After a tough few outings, Clayton Kershaw is backing to pitching at Cy Young form.
Kershaw rebounded with seven dominant innings and got two-run homers from Yasiel Puig and A.J. Ellis as the NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the San Diego Padres, 4-0, on Saturday night.
Two days after clinching their first division title since 2009, the Dodgers turned to their ace who delivered a gem as he struck out 10 and allowed just three hits.
Kershaw (15-9) lowered his major league-best ERA to 1.88. He leads the NL with 224 strikeouts.
The left-hander was held out of his last start on Wednesday to allow him more rest as the playoffs approach.
''I felt good, so I guess that's a bonus,'' Kershaw said. "A little bit erratic at first with the fastball but A.J. did a real good job of making me use all my pitches on both sides of the plate.''
In his previous three September starts, Kershaw wasn't as sharp as normal, going 1-1 with a 4.26 ERA.
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