There's nothing like a little Clayton Kershaw on your squad to calm those playoff-race nerves. Nationals starter Doug Fister tried to hold on, with four scoreless frames to start the game. But when Fister left the game in the sixth having given up four runs to the Dodgers, the loss was all but etched in stone. Juan Uribe's sixth-inning, two-run shot to left (scoring Carl Crawford) was the last chisel point in said stone, with the Dodgers leading 4-0.
And Kershaw was still dealing. His line: 8.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 Ks--good enough for his major-league-leading 17th win. Kenley Jansen struck out the side in the ninth for the save.
Besides the Uribe HR, Adrian Gonzalez got an RBI on an infield single to shortstop, which scored Clayton Kershaw from third as well as Dee Gordon from second; Gordon was rounding third when Ian Desmond fielded the ball, and Desmond tried to lob one home that sailed over the head of the Nationals' catcher, for an error.
But four runs is more than enough margin for Kershaw, who is about as automatic as one could imagine. Bryce Harper got a solo HR off of Kershaw in the seventh, but struck out to end the game (see below screenshot from mlb.com GameDay):
No whey protein Gatorade bars for me, then.
Lead stays at two games.