Clayton Kershaw helps Dodgers end 11-game skid, wins 17th

Yasiel Puig capped a four-run fourth inning with a two-run double, and Clayton Kershaw combined with three relievers to protect a lead, allowing the Dodgers to snap an 11-game losing streak with a 5-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants. "I got the text from (manager Bruce Bochy) earlier today and I thought it was a joke at first". "You see guys enjoying this win more than they usually do. That's a good thing". 17 games and 16 losses later, the Dodgers have 92 victories, the Nats 88. There aren't too many position players that would be worth shelling out money too, and besides that, the Dodgers have more than enough depth to fill out each position with in house replacements.

The Giants have five of them after having just one this season. "You have to play your best ball, and we didn't do that".

Span got the Giants off to a fast start, ripping a two-run homer into McCovey Cove in the first. Los Angeles held a 4-2 lead when he was pulled from the game.

Granderson has had a less than ideal start to his Dodger career and will most likely go in free agency as well. "I wasn't very good tonight". It hasn't always been our way all the time. He said he did not expect the game to be resumed after the final rain delay began to drag out. The Dodgers are 21-3 in games started by their ace this season.

"This needs to happen", Kershaw said. "Every time we lost, it made it that much harder to win a game". A reminder: This roster is 24-51 on the road this season. "To go out and give that kind of effort that says a lot about them". Hunter Pence drifted toward a pop-up to shallow right and watched as it dropped behind Joe Panik. We can't let up.

Stripling then got Posey to ground into a double play, ending the threat.

The Dodgers stranded 13 baserunners, the Giants 11.

First pitch for Monday's Giants-Dodgers game came at 7:57, 42 minutes late.

In three plate appearances against the best pitcher in the world, Kelby Tomlinson had a homer, single and walk.

Another day (a couple of 'em, actually), another loss for the Dodgers.

Taylor then grounded to shortstop Tomlinson, who easily had Kershaw trying to advance to third. Tomlinson tried to get Kershaw at third on an ensuing grounder, but his throw was wide.

Again, no error was charged. This time, the full tarp went back on and stayed there for more than two hours.

"It's baseball, right?" Cueto said of his bad luck.

"To come back under these circumstances, it's a long flight from Chicago, I'm sure the guys were tired", Bochy said. "It's just part of the game".

Despite the recent tailspin, Los Angeles still owns the best record in the majors at 93-52. After the season-opening series in Los Angeles, the next four trips are three-city swings. Maeda's next start has been pushed back to next Wednesday or Thursday against the Philadelphia Phillies. The play originally was ruled a fielder's choice. It's weird, and makes for a sort-of six-game series.

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