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|Clayton Kershaw's breakout game of this season couldn't have come at a better time. He shut out the Rockies with their ace Udalbo Jimenez on the mound.|
Kershaw even erased his only post-first-inning walk by picking off Eric Young at first base. Kershaw struck out nine, three coming against Rockies first baseman Todd Helton, who isn't having a vintage season by any means. Perhaps most importantly, Kershaw did all this in his first start after getting knocked out in the second inning on Tuesday, when he was torched for seven runs against Milwaukee. Kershaw, who has no career shutouts or complete games, wanted to go back out for the ninth. He has thrown 117 pitches through eight innings, so Garret Anderson was sent to pinch hit for him. "He said, 'I have one more in me,'" Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. "I told him, 'I'm sure you do.' And then I said, 'Nice job.' This kid is special." A special pitcher. And just maybe, a special afternoon for the Dodgers.