After three weeks of the end of the regular season and the Los Angeles Dodgers locked in a tight pennant race, Clayton Kershaw is back just in time.
Kershaw withdrew five in his first start since July 3 and the Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-1 Monday Night Fortheir seventh consecutive home victory.
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"I missed it, " Kershaw said. " There aren't many better feelings in the world than to throw here and win. "
Activated since lAn injured player earlier in the day, Kershaw had missed 57 games with an inflamed elbow.
"He was miserable " said manager Dave Roberts. "He hates not competing and playing. I know he's been waiting for this day for a while.
With his teammates.
"We are all excited to see him again, "said third baseman Justin Turner.
The 33-year-old southpaw allowed four hits, walked one and was not in the decision after have thrown 50 throws in 4 1/3 innings. Kershaw hit a single in the infield in the second and sacrificed in the fourth.
"I was throwing more curved balls now than in the past, but it seemed to work better. this slider works, "said three-time award winner Cy Young. "There 's not a lot of time to fix the issues.
Phil Bickford (4-2) took the win with a round of san relief.s goal.
With the Dodgers in second place chasing NL West leaders San Francisco, Kershaw's return gives them another front row starter to join Walker Buehler, Max Scherzer and Julio Urias, who are all strong candidates for the Cy Young Award.
"For me, being able to be a part of it is huge," said Kershaw. "Maybe I can skip six next time around. That would be great.
The defending World Series champions Dodgers were 2 1/2 games behind the Giants in the pursuit of their ninth consecutive pision title. San Francisco clinched a playoff berth with its eighth straight win, 9-1 over San Diego.
"The Giants are not losing, " Kershaw's id. "They don't make it easy for us.
Kershaw was throwing his fastball at around 91 mph before switching to IL. He hit 90 a few times in the first when he needed 20 shots to get out of the game.th sleeve. He pulled the team out in the third, his only clean run.
"Seeing him up and down five times was fantastic," said Roberts. "The most important thing for him was to feel good and want more.
The Dodgers took a 3-1 lead in the first over Corey's RBI single Seager and Turner's double colon in the left corner. Turner added a solo homerun, his 25th, in the eighth.
Austin Barnes doubled up in the left corner in the sixth, taking the lead to 4-1.
Arizona Josh Rojas 'only run came from Josh Rojas' RBI single in the first.
Diamondbacks starter Zac Gallen (2-10) allowed four runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 sleeves. He pulled out four and walked three.
"They came out strong in the first run " said Gallen.
Diamondbacks: RHP Tyler Clippard was cleared to return to baseball after appearing on the list of injured COVID-19, although ugh he never tested positive for the virus. ... RHP Merrill Kelly had a 38-slot reliever pen in Arizona. He has been absent since a positive COVID-19 test on August 14. … OF Kole Calhoun (left hamstring tight) will strike and begin a basic running program. … LHP Caleb Smith will kick off a mock game in Arizona on Tuesday to stay in shape while serving a 10-game suspension for having a foreign substance on his glove. Smith lost a call and began serving his sentence on Saturday.
Dodgers: OF AJ Pollock (hamstring) has had no setbacks as he ramps up his activity daily. He will not travel with the team to Cincinnati later this week and is expected to play in mid-league rehab games instead.neures. ... INF / OF Chris Taylor (neck) missed his third game in a row. The team are giving him a few more days to improve before making a decision on the injured list on Wednesday.
Kicking off his fourth career in left field, Gavin Lux cut past center fielder Cody Bellinger to catch a deep volley from Arizona's Carson Kelly in the third. Bellinger was hit in the face by Lux's glove as they nearly collided on the warning track. Christian Walker came next and struck another fly. Bellinger waved his glove twice in Lux's direction to keep him clear and managed the catch to end the round. Lux ran away with laughter.
TOMMY 'S NIGHT
Several former Dodgers stars have gathered to celebrate Tommy Lasorda night. Ron Cey, former pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, Eric Karros, Rick Monday, Manny Mota, Chan Ho Park, Ste ve Yeager and Fernando Valenzuela exchanged stories about their late Hall of Fame manager in the canoe ahead of the game. They joined fans in the traditional shout of "It's Dodger Baseball Time! " As the crowd tipped their caps skyward. Lasorda's granddaughter, Emily, bounced Roberts for the ceremonial first pitch, as Lasorda's daughter Laura looked on. Lasorda died in January at the age of 93.
Diamondbacks: RHP Luke Weaver (3-4, 4.24 ERA) is 1-1 with a 5.25 ERA in three starts at Dodger Stadium.
Dodgers: RHP Tony Gonsolin (2-1, 2.79) is making his second start since coming out of IL. He faces Arizona for the fourth time this season, after allowing four runs in 9 1/3 innings without a decision.