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Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw limits Giants to two hits in 5-0 shutout

Dodgers shut out the Giants, 5-0, in their 10th consecutive victory in games started by Clayton Kershaw

KEY MOMENT: The Dodgers doubled their lead from 2-0 to 4-0 in a three-hit sixth inning that included a throwing error by Giants second baseman Dan Uggla. Yasiel Puig led off the inning with an infield hit and advanced to third on a double by Adrian Gonzalez. Puig scored on a throwing error by Uggla, who fielded a grounder by Carl Crawford. Gonzalez was thrown out at the plate on another fielder's choice, this one on a grounder Matt Kemp hit to third base, but Crawford scored on a double by Juan Uribe.

AT THE PLATE: The Dodgers had11 hits, including three by Gonzalez, who drove in a run. Uribe and Hanley Ramirez each had two hits.

ON THE MOUND: The Dodgers won their 10th consecutive game started by Clayton Kershaw, who limited the Giants to two hits and one walk in a shutout. Kershaw struck out seven lowered his season earned-run average to 1.76.

ON THE TRADE MARKET: General Manager Ned Colletti said the high price the Giants paid to acquire Jake Peavy from the Boston Red Sox was a reflection of the supply and demand for pitching. "As of today, there's probably fewer teams in that sell mode than a lot of years," Colletti said. "It's a very small market." The price for premium pitchers such as David Price, Jon Lester and Cole Hamels is considerably higher. "It's elite for elite or elite plus," Colletti said. "Two elites for one elite with experience. Sometimes three elites for one elite with experience." The Dodgers have three prospects who fit the description: triple-A outfielder Joc Pederson, double-A infielder Corey Seager and Class-A left-hander Julio Urias. Colletti said he remains inclined to not trade his top-tier prospects.

MEDICAL REPORT: Infielder Alex Guerrero completed a rehabilitation assignment and rejoined triple-A Albuquerque. Guerrero was sidelined for more than three months after a piece of his ear was bitten off by then-teammate Miguel Olivo. "There's a good chance that had he not had the incident, he probably would have been here by now," General Manager Ned Colletti said. "The offensive part of the game has been really good. We think the bat will play at this level." If promoted to the majors, Guerrero could be used in a utility role, Colletti said.

UP NEXT: Hyun-Jin Ryu (11-5, 3.39) will face the Giants and newcomer Jake Peavy (1-9, 4.72 in the American League) at AT&T Park on Sunday at 5 p.m. On the air: ESPN. Radio: 570, 1020 (Spanish).

— Dylan Hernandez

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