers’ September ERA is 2.06.

Earlier in the day, San Diego completed a three-game sweep of San Francisco. The Dodgers’ divisional lead matches their season high, and with 17 games remaining, their magic number to clinch the NL West is 13.

Los Angeles also clinched its sixth consecutive winning season, its longest such streak since 1969-78.

4 Comments

Outstanding pitching today from all. I think Kershaw has relieved a lot of Dodger fans mines with his outing today.

You can say that again.

The bullpen was magnificent in relief of Kershaw, great to see Jansen get his 44th save.

Man, isn’t it incredible what you can find out on Baseball Reference?! I love it!

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