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Leave it to seven-time All-Star pitcher Clayton Kershaw to end a losing streak.

Last Sunday at the Stadium on Jackie Robinson Day, Kershaw went seven innings as the Dodgers (5-9) defeated Arizona 7-2.

The win ended an 11-game regular season losing streak to the Diamondbacks (11-4) and also halted a three-game losing skein.

Kershaw (1-2) struck out 12, didn’t allow a walk, gave up two hits with one run and owns a 1.73 earned-run average.

Yasiel Puig (run) had two runs batted in with a single in the third inning, Chris Taylor had a solo homer in the fourth and a two-run double in the fifth.

On Saturday, the Blue Crew fell 9-1 as Rich Hill (1-1) was roughed up for seven runs and seven hits over five frames.

Paul Goldschmidt (two runs) sliced two singles and a two-run homer while A.J. Pollock delivered a solo shot and a two-run bomb.

Kenta Maeda (1-1) didn’t have his best stuff on Friday as the Boys in Blue lost 8-7.

Maeda gave up five hits and five runs (two earned) in two and two-third innings as Arizona led 5-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth.

The Dodgers made it close after scoring three runs in the seventh and two in the eighth.

Cody Bellinger (three hits) clubbed a solo homer, Taylor (two hits with two runs) a solo blast and pinch hitter Chase Utley a two-run single.

Oakland collected 21 hits in a 16-6 blitz of the Boys of Summer on Wednesday at Chavez Ravine including Jed Lowrie (three hits with two runs) walloping a three-run rocket and finishing with four RBIs and Marcus Semien (three runs with two hits) also knocking in four runs.

Hyun-Jin Ryu (1-0) twirled six scoreless innings with eight strikeouts and one walk in a 4-0 triumph over the Athletics on Tuesday.

Taylor and Corey Seager each slapped solo homers in the first, Matt Kemp (two hits) added a solo bullet in the sixth and Logan Forsythe a run-scoring double in the same frame.

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The Sports Department Rick Assad has written about sports for the Pasadena Star-News and Los Angeles Times. Contact him at richsports5@sbcglobal.net.

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