Jul 5, 2014 12:46 AM by Posted by Greg Smith
DENVER -- Clayton Kershaw may have surrendered two more hits and one more walk than he did in his last outing against the Rockies, but in the end, a sold-out Coors Field crowd was treated to an all-too-familiar sight.
In his first game against the Rockies since he no-hit them two weeks ago, Kershaw tossed eight shutout innings Friday night to secure a 9-0 victory for the Dodgers. Kershaw extended his overall scoreless-innings streak to 36, striking out eight Rockies while limiting their bats to two hits and a walk.
Already down Troy Tulowitzki (right groin tightness) and facing a pitcher who had thrown two consecutive complete games against them, the Rockies' chances seemed as gloomy as the pregame downpour.
Five pitches into Jair Jurrjens' Rockies debut, the Dodgers got all the runs they'd need as Yasiel Puig deposited a two-run shot over the center-field fence following Dee Gordon's leadoff bunt single. The Dodgers finished the first inning with cycle against Jurrjens, with Hanley Ramirez doubling before Andre Ethier scored him with a triple.
Jurrjens managed to settle in nicely after that, facing one above the minimum over the next three innings. But the long ball got the best of Jurrjens again in the fifth, and this time, he wouldn't recover.
Following Scott Van Slyke's towering, three-run home run to left field, Jurrjens permitted the next four runners to reach as the Dodgers batted around. Kershaw's two-out, RBI single to left built the Dodgers' lead to 8-0 and ended Jurrjens' night.
Making his first Major League start since June 29, 2013, Jurrjens finished with 12 hits and eight runs against three strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings.
Chad Bettis took over from there to register his first scoreless appearance since April 23. Entering having allowed 13 earned runs over his last six innings, Bettis limited the Dodgers to four hits and no walks over 2 1/3 innings.
As one of the few bright spots for the Rockies, Nolan Arenado logged his first hit since returning from his broken left middle finger. He had been 0-for-7 before his seventh-inning single.