LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw pitched six innings of 5-hit ball to take a wonderful duel with Max Scherzer, and the Los Angeles Dodgers swept three games from the Washington Nationals with a 3-0 victory Sunday.

Rookie Zach McKinstry homered and drove in all three runs for the defending World Assortment champion Dodgers, who are off to a prime league-most efficient delivery of 8-2 despite playing this sequence with out injured extinct MVP outfielders Mookie Betts and Cody Bellinger.

Kershaw (2-1) struck out six with out a walks in his first dwelling delivery since a hit his first World Assortment ring. The Dodgers’ longtime superstar barely came out forward in the fourth career matchup between these two three-time Cy Younger Award winners, who bask in 352 mixed victories — 177 for Kershaw and 175 for Scherzer.

Scherzer (0-1) was as soon as correct as correct as Kershaw, pitching six innings of three-hit ball with five strikeouts and a stroll. McKinstry drove in the only real scamper throughout the starters’ duel with a lucky double in the 2nd inning when Victor Robles misplaced his lengthy hunch ball in the solar.

McKinstry added the 2nd homer of his mountainous league career in the seventh, a two-scamper shot off reliever Tanner Rainey, giving the 25-12 months-feeble rookie a crew-leading 10 RBIs this season.

Kenley Jansen pitched a flawless ninth for his 2nd place.

Trea Turner had three hits for the Nationals, who are 1-5 after initiating the season late and instant-handed as a result of coronavirus woes. Washington was as soon as shut out for the third time in four games, including twice at Dodger Stadium.

Both Kershaw and Scherzer bask in posted a hit data in 11 consecutive seasons, the longest engaging streaks in the majors. With his victory, Kershaw improved to 177-77 in his career, becoming handiest the ninth pitcher to head 100 games over .500 since divisional play started in 1969.

Max Muncy received a leadoff single in the 2nd and in the end scored when Robles misplaced McKinstry’s hunch ball to the heart self-discipline wall in the hazy LA afternoon solar.

Scherzer stayed in his groove and retired the subsequent 10 consecutive Dodgers, nonetheless his teammates might perhaps per chance now not crack Kershaw and the LA bullpen.

Kershaw wasn’t as overpowering as Scherzer, nonetheless he saved Washington scoreless with precision and guile. With his remaining pitch, he struck out Jordy Mercer on a fleshy-count slider well below the strike zone to conclude the sixth, stranding Turner on 2nd and incomes yet yet every other standing ovation from the mini-sellout crowd of 15,049.

Washington’s first two batters in the eighth singled off Blake Treinen, nonetheless Juan Soto flied out to shallow center on a 3-0, letter-high pitch whereas Treinen escaped the jam.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Nationals: Manager Dave Martinez hopes LHP Jon Lester, 1B Josh Bell, 2B Josh Harrison and OF Kyle Schwarber will seemingly be reinstated from the injured checklist by Monday. They were out all season below COVID-19 protocols. Their returns to the self-discipline seemingly might perhaps per chance also no longer happen simultaneously as they ramp up their preparation, on the different hand.

Dodgers: Betts, who received his fourth Silver Slugger aware pregame, overlooked the sequence with support stiffness. Roberts doesn’t factor in the self-discipline is important or chronic, and Betts hasn’t had a painkilling injection. “The practicing group is encouraging him to defend engaging, swing the bat, scamper, play think,” Roberts acknowledged. “He’ll secure therapy on the day with out work, and then we’ll peruse the set we’re at.”

UP NEXT

Nationals: Eric Fedde (0-1, 27.00 ERA) takes the mound Monday at Busch Stadium when Washington opens a three-sport sequence against the Cardinals.

Dodgers: After a day with out work, Trevor Bauer (1-0, 4.15 ERA) makes his dwelling debut Tuesday when the Dodgers launch a three-sport sequence with Colorado.

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