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Dodgers turn to Kershaw vs. Giants to stop four-game slide
| 3 weeks ago

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Los Angeles Dodgers will trot out their tried-and-true remedy for 14-inning, 10-pitcher, walk-off losses -- staff ace Clayton Kershaw -- for Sunday's series finale against the San Francisco Giants.

The Giants got a three-run, walk-off homer from Andrew McCutchen on Saturday night for a 7-5 victory in a game that started in the middle of the afternoon and finished under the lights 5 hours, 16 minutes later.

The Dodgers will count upon Kershaw on Sunday not only to give their bullpen a break, but also snap a four-game losing streak.

He surely has experience in the latter, having followed up a 10-inning game against Kansas City last July with a complete-game effort the next day in a 5-2 victory over the Royals.

Kershaw has been brilliant in his career against the Giants, going 22-10 with a 1.60 ERA in 42 games (41 starts).

He's been at his best in San Francisco, where he's dominated the Giants to the tune of 13-4 with a 1.30 ERA in 21 games (20 starts).

He's pitched six complete games in his career against the Giants, and gone eight full innings another 12 times.

The left-hander suffered one of his 10 career losses to the Giants on Opening Day despite allowing one run in six innings.

Even with a day off Thursday and a rainout Friday, the Dodgers have kept Kershaw on schedule to pitch the series finale in San Francisco.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts smiled when asked if that was a coincidence.

"What do you think, Sherlock?" he responded. "Obviously we have a lot of respect for the Giants."

Joe Panik provided the difference in San Francisco's 1-0 victory over Kershaw on Opening Day with a home run.

Panik also played a role in Saturday's win, contributing a single to the Giants' three-run 14th inning. McCutchen's seventh career walk-off homer came after Panik's third hit of the game, a single, had sent Kelby Tomlinson to third base with no outs.

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