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Six innings 'not acceptable' for Clayton Kershaw, but Dodgers will take it

Six innings 'not acceptable' for Clayton Kershaw, but Dodgers will take it

Most pitchers would be satisfied with six innings of three-hit shutout ball, but Clayton Kershaw, a three-time National League Cy Young Award winner and the 2014 NL most valuable player, is not like most pitchers.

The demanding Dodgers ace needed 96 pitches to grind through a season-low six innings in Saturday night’s 4-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves.

Though he improved to 8-1 with a 1.46 earned-run average on the season, Kershaw struck out only four, a season low; he balked a runner to second and hit an opposing pitcher with a pitch for the first time in his nine-year career. He allowed the leadoff hitter to reach base in four of six innings.

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