How it happened: Clayton Kershaw was there for the Dodgers again, giving up one run and six hits over eight innings to end the team's two-game skid. Kershaw gave up his run in the first inning on a Ryan Braun single but recovered nicely to improve to 14-2. Adrian Gonzalez hit a sacrifice fly in the third inning to get the Dodgers even and Matt Kemp added an RBI single to give the Dodgers the lead in the fifth. Gonzalez added an RBI double in the seventh and the Dodgers scored twice in the eighth, the first on an A.J. Ellis home run and again on a Kershaw single.
What it means: There is no better option than Kershaw to help the Dodgers avoid their first three-game sweep of the season. The only time the Dodgers went winless in a series this season was a two-game set at Detroit July 8-9. The series pitted the teams with the two best records in the National League, with another three-game version scheduled to start Friday at Dodger Stadium.
Outside the box: Kershaw wasn't content to deliver his work from the pitcher's mound. On a bunt attempt in the third inning, Kershaw was grazed on the lower left leg by a Jimmy Nelson pitch. He worked his way around the bases and scored on Gonzalez's sacrifice fly. In the fifth inning, he pitched in with his glove. Kershaw charged a bunt attempt by Jean Segura and made a diving catch on the ball in front of the home-plate dirt. He got to his feet and threw to third base to complete the double play on Rickie Weeks, who was trying to score on the squeeze. He capped the day with his eighth-inning RBI single, the second run he has driven in this season.
Off beat: Gonzalez came close to hitting four home runs in the series. As it was, he hit two: One each Friday and Saturday night. But Gonzalez also hit the top of the left-field wall with a drive Friday in his first at-bat of the series. Then in the seventh inning Sunday he hit another drive off the top of the wall in left-center to score Carl Crawford and pad the Dodgers' lead. Both hits off the top of the wall went for doubles.
Up next: While manager Don Mattingly hinted that newly-acquired right-hander Kevin Correia could start for the Dodgers on Monday at Atlanta, as of now, the listed starter is Dan Haren (9-9, 4.57 ERA) for the opener of a four-game series. The Braves are expected to counter with right-hander Julio Teheran (10-8, 2.92) in the 4:10 PT start from Turner Field.