Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Joaquin Benoit walks off the field as he yells into his glove after giving up two runs to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the eighth inning of an interleague baseball game in Los Angele on Monday. Dodgers won the game 4-0.
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LOS ANGELES — Clayton Kershaw threw a two-hitter for his third career shutout and complete game, Juan Uribe homered, and the Los Angeles Dodgers resumed their interleague schedule with a 4-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Monday night.
It was the second straight shutout for the Dodgers, who beat Houston 1-0 on Sunday.
Kershaw (7-3) threw 112 pitches, tied a season high with 11 strikeouts and walked one in his second shutout of the season. He allowed a leadoff double in the third by Ryan Raburn and a one-out single in the fourth by Casper Wells.
The 23-year-oled left-hander had a two-run single in the eighth and then closed out his shutout by striking out the side in the ninth.
Brad Penny (5-6) gave up seven hits over six innings, struck out four and walked three. The two-time All-Star, who spent parts of five seasons with the Dodgers, is 1-3 with a 6.00 ERA over his last six starts after winning three straight. He is 8-14 with a 4.94 ERA during interleague play.
Dioner Navarro, who drove home the only run Sunday with a homer in the eighth, doubled home a run against Penny in the sixth inning.
Tigers manager Jim Leyland sent out an all-righty lineup against Kershaw, including switch-hitter Victor Martinez, but it was no use.
Kershaw is 5-0 with a 2.73 ERA in his last 10 starts, and has held an opponent to fewer than three runs in seven of those outings. The only other time he faced the Tigers was June 15, 2008, when he pitched four scoreless innings of two-hit ball before a 47-minute rain delay ended his night.
Penny’s only other start at Chavez Ravine since leaving the Dodgers was on Sept. 19, 2009 with San Francisco, when he gave up three home runs — including a grand slam by Ronnie Belliard — in a 12-1 loss to Jon Garland.
Uribe, a teammate of Penny’s in San Francisco during the final month of the 2009 season, hit his fifth homer to left-center on a full count with one out in the first. That ended a drought of 31 games and 108 at-bats between home runs for the 11-year veteran, who hit a career-high 24 last season to help the Giants win a World Series title.
Navarro, making his second start behind the plate after Rod Barajas went on the disabled list on Sunday, made it 2-0 with his double into the right field corner after James Loney led off with a double for one of his three hits.
Andre Ethier followed with a single to left that ricocheted off Penny’s left foot, but center fielder Austin Jackson robbed Matt Kemp of extra bases with a leaping catch a couple of feet from the wall.
The Tigers had the potential tying run at third base with one out in the third. Kershaw struck out Penny, and Raburn was picked off by Navarro with Jackson batting.
Kershaw made it to third base in the bottom half, after walking on four pitches leading off the inning. But Penny stranded him on a flyball by Ethier, who has only two RBIs in his last 39 at-bats. Ethier was called out on strikes in the seventh.
Los Angeles put runners at second and third in the fourth inning before Jamey Carroll — just 3 for 27 lifetime against Penny to that point — was intentionally walked with the pitcher up next. Penny escaped the jam by striking out Kershaw, who came up with the bases loaded again in the eighth against Joaquin Benoit and drove in two runs with a ground single to right.
Penny worked with two on again in the fifth, after giving up a single by Uribe and a walk to Ethier. He retired Kemp on an inning-ending double-play grounder to third. Kemp has grounded into 10 double plays, the most on the club and only four short of his career high.
Kershaw’s 10 hits are the most this season among pitchers, one more than Carlos Zambrano and Daniel Hudson.
Notes: The Tigers will posthumously retire former manager Sparky Anderson’s No. 11 jersey before next Sunday’s game against Arizona. The Hall of Famer, who lived the final years of his life in Thousand Oaks, Calif. and died Nov. 4 at age 76, made his final visit to Dodger Stadium on May 22 last season when the Tigers were in town. ... Penny, whose next start will be his 300th in the major leagues, is pitching for his sixth team. The only one he made it to the World Series with was Florida, winning won both of his starts in the 2003 Fall Classic as the Marlins beat the Yankees in six games. Penny’s manager was Jack McKeon, who was re-hired Monday as Marlins skipper at age 80. ... Leyland led the Marlins to a World Series title in 1997. He and McKeon both were minor league catchers who never played a game in the big leagues. Their relationship goes back to the days when they managed against each other in the minors.
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