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Dodgers Offense Wakes Up in 6-0 Win over Rockies

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Everything came together cleanly for the Dodgers in their 6-0 shutout of the Colorado Rockies.

“It was a clean game,” Torre said. “Kershaw is showing you more and more why he’s going to be someone special.”

Clayton Kershaw (W, 11-7) did just that continuing the string of excellent outings by Dodger starters going seven innings allowing only five hits and three walks while striking out six. And in a rare showing as of late, the offense decided to back Kershaw up with a five-run fifth inning.

“I don’t pitch any differently when I get runs as opposed to when I do - I still try to put zeroes up,” Kershaw said. “It’s definitely nice to have that breakout inning, get five runs and shut them down the next inning.”

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In the early going the Dodgers didn’t look like they would be capable of generating five runs in the game much less in one inning. In fact they started the fourth inning the same way they did the first inning. Scott Podsednik struck out looking, Ryan Theriot walked and Andre Ethier hit a grounder to second. However in the fourth inning the grounder managed to get past a diving Eric Young into right field for a single as opposed to an inning ending 4-6-3 double play in the first. A walk to James Loney loaded the bases.

The reality of the season came crashing down forcing the 49,540 who came for Matt Kemp’s bobblehead and stayed to come to grips with it. Casey Blake struck out on a pitch miles away from the strike zone and Mr. Bobblehead himself flew out to center amidst the cries and hopes of the crowd.

But in the fifth inning the Dodgers seemed to put their demons behind them for one day at least as they finally came through in the clutch. Podsednik, whose 12-game hitting streak was snapped Monday night in Atlanta, hit a two-run double that was just out of the reach of left fielder Ryan Spilborghs. After Theriot’s fly ball sent Podsednik to third base, Andre Ethier walked setting up runners on the corners.

James Loney answered the call and belted a double down the right centerfield gap which centerfielder Dexter Fowler couldn’t field cleanly which scored Podsednik and Ethier. And to cap things off, Casey Blake hit a single that brought home Loney for the five-run fifth.

The Dodgers added one run in the eighth inning thanks to a throwing error by relief pitcher Randy Flores with the bases loaded on a Ronnie Belliard dying dribbler with two outs that allowed Blake to score for the 6-0 lead.

As for the beleaguered bullpen, George Sherrill came in the eighth inning with two runners on base and no outs got the next three batters out to end the threat. Jonathan Broxton came in the ninth inning to retire the side in order.

“It’s a step in the right direction,” Broxton said. “I’ve just got to keep going out there and get outs.

“It’s feeling back to normal. I can throw the ball where I want to.”

Our bobblehead hero Matt Kemp went 0-for-3 with a walk in the game.

Kershaw who has now started in 25 games for the Dodgers this season has yet to retire the side in order this season.