Altherr's grand slam lifts Phillies past Dodgers 4-3

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20 September, 2017

Clayton Kershaw saw two things come to an end Monday with one swing of the bat.

Aaron Altherr hit a grand slam, the first ever given up by Clayton Kershaw, to lead the Philadelphia Phillies past the Los Angeles Dodgers and their ace, 4-3 on Monday night.

After 1,917 career innings pitched, only 125 (now 126) home runs allowed in 10 seasons in the league, and a dominant reputation, Kershaw finally let up a grand slam. It was the longest scoreless streak by any pitcher against the Phillies since the Mets' Tom Seaver blanked them for 38 consecutive innings from 1969-70. He was dominant his last start as he gave up one earned run on four hits with 11 strikeouts and two walks over seven innings in an 8-1 home win over the Marlins. I was just looking in a certain zone. He has already allowed a career-high 21 homers despite missing five weeks with a lower back strain. Among active pitchers, only Matt Cain (133) and Zach Duke (114) have faced more hitters with the bases juiced and gone slam-free. However, his pitch to Aaron Altherr in the sixth inning ended up being a home run with three men on base.

Kershaw is 17-4 with a 2.26 ERA, a 0.93 WHIP and 194 strikeouts in 163 innings this season, so the term "struggling" is all relative.

"We had the lead and I blew it and we lost", Kershaw said matter-of-factly.

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The Dodgers Magic Number remains at four, but could be lowered if the Arizona Diamondbacks lose to the San Diego Padres later in the evening.

Center fielder Chris Taylor and third baseman Justin Turner each hit home runs.

Since his return from the disabled list on September 1, Kershaw was sharp against San Diego, shaky against Colorado and so-so against San Francisco before taking on the Phillies, who usually go down meekly against him. "He didn't quit and he keeps battling, that's the thing I like about him the most, along with his stuff". "I definitely don't take it for granted". "I wouldn't have gotten that win if Altherr hadn't hit that grand slam and it wouldn't even have started if Ty didn't get that walk and Freddy didn't get that hit and we didn't get another walk, so the guys putting up good ABs in that situation was really nice to see".

Curtis Granderson broke out of a bad slump with a solo home run in the top of the ninth for his 24 home run of the season.


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