08/21 01:35 CDT Kershaw passes Koufax on wins list, Dodgers thump Blue Jays
Kershaw passes Koufax on wins list, Dodgers thump Blue Jays
By BETH HARRIS
AP Sports Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) --- As good as he felt last week in Miami striking out 10 in
seven scoreless innings, Clayton Kershaw felt equally as bad back home at
"It's a humbling game," the Dodgers ace said.
Still, Kershaw navigated his way through six innings to pass Sandy Koufax for
most wins by a Dodgers left-hander and Los Angeles routed the Toronto Blue Jays
16-3 Tuesday night.
"It's special," said Kershaw, who at the same time is loath to consider the big
picture when it comes to his career achievements. "All the historical stuff is
for me to look back on when I retire. I'm not too focused on that, but try not
to take it for granted."
Kershaw (13-2) earned his 166th career victory, breaking a tie with Koufax for
fifth on the club's wins list. He allowed three runs and six hits --- including
two homers by rookie sensation Bo Bichette. He struck out six and walked three.
"I was pretty bad, so thankful we scored that many runs," Kershaw said. "You
just got to compete. Try to focus on the next pitch as best you can. It's not
going to look pretty at times."
Dodgers rookie Will Smith hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the third inning ---
one of five by the National League leaders who have hit 223. Cody Bellinger
notched his NL-leading and career-high 100th RBI of the season, driving in
three with a double that extended the Dodgers' lead to 8-2 in the fourth. He
was thrown out at third to end the inning and walked off as fans chanted, "MVP!
"When you can drive in 100 runs before September, it's pretty remarkable,"
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "That's production."
Bellinger was all smiles after getting caught at third, and not just because of
the MVP chants --- his pants fell down as he slid.
"That was funny," he said. "The belt didn't even break. My pants just fell,
don't even know how."
Bellinger is the first Dodger to reach the century mark since Adrian Gonzalez
had 116 in 2014.
Pitching on Lakers Night, Kershaw allowed a homer to --- of all people ---
Derek Fisher while falling into a 2-0 hole. But the Dodgers backed their
eight-time All-Star with four double plays and slugged five homers while
pounding out 15 hits.
Los Angeles broke out for five runs with two outs in the third to get the
A.J. Pollock hit a solo shot, Smith followed with his 11th homer and Corey
Seager added a two-run double in the third that chased Sean Reid-Foley, who
entered in the second after Buddy Boshers served as the opener.
Reid-Foley (2-4) gave up five runs and five hits in 1 2/3 innings. He struck
out two and walked two.
"If you walk people and against a good lineup like that, you're going to pay
the price," Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo said.
Max Muncy added a solo shot, his 32nd, in the sixth off Justin Shafer, who then
issued consecutive walks to Smith and Bellinger. That set up Chris Taylor's
three-run blast to left, giving the Dodgers a 12-3 lead.
Taylor came off the injured list earlier in the day after being out since July
15 with a broken left forearm.
Kik Hernandez also returned from the IL after being out since July 29 with a
sprained left hand. He was 1 for 5 with two strikeouts.
Visiting Los Angeles for the first time since 2007, Toronto dropped its third
in a row for the first time since July 4-6.
The Blue Jays ran through six pitchers before sending newly called up shortstop
Richard Urea to the mound in the eighth. That's when the Dodgers tacked on
four more runs, extending their lead to 16-3. Taylor had an RBI single before
Joc Pederson's three-run homer.
Bichette hit his first career leadoff homer in the first and did it again
leading off the sixth against Kershaw, giving the 21-year-old rookie his first
career multihomer game. He has seven homers through 21 career games.
He's also just the sixth player with multiple homers off Kershaw in the same
"Being at Dodger Stadium, facing Kershaw, I was pretty amped up," Bichette
said. "I'll always remember this day. It's a pretty cool thing. You can talk
about him as being one of the best ever."
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. returned to the Blue Jays' lineup after dealing with left
knee inflammation since last weekend. He had a pair of singles and two walks.
Dodgers: INF Kristopher Negrn went on the 10-day IL with neck stiffness. ...
OF Alex Verdugo (strained oblique) is still having pain and hasn't resumed
baseball activities in Arizona. He won't return until at least Sept. 1. ... LHP
Rich Hill (strained flexor tendon) will throw a bullpen session this week. He's
been out two months.
Anthony Davis tossed out the first pitch on Lakers Night. The Laker Girls
cheered him on from the third base line while he threw a strike to Dodgers
closer Kenley Jansen.
Blue Jays: RHP Wilmer Font (3-3, 3.41 ERA) makes his sixth start since joining
the team last month.
Dodgers: RHP Walker Buehler (10-3, 3.31) returns home where he is 5-0 with a
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