10 again! Dodgers extend streak, on 30-4 run

July 18th, 2017

CHICAGO -- The Dodgers juggernaut jumped leagues Tuesday night and kept on winning, as pitched seven scoreless innings in a 1-0 Interleague shutout of the White Sox for Los Angeles' second 10-game win streak of the season.
Padding the best record in MLB, the Dodgers (65-29) are on a 30-4 tear -- a franchise best since 1899 -- which had not been accomplished since the 1977 Royals had a 35-4 run. The last National League team to have such a run was the 1936 Giants. Los Angeles is off to its best start through 94 games since 1955.
"When you think about the last time we lost to a National League team, and all the things coming my way," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, "it's unbelievable. And the bottom line is, we're finding ways to win baseball games."

Kershaw notched his MLB-high 15th win, completing his 14th consecutive start without a loss (going 11-0), dating back to May 6. The Dodgers have won all 14 of those starts, the most consecutive team wins when a pitcher starts in franchise history.
"It does feel like every night we find another way to win," Kershaw said. "I think my run support has got to be one of the best in the league, and tonight, that didn't happen and we still found a way to win."
drove in the game's sole run with an RBI single in the first off White Sox starter , who made his first start since coming off the disabled list for A/C joint inflammation in his right shoulder. Bellinger has a team-high 62 RBIs in 74 games.

improved to 24-for-24 on save opportunities, surviving a long warning-track flyout by Matt Davidson in the ninth.
"I know I didn't make the best pitch there, but we're human, you're not going to make 100 percent every day," Jansen said. "When he hit it, it's a feeling like, 'What's going to happen?' You can't panic. Then, I saw [left fielder Chris Taylor] catch it and, all right, one out."

Taylor, who scored the only run, stole his team-high 12th base and tied a career high with four hits.
"One of those days where everything found a hole," Taylor said. "I don't think I hit the barrel one time."
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Gonzalez allowed four of the first five Dodger batters to reach, but grinded through six innings of one-run ball. Despite issuing a season-high five walks, he allowed his lowest run total since allowing an unearned run over eight innings against the Royals on April 24. He's lost nine of his last 10 decisions dating back to April 30.

"I was pretty amped up," Gonzalez said. "I gave up four or five walks tonight. That's not really me. But we were capable of getting, what was it, four double plays? That's huge, man. We kept the game close. Unfortunately, we got the loss."
Double trouble: After a one-out single by off Kershaw in the bottom of the fourth, shortstop made a diving stop of 's sharp grounder and, with his face in the dirt, flipped the ball to second baseman , who made the pivot and wide throw that required a long stretch from Bellinger for an inning-ending double play.

Got popped: The White Sox nearly broke through against Kershaw in the sixth, getting runners on the corners with one out on 's single, Seager's throwing error and a single from Davidson. followed by squaring around to bunt, popping the ball up to catcher . Sanchez then grounded out, as Kershaw preserved the shutout.

"Today was a tough one, we left a lot of guys on base. At the same time, for me as a closer, that's when I really, really need to pick up my guys." -- Jansen, on Dodgers going 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position
Tuesday marked the 52nd time in Kershaw's career that the ace had gone at least seven scoreless innings. For historical comparisons, Pedro Martinez did it 57 times and Tom Glavine had 54 such outings.
The Dodgers challenged a safe call at first base on Kershaw's pickoff attempt of with two outs in the bottom of the seventh. The call was overturned, and Anderson was out, giving Kershaw his 58th career pickoff and first since 2015.

Dodgers: makes his first start in 11 days Wednesday night in the 5:10 p.m. PT series finale. In his last 12 games (10 starts), Maeda is 6-2 with a 3.20 ERA. This will be his first career start against the White Sox. He's 2-0 with a 0.75 ERA in two Interleague starts this season.
White Sox: starts for the first time in 10 days on Wednesday, just his fourth start of the season after dealing with left biceps bursitis since Spring Training. The 7:10 p.m. CT game will give Rodon a chance to rebound after allowing six runs in 5 1/3 innings at Coors Field on July 9. , the Majors' No. 1 prospect per MLBPipeline.com, will be recalled from Triple-A Charlotte prior to the game and is expected to make his White Sox debut.
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