Clayton Kershaw Blanks Mets for Sixth Win

Clayton Kershaw

It was a grumpy bunch of Mets fans who booed Manny Ramirez and their own club during an 8-0 Dodgers win, keyed by a third outstanding start in succession by young Clayton Kershaw, who allowed only three hits and struck out seven while winning his sixth game of the year.

And by the way, Ramirez was ejected by plate umpire John Hirschbeck.

After knocking in three runs with a pair of singles, Ramirez was called out on strikes for the second time in the game. He dropped his bat, threw his helmet and the fired his elbow pad.

Hershbeck said later that the flying elbow pad was the final straw and gave him the rest of the evening off. "I didn't want to throw even more fire. I just walked away," Ramirez said. "I only play five innings, so I was leaving anyway."

He was called out the first time at bat, singled twice and knocked inn three runs, then went into the flying equipment routine and got an early shower.

Athough the NY fans concentrated on Ramirez, they should have spent some time trying to upset Kershaw who was in complete control.

"I thought he was terrific," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. "The last three or four outings, since he was waxed in the three-inning start [June 10], he's come back and really been more of a pitcher."

Over his in his past five starts, covering 29.2 innings, he has allowed just two runs for an ERA of 0.61, dropping his overall earned run average to 3.27. This night he made 101 pitches and was lifted for pinch-hitter Blake DeWitt, a move that worked out quite well when DeWitt, just back from Albuquerque, homered.

"There have still been ups and downs, but, obviously, the results have been better," said Kershaw, who for the first time has a winning record at 6-5. "I still need to cut down on walks. Six innings, I still made 100 pitches. But I can't help but be happy with the results."

Kershaw combined with James McDonald, Claudio Vargas (in his Dodgers debut) and Guillermo Mota for the staff's sixth shutout, a four-hitter. He has allowed opposing batters a sub-.200 average.

The Dodgers' offense still has a habit of leaving runners on base. They stranded 13 and were only 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position.

The Dodgers also got two hits and two RBIs from All-Star Orlando Hudson, coming off a benching to end an 0-for-22 slump and two hits from Russell Martin, who seems to be putting things together. Matt Kemp, on the ballot for the final All-Star spot, singled twice, walked with the bases loaded and added his ninth assist of the season, nailing a Mets runner attempting to go from first to third in the third inning.

Los Angeles scored three in the second on singles by Martin, Kemp, a bases loaded walk by Hudson and Ramirez's broken bat, two-run single. They added two in the fourth when Rafael Furcal lived on an erro, Hudson double him across and scored on Ramirez's single.

DeWitt banged a pinch-hit homer in the seventh and Juan Pierre, in for Ramirez, tripled to deep right field and scored on Casey Blake's sac fly. James Loney singled, Martin and Andre Ethier walked and Kemp forced in the final run on the third walk of the inning.

The struggling Mets have lost nine of their past 11, scoring three runs in the past four games.

Belisario Out with Elbow Trouble
Dodgers rookie reliever Ronald Belisario was sent back to Los Angeles for an examination after reporting stiffness in his right elbow. He will be examined by Dr. Neal ElAttrache and likely will have an MRI.

The rookie right-hander, who dazzled the Dodgers during spring training and made the opening day roster, leads the team with 43 appearances and has a 2.42 earned run average.

He had worked 13.2 consecutive scoreless innings over 12 games before giving up three runs in one-third of an inning in San Diego.

Belisario is expected to be placed on the disabled list Tuesday and Cory Wade recalled, but no move had been made.

Manager Joe Torre said James McDonald, who has shown improved command since his return from Albuquerque on June 19, will likely emerge as Belisario's replacement as the seventh-inning pitcher leading to Ramon Troncoso and closer Jonathan Broxton.

Torre also said Jeff Weaver, who won Sunday's game with three hitless innings of relief, would make the spot start Saturday in Milwaukee.

RHP Hiroki Kuroda (3-4, 3.91) will face LHP Oliver Perez (1-2, 9.97) in tonight's game.

  Score by Innings
Los Angeles	030 200 120-8
New York Mets	000 000 000-0

Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave
Furcal ss	4  2  0  0  .251
Hudson 2b	5  1  2  2  .289
Ramirez lf	4  0  2  3  .340
 Pierre lf	2  1  1  0  .329
Blake 3b	4  0  1  1  .289
Loney 1b	5  1  1  0  .278
Martin c	4  1  2  0  .252
Ethier rf	3  0  1  0  .251
Kemp cf        	4  1  2  1  .307
Kershaw p	1  0  0  0  .167
 DeWitt ph	1  1  1  1  .200
 McDonald p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Loretta ph	1  0  0  0  .242
 Vargas p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Mota p	        0  0  0  0  .000
---------------------------------
  Totals  	38  8 12  8
  Mets	        28  0  4  0 

  2B- Hudson (23). 3B- Pierre (4).
HR- DeWitt(1). RBI- Hudson 2 (43),
Ramirez 3 (24), DeWitt, Blake (52),
Kemp (45). S- Kershaw 2. SF- Blake.
LOB- Los Angeles 13, Mets 3. SB- Martin
(8). DO- Hudson, Furcal and Loney 2.

  Los Angeles	 in  hr r-er bb so  era
Kershaw (6-5)	6.0  3  0-0  2  7  3.27
McDonald	1.0  1  0-0  0  1  5.33
Vargas 	        1.0  0  0-0  0  0  0.00
Mota	        1.0  0  0-0  0  0  3.79
  T- 3:13. Att- 39,636.
Dodger Blue Notes-- The win was the third in the last eight between Los Angeles and New York since 2007. ...It was the Dodgers first game at the new Citi Field. Their first game at Shea Stadium resulted in an 8-0 shutout for the Mets behind Galen Cisco. The Dodgers lineup that day included Maury Wills, Tommy and Willie Davis, Frank Howard, Jim Gilliam and John Roseboro. ...Manny Ramirez, who was 2-for-4 in the new park, had a career record of 1-for-11 in Shea Stadium. ...Ramirez's home run against the Padres on Sunday was hi 534th of his career and he is just two short of Mickey Mantle's 536 in 16th place all-time. ...

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