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FLA@LAD: Kershaw hurls complete-game shutout, fans 10

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers are now 1-0 in day games following stadium fires.

And they're just as successful in Clayton Kershaw shutouts, which he threw for the first time this year in Sunday's 8-0 Dodgers blowout victory, limiting the Marlins to as many hits as he got -- two.

Along with recording 10 strikeouts and knocking out two hits with an RBI, Kershaw was a running fool on the bases, scoring twice, hustling to beat out a double-play grounder, breaking for second on a basestealing attempt that Rafael Furcal turned into a hit-and-run single, and going first to third twice.

"My heart stopped when he did that," third-base coach Tim Wallach said about Kershaw's aggressiveness.

Speaking of the slumping Furcal, he had three hits, including a two-run homer, which keyed the first of two four-run innings for the Dodgers.

"Spring Training's over," joked Furcal, who went 1-for-22 coming off the disabled list from a broken left thumb, but has five hits in the last two games. "I was trying to do too much, and I had a little struggle for five or six games."

And speaking of hits, the Dodgers battered out a season-high 17 of them, 15 against Florida starter Ricky Nolasco. Andre Ethier had three hits and two walks, while Jay Gibbons had a season-high three hits.

The Dodgers won their first series in more than a month, and played most of this game without manager Don Mattingly and center fielder Matt Kemp, who were ejected at the end of the fourth inning by plate umpire Ron Kulpa.

"It was a good day," said Kershaw. "We got runs early, and hitting is contagious."

This was Kershaw's second career shutout, the fourth Dodgers shutout this year and third complete game. It came against a Marlins team that roughed up Kershaw in Florida on April 26 for four runs in 5 1/3 innings and a 4-2 loss.

"They have a lot of young guys I played against in the Minor Leagues," Kershaw said. "They got me a little in Florida this year and I just wanted to come back and tackle them. With the big lead, I wanted to make them beat me instead of beating myself."

In effect, the Marlins beat themselves, flailing away at Kershaw's sliders in the dirt while he racked up all 10 strikeouts in the first six innings, seven if the first four innings.

"My slider tailed off toward the end, it flattened out," Kershaw said, explaining why his strikeouts tailed off. "But I think it got them swinging earlier in the count, which helped keep my pitch count down [116]. At least I have another pitch to show."

Kershaw made no apologies for his baserunning, particularly the attempted steal.

"Davey [Lopes, first-base coach] told me if they're not holding me on, the pitcher has a high leg kick, and I thought I could steal the base," he said.

Omar Infante had the first hit off Kershaw, a leadoff single to left in the third inning. The other was Logan Morrison's catchable wind-blown double leading off the seventh inning that Gibbons lost in an uncharacteristic stiff wind that whipped through Dodger Stadium, where a fire in a food warehouse Saturday night disrupted a Dodgers loss.

Kershaw and the offense made sure nothing would disrupt the Dodgers in this game. They not only had the four-run third inning when they batted around, but they had another four-run inning batting around in the fifth. The Dodgers came into this game having scored five runs in their previous three games. The eight runs were the most they have scored since May 10, and matched their second-highest total all season.

"Raffy is our catalyst," said Kershaw, an opinion shared by the manager.

"Obviously, Raffy in the past when he's going, we're usually pretty good," said Mattingly. "I felt like it was just a matter of time with him. Him getting that home run was big early, getting us going, and then we scratch a few more across."

The Dodgers went 5-for-15 with runners in scoring position, but even with the eight-run windfall, they stranded 11 runners. They went 0-for-5 with the bases loaded. Comments