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Clayton Kershaw Starts Finale In Atlanta As Dodgers Go For Seventh Straight Win

The Dodgers have beaten the Braves in five of their six meetings in 2011.

The Los Angeles Dodgers are simply on fire right now, having won six straight games and 11 of their last 12. They go for a weekend sweep of the Atlanta Braves on Sunday morning, sending Cy Young candidate Clayton Kershaw to the mound in search of his 18th win.

Kershaw is 17-5 on the season with a 2.45 ERA, and in his last 13 starts is 11-2 with a 1.62 ERA, with 19 walks and 106 strikeouts in 100 innings. Kershaw allowed three runs in 8 2/3 innings to the Braves at Dodger Stadium on April 21. Kershaw left the game trailing 3-2 but got a no-decision as the Dodgers tied the game in the ninth inning and won on a walk-off home run by Matt Kemp in the 12th inning.

The Dodgers won their season-high sixth straight game with a 2-1 win in 10 innings on Saturday. During their last 12 games, of which the Dodgers have won 11 games, the L.A. offense has averaged 6.25 runs per game. The Dodgers are 5-1 against the Braves this season.

Jair Jurrjens was originally scheduled to start on Sunday for Atlanta, but an MRI earlier in the week revealed a bone bruise in his knee. While Jurrjens is in Colorado getting a second opinion on his diagnosis, the Braves will send 21-year old Randall Delgado to the mound, making his third major league start.

Sunday morning's 10:35 a.m. PDT game will be televised on KCAL. For more news and information on the Dodgers, be sure to read True Blue LA.