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Better Late Than Never for the Dodgers

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Clayton Kershaw was lights out once again needing only a Russell Martin double in the eighth inning to beat the New York Mets 1-0 and earn his 10th win of the season.

“He’s pitched some great great games this year,” manager Joe Torre said. “He’s a special kid. He’s got a great calm about him.”

And that calm persisted despite some bumps.

In the first inning on a 2-2 count what appeared to be a foul-tip third strike by David Wright to end the inning was ruled merely a foul ball by home plate umpire Dana DeMuth as the Dodgers were leaving the field. Given added life, Wright lined a double up the middle to keep the inning going. Kershaw gathered himself and struck out Carlos Beltran to end the inning.

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Kershaw got into some trouble in the fifth inning after allowing back-to-back two-out singles to Jeff Francoeur and Josh Thole. He got Dickey to hit back to the box to end the threat.

The Mets had a good opportunity to score in the sixth inning when leadoff man Jose Reyes got on base with a single. However Kershaw picked Reyes off when he tried to steal second which cost the Mets dearly since Luis Castillo followed up with a double. A great grab by third baseman Casey Blake on Beltran’s liner ended the inning.