Nick Hundley

Desperate Dodgers finally end losing streak — and clinch a playoff spot

Desperate Dodgers finally end losing streak — and clinch a playoff spot

The desperation of the Dodgers, a team in possession of baseball’s best record yet stuck in the sport’s longest losing streak in 2017, streamed across the face of Clayton Kershaw on Tuesday night.

You could see it in the fourth inning, when he roared at his dugout after his double continued a four-run rally. You could see it again in the sixth, when Kershaw maintained a lead in a 5-3 victory by striking out former teammate Tim Federowicz, pounding his glove and screaming into the night.

After 11 defeats in a row, the lengthiest stretch of uninterrupted ineptitude since the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles, the team managed to win a game. They did so against a last-place team...

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