Volstad solid, but outdueled by Kershaw

August, 5, 2012
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By Associated Press
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LOS ANGELES -- Clayton Kershaw pitched three-hit ball over seven innings, Matt Kemp homered and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs 3-1 on Saturday night to keep Chris Volstad winless in his last 21 starts.

Kershaw (9-6) helped the Dodgers remain a half-game behind first-place San Francisco in the NL West. The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner, coming off a five-hit shutout against the Giants last Sunday, struck out seven and allowed his only run on a fourth-inning double by Alfonso Soriano while lowering his ERA to 2.88.

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AP Photo/Reed SaxonChris Volstad's winless streak reached 21 games with Saturday's loss.
Ronald Belisario pitched a perfect eighth and Kenley Jansen did likewise in the ninth for his 21st save.

Volstad (0-8) yielded two runs and six hits through seven innings before he was lifted for a pinch-hitter. The right-hander is 0-13 with eight no-decisions and a 5.49 ERA since beating Houston 5-4 on July 10 last season with the Marlins, who traded him to the Cubs in January for Carlos Zambrano.

Volstad was recalled from Triple-A Iowa on Wednesday, a day after starters Ryan Dempster and Paul Maholm were dealt away before the non-waiver trade deadline. This is Volstad's third stint with the big club this season, including a 5-1 loss to the Dodgers on May 5 at Wrigley Field.

Soriano's run-scoring double ended an RBI drought of five games and 23 at-bats since his two-run triple against St. Louis' Joe Kelly on July 28 at Chicago.

The Dodgers responded in the bottom of the fourth with Kemp's 16th homer, a towering drive that deflected off center fielder Joe Mather's glove as he attempted a leaping grab in right-center. Kemp is hitting .336 with 13 RBIs in 20 games since coming off the disabled list.

The Dodgers added a run in the ninth when Shane Victorino led off with a double and scored on a two-out error by shortstop Starlin Castro, who couldn't handle Hanley Ramirez's hard-hit grounder.

Kershaw walked No. 8 hitter Luis Valbuena his first two times up, and Volstad advanced the runner both times with sacrifice bunts. But Castro grounded out to third to end the third-inning threat, then took a called third strike to end the fourth. The Cubs' leadoff hitter is 0 for 13 against Kershaw.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Jake Arrieta
WINS ERA SO IP
10 2.53 167 156
OTHER LEADERS
BAS. Castro .292
HRA. Rizzo 32
RBIA. Rizzo 78
RA. Rizzo 89
OPSA. Rizzo .913
ERAT. Wood 5.03
SOJ. Arrieta 167