Clayton Kershaw’s eight game winning streak, a streak that included another streak of 41 scoreless innings, ended yesterday as the reigning Cy Young Award winner failed to get his 12th win against the St. Louis Cardinals. His Los Angeles Dodger’s teammates, however, rallied to get the Dodgers the victory at Busch Stadium.
Kershaw’s scoreless inning streak was ended on July 10 in a game where he fanned 11 batters and gave up just three hits. Those three hits were enough for the San Diego Padres to plate one and end his scoreless inning streak at 41 innings. Still he came into Sunday’s game looking to get his ninth consecutive win and his 12th win.
It was not to be, but nobody, not even Clayton Kershaw is perfect all the time. Kershaw allowed three runs in seven innings. The Cardinals scored in the second and sixth innings on a double to right by Allen Craig that scored Jhonny Peralta and a home run Peter Bourjos scoring Matt Carpenter.
The Dodgers scored once in the second and twice in the third so the game was tied going into the 9th inning until Hanley Ramierz was struck in the hand by Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal. Rosenthal then gave up the game winning single to Adrian Gonzalez. The Dodgers won the game 4-3 over the Redbirds.
J.P. Howell who came in in relief of Kershaw got the win and Rosenthal got the loss so Kershaw took home a no-decision but apparently a ND counts as the end to a winning streak. Kenley Jansen got the save for L.A.