Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw (15-9) returned to dominate form on Saturday night against the San Diego Padres, who had no offense nor answer for Kershaw.
AJ Ellis and Yasiel Puig stepped up with huge home runs, that elevated the Dodgers over the Padres 4-0 in front of a near sellout crowd.
I felt good, so I guess that's a bonus. A little bit erratic at first with the fastball but A.J. did a real good job of making me use all my pitches on both sides of the plate," said Kershaw.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly pushed back a previous start that allowed Kershaw rest for the upcoming playoffs.
The Dodgers offense clicked in the fourth inning when AJ Ellis blasted a two run home run off Padres rookie starter Burch Smith for the 2-0 lead.
Kershaw remained untouchable as he sat down 14 out of 15 batters.
Yasiel Puig launched a two run home run all the way to La Mesa that made it 4-0 in the seventh inning.
Since Greg Maddox achieved this milestone from 1993-95, Kershaw is trying to become the first pitcher to lead the majors in ERA for three straight seasons.
Ronald Belisario and Brian Wilson pitched flawless innings for the Dodgers in the win.
"San Diego is a tough team. They battle me. They put good at-bats on me and always seem to get my pitch count up. I felt good to finally get a win against these guys," said Kershaw.
Burch Smith (1-2) gave up two and three hits in six innings of work in the loss.
The last Dodger pitcher to finish below 2.00 ERA was Sandy Koufax with 1.73 ERA in 1966 according to Stats LLC.