Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw sublime as usual in first start since July

Clayton Kershaw starteda Major League Baseball game on Friday for the first time in 40 daysand didn’t mi s beat.His last start, July 23 against the Mets, ended after two innings as the three-time Cy Young winner left with back i sues.Kershaw was given the chance Friday to feast on someof his favorite prey the Padres, against whom he has not allowed more than one earned run in six straight starts. That streak continued as Kershaw pitched six scorele s innings in San Diego, allowing a scant two hits and no walks and striking out seven.Yep Kershaw’s gonna Kershaw. #Filthy MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) September 2, 2017Kershaw Maikel Franco Jersey ‘s return could not have come at a better time for the Dodgers, who had lost five straight games ahead of their weekend series at Petco Park. Kershaw outdueled Padres’ starter Dinelson Lamet, andBrandon Morrow pitched the seventh inning, Tony Watson the eighth andKenley Jansenclosed the deal in the ninth in L.A. ‘s 1-0win.Kershaw is 9-1 after a Dodgers lo s this season.Kershaw’s ERA dipped to 1.95 and per ESPN, with a 1.90 ERA over the past five seasons, he’s on pace to join Sandy Koufax as the only starters in the live ball era with a sub-2.00 ERA over five seasons.