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Kershaw tosses 7 strong innings, Dodgers beat Rockies 6-1

Kershaw tosses 7 strong innings, Dodgers beat Rockies 6-1

Clayton Kershaw held Colorado to four hits and a run over seven strong innings to lead the Los Angeles Dodgers over the Rockies 6-1 on Saturday night.

Chris Taylor homered, tripled and drove in three runs and AJ Pollock also hit a home run for the NL West leaders.

Kershaw (6-2) threw just 86 pitches — 59 for strikes — while striking out six and not walking a batter.

“It feels good to pitch well here and get a win. It’s a tough place, you just try and do your best here,” said Kershaw, who improved to 11-5 in his career at Coors Field. “I felt like my curveball was a little bit better than my last start, which was encouraging. Just keep building, felt good.”cheap nike nfl jersey

Kevin Pillar had two hits and Raimel Tapia doubled and scored for the scuffling Rockies. Colorado has lost four straight.

Taylor hit a two-run triple in the first and then homered leading off the fourth, his seventh of the season, to put the Dodgers ahead 3-1 and give Kershaw all the runs he needed.3

“He’s fun to play behind. As an infielder, I appreciate it,” Taylor said. “I think it’s more predictable what the hitters are going to do against him because he always hits his spots. He gets a lot of rollovers from righties. I love pitchers who work ahead and throw strikes and keep you in the game. I appreciate that as a shortstop. I think our whole defense appreciates that.”

Pollock hit his 12th home run of the season in the seventh to give LA a major league-high 100 this season. The Dodgers scored two more on a wild pitch by reliever Mychal Givens and a throwing error on a pickoff attempt that allowed Mookie Betts to score from second base.cheap nfl jerseys china nike

“The throw to second base on an attempted pickoff was not wise,” Rockies manager Bud Black said.

Colorado got its only run in the first when Tapia legged out a double, stole third and came home on a groundout.

“Tap was hard out of the box right from the get-go, good hard turn and recognized there was a really good chance to get to second and went for it,” Black said. “It was Tap out of the box, making a good read.