ATLANTA (AP) — Clayton Kershaw struck out 12 during seven dominant innings, Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-run homer and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the bumbling Atlanta Braves 6-1 in Game 1 of the NL division series Thursday night.
The Dodgers jumped out to a 5-0 lead by the fourth against Kris Medlen, taking advantage of some shoddy Atlanta defense even though the Braves were generously not charged with an error.READ MORE: Fulton DA drops charges against man attacked by Alpharetta K9 during an arrest
Kershaw limited Atlanta to Chris Johnson’s run-scoring single with two outs in the fourth. The Dodgers’ ace allowed three hits and finished in style, striking out the side in the seventh to match his season high for Ks. Medlen gave up nine hits and five runs in four-plus innings.READ MORE: R. Kelly sentenced to 30 years in prison on federal sex trafficking charges
Game 2 in the best-of-five series is Friday night in Atlanta. Mike Minor (13-9, 3.21) faces the Dodgers’ Zack Greinke (15-4, 2.63).MORE NEWS: Judge halts construction of recycling plant in Stonecrest
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