Dodgers defeat Royals for sixth consecutive win
By BETH HARRIS
The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — Clayton Kershaw is making more history.
Kershaw allowed six hits in his first complete game of the season Sunday, setting a Dodgers franchise record by reaching 14 wins before the All-Star break as Los Angeles beat the Kansas City Royals 5-2.
Kershaw (14-2) struck out 13 batters on 99 pitches, and walked none. He is the first pitcher in major league history to strike out at least that many in a complete game with fewer than 100 pitches.
“It was a good way to end the first half,” Kershaw said. “It felt good to get out there and finish a game.”
Kershaw began the day sharing the franchise mark for wins before the break with Orel Hershiser, who had 13 in 1988, the last year Los Angeles won the World Series.
Kershaw improved to 10-0 in his last 13 starts. He has a 1.98 ERA in that span, and the Dodgers have won each of those games.
Justin Turner hit a two-run homer and a solo shot for Los Angeles, which has won six consecutive games — all at home — and has lost just once in its last 19 games at Dodger Stadium.
Los Angeles’ 61-29 overall mark is the best in the majors.
“Obviously, we just got slapped by the best team in baseball,” said the Royals’ Danny Duffy (5-5), who gave up five runs in seven innings.
Kansas City’s Eric Hosmer was 3-for-4 with a two-run homer.
Home-plate umpire Kerwin Danley left the game after being hit in the mask by a foul tip off the bat of Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger in the first inning.
Danley worked through the top of the second inning, but Adam Hamari moved from first base to home plate to replace Danley in the bottom of the second.