Clayton Kershaw earns career win No. 100 in Dodgers' 6-4 victory

Clayton Kershaw earned his 100th career victory in the Dodgers' 6-4 win over the Rockies

Some people are just never satisfied, you know? The glass isn’t half empty, it’s about to shatter into a hundred pieces. It will probably tear your hand to shreds and require 80 stitches.

Understand that for six innings Friday night Clayton Kershaw was just shy of brilliant. The seventh inning came and things started to slip away for the left-hander, though not so much that he and the Dodgers did not hang on for a 6-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies.

But when you win three Cy Young awards in four years, you’ve set the bar at rarified levels. People don’t expect very good outings, they expect dominant ones. Kershaw, though, took a comparatively pedestrian 1-2 record and 4.26 earned-run average into Friday’s game, searching for the fifth time to earn his 100th career victory.

Then he started going through the Rockies with relative ease. Through six innings he had given up only two hits and had struck out nine. Just like the good ol' days.

Only the seventh inning turned, again, into a problem. A pair of singles led to one run, and then with two outs, he walked pinch-hitter Michael McKenry. He was up to 110 pitches, so Manager Don Mattingly went to the bullpen, which continued its recent shaky ways.

Paco Rodriguez gave up a single to load the bases and then a double to Daniel Descalso that scored all three.

A 6-0 lead was suddenly a close two-run game. Yimi Garcia, who had struggled in his last two outings, took over and surrendered a quick walk before striking out Wilin Rosario for the third out.

So in his 6 2/3 innings, Kershaw was charged with three runs on four hits and three walks. He finished with 10 strikeouts, a department he leads all of baseball. It wasn’t the prettiest way to earn a 100th win, but it was effective enough.

In his eight starts this season, Kershaw has yet to pitch into the ninth inning.

If Rodriguez and Garcia were less than dominating, the Dodgers got a nice lift from Kenley Jansen in his first appearance of the season since February foot surgery.

Jansen pitched a perfect eighth inning. He was so impressive he struck out four in the one inning, Carlos Gonzalez getting on base after the first strikeout on a Yasmani Grandal passed ball.

Adam Liberatore started the ninth, but after surrendring two hits turned the game over to Juan Nicasio, who recorded the final two outs -- both strikeouts -- to earn his first save of the season.

The Dodgers scored their six runs on 12 hits. Jimmy Rollins had four of them, one a solo home run and another a run-scoring double. Justin Turner had two hits, including a two-run double, and Andre Ethier had two hits and an RBI.

Copyright © 2016, Los Angeles Times
62°