Los Angeles Dodgers

Clayton Kershaw wins MLB best 17th game

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Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw turned in eight strong innings for his major league-leading 17th when and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Washington Nationals 4-1. Kershaw (17-3) was dominating as usual allowing just three hits and one run, while walking two and striking out eight.

He lowered his league-leading ERA to 1.70. Kershaw is not only the odds-on favorite to win the National League Cy Young but wills receive strong consideration for MVP.

“He spoils us, that’s for sure,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “He’s just so valuable for us.”

Washington came into the game red-hot with 14 home runs in their previous four games, but proved to be no match for Kershaw who worked six shutout innings before giving up a solo home run to Bryce Harper in the seventh.

Kershaw retired 12 straight batters at one point and with his 12 strikeouts surpassed the 200 strikeout mark for this season, the fifth consecutive season he has accomplished that feat. Kershaw joins in the company in doing so. Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, and Don Sutton are the only pitchers in franchise history with at least five seasons of 200+ strikeouts.

With the win, the Dodgers (78-61) moved behind the Nationals (78-59) for the National League’s best record.

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