The San Diego Padres have inexplicably had Clayton Kershaw's number all season.
On Saturday night, however, the former Cy Young Award winner struck back in a big way.
Kershaw struck out 10 in seven dominant innings, Yasiel Puig and A.J. Ellis hit two-run homers and the NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Padres 4-0 Saturday night.
Kershaw held San Diego in check on three hits after losing to the Padres in three other starts this season.
Kershaw (15-9) lowered his major league-leading ERA to 1.88. He leads the NL with 224 strikeouts.
''I think the difference was being able to get those key hits,'' Padres rookie Jedd Gyorko said. ''You can't get him all the time and he kind of got us. I'd say our at-bats were just as good as any other game against him. We just couldn't push through.''
San Diego had runners on first and second in the first with one out and men on second and third with no outs in the third and couldn't score either time against Kershaw.