Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw improved to 8-2, after allowing just six hits and a walk while striking out eight, as the Royals were shutdown by the two-time Cy Young winner in a 2-0 final. Kershaw hasn’t allowed a run in 21.1 innings, spanning his near-perfect game against Colorado on Wednesday and his previous start against Arizona.
Danny Duffy battled on the mound for the Royals once again, going six innings, allowing one run on four hits and four walks. A season-high pitch count of 105 did him in by the sixth inning. The Dodgers lone run off Duffy came in the first after Justin Turner tripled to lead off the game. He scored on a hard grounder by Adrian Gonzalez that deflected off Duffy for the only run Kershaw needed. Kelvin Herrera gave up an RBI single to Andre Ethier in the ninth.
Eric Hosmer quickly put to rest any thoughts of back-to-back no hitters for Kershaw, when he singled with two outs in the first. Hosmer finished with two hits, but the Royals never mounted much pressure at all, going 0 for 3 with runners in scoring position.