LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw tossed a two-hitter for his third shutout of the season, pitching the Los Angeles Dodgers past Cincinnati 1-0 Monday night for their eighth straight win over the Reds.
Kershaw (7-1) struck out seven, ending his franchise-record streak of six starts in a row with at least 10 strikeouts.
He gave the bullpen some much-needed rest after the Dodgers used a combined 13 relievers in consecutive extra-inning games at San Diego last weekend.
The left-hander retired his final 17 batters after issuing just his fifth walk of the season to Joey Votto leading off the fourth. Kershaw threw 102 pitches.
Kershaw’s gem spoiled a strong night for Reds starter Brandon Finnegan, who allowed just five hits while throwing his first career complete game.
Howie Kendrick grounded into a double play in the sixth inning, scoring Justin Turner with the only run of the game.
The Dodgers have now won seven straight over the Reds.