Clayton Kershaw pitched eight strong innings Friday night, leading the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 3-2 win over the Washington Nationals in the opener of a three-game series at Dodger Stadium. He was backed by a first-inning two-run home run from Andre Ethier, who took Ross Detwiler deep for his first home run off a left-hander this season.
"Anytime you get runs early like that, it's awesome," Kershaw said.
Kershaw allowed just three hits and a walk, though one of the hits was a two-run home run by Adam LaRoche that cut the Dodgers' 3-0 advantage to just one run. But Kershaw battled through for his 12th straight home win, tying a Los Angeles Dodgers franchise record.
"I was able to throw the pitches I needed to," Kershaw said. "There wasn't anything pretty about it, but I was able to battle through it."
The Dodgers are now 7-3 in one-run games, and are tied with the Nationals at 14-6 for the best record in the National League.
Chad Billingsley takes the mound for the Dodgers tomorrow, but he will face two of the most hyped No. 1 overall draft picks in recent memory in Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper, the latter making his major league debut.
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