OK, that's not really fair, which doesn't mean it doesn't feel right.
Kershaw pitched -- also hit and ran -- the Dodgers to a 4-1 win over the
The victory maintained the Dodgers’ two-game lead over the core-of-the-sun-hot
Kershaw held the Nationals to one run on three hits and two walks in his eight innings, striking out eight in becoming the major's first 17-game winner.
The crazy-good numbers just keep piling up for Kershaw (17-3), whose season strikeout total eclipsed the 200 mark for the fifth consecutive season. The only other Los Angeles Dodger to pull that off? A guy named Sandy Koufax.
He also lowered his baseball-best earned-run average to 1.70.
Kershaw allowed a leadoff single in the second to catcher
By then the Dodgers had built a 4-0 lead, behind some questionable baserunning that turned effective thanks to some shakier Washington defense.
The Dodgers had failed to score against Nationals left-hander
Adrian Gonzalez hit a bouncer into the hole that was run down by shortstop
The Dodgers added two more in the sixth.
Kenley Jansen threw a scoreless ninth to pick up his 39th save (in 43 opportunities). He's made good on 19 of his last 20 save opportunities. He struck out the side in the ninth.