Clayton Kershaw reached two career milestones, keeping Arizona without a hit until the sixth inning Thursday night. The Los Angeles Dodgers led 5-1 past the Diamondbacks to score their fifth straight win.
While Kershaw (5-1) scored eight strikeouts over six goalless innings, he became the 39th pitcher in Major League history with 2,500 strikeouts when he fanned Nick Ahmed in the second. The left-hander caught Christy Mathewson (2,502) and overtook him to 38th place on the baseball career list by putting Carson Kelly and Tim Locastro in third place.
AJ Pollock had a tight homer and Mookie Betts added an RBI single in the seventh for the leading Dodgers (29-10) who won 18 out of 21. Corey Seager had three goals for Los Angeles, which it also won 10 in a row at Dodger Stadium after defeating Arizona.
Throwing his only no-hitter in 2014, Kershaw allowed three base runners but no hits until Christian Walker hit a grounder to shortstop with two outs in the sixth. Kike Hernandez made the stop but had a hard throw and forced Cody Bellinger to jump off the bag first, which made Walker inches more confident.
Kershaw got a grounder from David Peralta in his 99th and last place.
During this coronavirus-shortened season, 32-year-old Kershaw is on a role that resembles the most dominant portions of his 13 years in blue. Since August 20, he has thrown 15 consecutive scoreless innings, giving up just two runs and 10 hits with 29 strikeouts in 26 innings in his last four starts.
Luke Weaver (1-6) bounced back from a tough first inning, throwing 5 1/3 innings of the four-hit ball while knocking out 14 Dodgers in a row, but the free-falling Diamondbacks lost 13 of 14.
After Kershaw left, Arizona won against the NL's best bullpen. Ahmed left and met Andy Young's grounder in the seventh ahead of Dylan Floro, and the Diamondbacks bet on two more runners in the eighth without scoring against Blake Treinen.
Los Angeles jumped forward in the first round when Seager hit Bellinger's ground ball before Chris Taylor added an RBI single.
Arizona got three base runners in the first five innings against Kershaw with two walks and one hit, but Kershaw escaped a two-runner jam in the fifth.
Pollock, the longtime thug from Arizona, got his first Keury Mella pitch straight to the center for his seventh homer. Betts then drove in his 28th round of his stellar Dodgers debut season.
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The Dodgers finished their fifth run of the season. On Wednesday, they extended their season opening streak to 13 without losing a streak, just one step short of the 1977 franchise record.
Diamondbacks: Veterans Eduardo Escobar and Ketel Marte had the night off after both playing every game since mid-August. With Tore Arizona nearly out of the race, manager Torey Lovullo essentially confirmed that he plans to give younger players more playing time on the track. … LHP Travis Bergen made his Arizona debut with two reliefs in the sixth after being recalled the previous Thursday.
Dodgers: Bellinger went 0 to 4 on the return of the 2019 NL MVP after an absence of two games with a sore side muscle … RHP Pedro Baez was scheduled to throw in the bullpen on Thursday as he returns from a right groin injury. … RHP Joe Kelly is likely to throw a bullpen this weekend.
Diamondbacks: Taylor Clarke (1-0, 2.22 ERA) takes the hill in San Francisco for a series opener against Tyler Anderson (1-2, 4.75 ERA).
Dodgers: Dustin May (1-1, 2.83 ERA) starts the season for the eighth time in a series opening game against the Rockies, who counter with Antonio Senzatela (3-1, 3.32 ERA).