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Kershaw goes 8 innings striking out 9. Dodgers beat ChiSox, 5-2.

LOS ANGELES - Save for a couple of fat pitches in the 4th inning that were letter-high, Dodgers' ace Clayton Kershaw pitched a superior 8 innings allowing just 2 runs on 4 hits striking out 9 as Los Angeles opened a 3-game inter-league series with a 5-2 win over the Chicago White Sox at Dodger Stadium Monday night.

After getting the first 10 White Sox batters out, Kershaw (4-2) gave up a single to Gordon Beckham who found right-center to get on base. The next batter was Jose Abreu - the "other" Cuban phenom - who crushed a 2-run home run to left field (16) right after being taken off the disabled list.

The White Sox led 2-0 with their starter - Jose Quintana - pitching as well as Kershaw but becoming the victim of a couple of fielding errors in the 6th inning that saw 10 Dodger batters come to the plate with Kershaw starting and endng the frame at the dish, plating 5 unearned runs for the Dodgers and that would be it.

To see Clayton Kershaw's post game interview, click on the video with this story.

The hard-luck Quintana got the loss for Chicago pitching 6 innings, allowing 6 hits and 5 unearned runs. He struck out 5 Dodger batters.

The Dodgers improve to 31-28 while the White Sox fall to 29-30. Game 2 of the series is Tuesday back at Dodger Stadium with Chicago's Hector Noesi (0-3, 4.33 ERA) facing the Dodgers' Dan Haren (5-3, 3.28 ERA). First pitch is set for 7:10pm PDT.