Mike Montgomery

Dodgers sweep Cubs with 9-4 win despite rough outing for Clayton Kershaw

Dodgers sweep Cubs with 9-4 win despite rough outing for Clayton Kershaw

The ball was flying on Sunday in Dodger Stadium, where a highly anticipated pitcher’s duel between Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw and Chicago Cubs left-hander Jon Lester turned into a power-point presentation, the teams combining to club seven home runs, and neither esteemed starter lasting five innings.

The Dodgers weathered one of the worst regular-season starts of Kershaw’s career, riding homers by Cody Bellinger, Enrique Hernandez, Austin Barnes and Yasiel Puig to a 9-4 victory and a three-game sweep of the defending World Series champions.

A three-time Cy Young Award winner who is often hailed as “the best pitcher on the planet,” Kershaw is used to stifling opponents and...

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