Kershaw States MVP Case As Dodgers Clinch NL West

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A.J. Ellis drew a lead off walk in the bottom of the third and took second on Kershaw’s sacrifice bunt. He got as far as third base before being stranded by Dee Gordon and Yasiel Puig, and the Dodgers continued to trail 1-0 at the end of three innings.

Pablo Sandoval hit a leadoff single in the fourth, however he didn’t get any further as Kershaw retired the next three batters. Hudson needed just 10 pitches to sail through the bottom half of the inning.

Hudson hit Crawford with a pitch in the fifth inning to put the tying run with no outs. With two down and Crawford standing on third, Kershaw hit his first career triple to tie the game.

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Puig led off the sixth with a solo home run to put the Dodgers ahead and it was the start of a big inning. Matt Kemp hit a one-out double that knocked Hudson out of the game. Javier Lopez intentionally walked Ramirez and gave up a two-run double on his first pitch to Crawford.

Jean Machi relieved Lopez and gave up an RBI single to Uribe that gave the Dodgers a 5-1 lead. Kershaw pitched a scoreless eighth inning and left the field to MVP chants that reverberated throughout Dodger Stadium.

Uribe added two runs with a bases-loaded single and Ellis drove in another on a fielder’s choice. With two outs and the bases loaded, Juan Gutierrez walked in the Dodgers’ fourth run of the inning.

With a 9-1 lead, Brian Wilson entered the game in the ninth and put away his former team. The win meant a second consecutive NL West title for the Dodgers.

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