Nothing the surging Dodgers (42-35) did this past week overshadowed Clayton Kershaw’s first-ever no-hitter against Colorado on Wednesday at the Stadium.
Kershaw, a two-time Cy Young winner, struck out 15, walked none in the 8-0 masterpiece, and allowed Corey Dickerson to reach on shortstop Hanley Ramirez’s two-base throwing error to lead off the seventh inning.
“Physically I felt great,’’ said Kershaw (7-2) the day after the gem. “You just have to be consistent. The Rockies are a good hitting team. You start thinking about it [no-hitter] in the middle innings. Once you get to the seventh, you start thinking about it.”
On Sunday, Hyun-Jin Ryu (9-3) held San Diego to four hits and one earned run over six innings as the Dodgers won, 2-1, at Petco Park.
Adrian Gonzalez’s force out in the first scored Ramirez (two hits), who delivered a one-out hit. It became 2-0 in the second when Dee Gordon singled in Scott Van Slyke, who also singled.
Josh Beckett (5-4) limited the Padres to four hits with eight strikeouts and two walks across seven scoreless frames in a 4-2 win on Saturday, and was helped by Ramirez (two hits), who had a scoring fly in the third and a run-scoring single in the fifth. Gordon singled, drove in a run, scored two runs, and stole his 39th base, the best in the majors.
Closer Kenley Jansen couldn’t hold a two-run lead in the ninth inning as San Diego rallied for a 6-5 triumph on Friday as Carlos Quentin and Will Venable each had run-scoring doubles.
The Blue Crew led 2-1 after one frame, and 5-2 heading into the sixth. Yasiel Puig (single) drove in two runs and scored a run, Gonzalez (double) and Matt Kemp (single) each had a run batted in, while Gordon (triple) scored two runs.
Zack Greinke (9-3) scattered six hits with five strikeouts and two walks while yielding one earned run in six innings during Tuesday’s 4-2 decision over the Rockies, as Ramirez lined a two-run homer (11th) in the third inning, and Kemp added a solo bomb in the fourth.
On Monday, the Dodgers shelled Colorado, 6-1, behind Gordon (four hits) with two runs, Puig (three hits) had an RBI with a run, Kemp (two hits) chimed in with two RBIs, and A.J. Ellis (two hits) drove in a run.