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Clayton Kershaw gets 1st win as Dodgers beat Rockies 7-3

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Kershaw pitches Dodgers past Rockies

Clayton Kershaw struck out 12 in the Dodgers' 7-3 win over the Rockies.

LOS ANGELES -- Clayton Kershaw got his first victory despite giving up two home runs and Adrian Gonzalez hit a pair of RBI doubles as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 7-3 on Friday night.

Kershaw (1-1) allowed three runs -- one earned -- and six hits over six innings with 12 strikeouts. The reigning National League MVP is 21-2 with a 1.69 ERA in his last 24 regular-season starts.

The three-time Cy Young Award winner wasn't nearly as dominating against the Rockies as when he no-hit them last June. He surrendered a fourth-inning leadoff homer to Troy Tulowitzki and a two-run shot by Charlie Blackmon with two out in the fifth.

Nevertheless, the 27-year-old left-hander is 12-2 with a 3.11 ERA in his last 19 starts against Colorado.

Kyle Kendrick (1-2) gave up six runs in the loss, including the first National League home run by Howie Kendrick.

Colorado absorbed its first road loss after three-game sweeps at Milwaukee and San Francisco. The Rockies began this series with a one-game lead over the two-time defending NL West champion Dodgers, after finishing last season 28 games behind them with 96 losses.

Kyle Kendrick gave up seven hits and four walks in 4 2/3 innings and was behind 3-0 in the first on just 15 pitches.

Jimmy Rollins, a teammate of Kyle Kendrick's in Philadelphia during the previous eight seasons, drew a leadoff walk from him in the first and stole second with one out before Gonzalez doubled over the head of center fielder Drew Stubbs.

Howie Kendrick, who hit all 78 of his previous homers with the Angels in nine seasons, drove the next pitch into the left field pavilion.

Kershaw struck out the side on 16 pitches in the second inning and retired nine of his first 10 batters before Tulowitzki lined a 1-2 pitch into the lower seats in the left field corner to trim the Dodgers' lead to 3-1. It was his first home run of the season and 17th against Los Angeles.

Two batters later, Willin Rosario lined a single through the box that sent Kershaw spinning out of the way. Rosario stole second and tried to score on a two-out single by Corey Dickerson, but right fielder Andre Ethier made a perfect one-hop throw to Yasmani Grandal to get him.

The Dodgers made it 4-1 in the bottom half of the fourth, when Grandal scored on Kendrick's wild pitch to Kershaw after a two-out intentional walk to Joc Pederson.

Blackmon responded in the sixth with his first homer in 61 career at-bats at Dodger Stadium. But LA extended the margin to 6-3 in the bottom of the inning with RBI doubles by Kendrick and Gonzalez, who is 22 for 40 with 11 RBIs and five home runs in his first 10 games.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Dodgers: RF Yasiel Puig sat out his third game with tightness in his left hamstring. His status lies somewhere between late-inning pinch-hitter or possibly landing on the disabled list, which was as specific as manager Don Mattingly could get during his pregame session with reporters.

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Rockies: RHP Jordan Lyles (1-0) is 0-2 in three starts against Los Angeles, allowing 14 runs in 17 2/3 innings. He comes off a six-inning no decision against the Cubs in which his teammates committed three errors, resulting in two unearned runs.

Dodgers: RHP Zack Greinke (1-0) has allowed only one home run in 51 innings over his last eight regular-season starts. He is 6-2 with a 3.53 ERA in 13 career starts against Colorado.