Clayton Kershaw scattered five hits while striking out 11 in 8 2/3 innings, and Andre Ethier delivered a two-run single as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Washington Nationals 2-0 on Tuesday night.
Kershaw picked up his first win since April 28, but had to escape a bases-loaded jam in the first inning. He did so by striking out Tyler Moore.
The Dodgers scored their only runs in the third inning after Kershaw walked and Matt Kemp singled. Both runners advanced on a wild pitch and scored on Ethier's single to center.
Kershaw was pulled after Adam LaRoche singled with two outs in the ninth on his career-high 132nd pitch. Kenley Jansen got the final out for his second save.
Kershaw flirted with his career high of 13 strikeouts. He struck out 11 through six innings but was unable to get any more.
The Nationals got an early jump on Kershaw, but were unable to take advantage of it. Ryan Zimmerman and Ian Desmond singled with two outs in the first inning, and LaRoche walked to load th...