Kershaw allowed three hits, walked two and struck out five in 5 1/3 innings in his third spring start. He exited just shy of 80 pitches, which was his limit; Dodgers manager Don Mattingly mistakenly said Kershaw would be limited to 90 earlier Monday.
Javy Guerra entered an immediately served up a long home run to Carlos Santana, the former Dodgers prospect. Kenley Jansen threw a scoreless seventh inning, but Scott Elbert allowed two runs (on two singles and a walk) in the eighth inning.
That proved to be the difference, as the Dodgers’ two-run, ninth inning rally fell short. Justin Sellers went 3-for-4 and five others collected one hit apiece. Some notable 0-fers: Jerry Hairston (0-3), Juan Rivera (0-3) and James Loney (0-2, walk).
A few more notes:
Andre Ethier’s second-inning triple was his ninth extra-base hit (among 10 total hits) of the Cactus League season. That matches Seattle’s Dustin Ackley for the spring training lead.
Hairston made two more errors at shortstop today, giving him four this spring.
Kershaw was a perfect 2-for-2 on bunt attempts.
After averaging roughly six runs per game in their first 14 games, the Dodgers (8-4-4) have scored six runs in their last three games combined.
Chad Billingsley starts tomorrow against the Milwaukee Brewers in Glendale and will be relieved by Josh Lindblom, Ronald Belisario, Ramon Troncoso and Wilfredo Ledezma. Left-hander Chris Narveson will start for the Brewers.
The results of an MRI on Ivan DeJesus’ strained oblique muscle were not available immediately after the game.