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Clayton Kershaw leads the way with two-hit shutout of Tigers in Dodgers' 4-0 victory

June 20, 2011 | 10:06 pm

Kershaw_300 Your favorite franchise dragging, ownership in chaos, Major League Baseball about to take control?

Need a little pick-me-up?

Voila! How about a little two-game winning streak?

From the morass that has enveloped the Dodgers, at least Monday night they were able to find momentary respite in the form of a 4-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers before an announced crowd of 29,355.

Clayton Kershaw was once again absolutely suberb, shutting the Tigers out on two hits. It was his second shutout of the season and third of his career. And an improving hitter, he also drove in a pair of runs.

Hiroki Kuroda, Matt Guerrier and Javy Guerra combined to shut out the Astros on Sunday. The Dodgers have not allowed a run in their last 19 innings.

The initial offense was provided by struggling Juan Uribe, who hit a solo home run off ex-Dodger Brad Penny in the first, while James Loney and Dioner Navarro added doubles to score one more in the sixth.

Then with two outs and the bases loaded in the eighth, Kershaw singled off reliever Joaquin Benoit to score two final runs.

It was on the mound, however, where Kershaw was dominant.

Kershaw (7-3) gave up a double to Ray Raburn in the third and a single to Casper Wells in the fourth, but otherwise was in complete control. He struck out 11 and walked one. He has now leads the major leagues in strikeouts (117).

Uribe was 0 for 13 and 1 for 19 on the homestand when he batted in the first. He left no doubt about this hit, though, crushing a 3-2 pitch and sending it several rows up the left-field pavilion. It was Uribe’s first home run since April 29.

Penny (5-6) slipped out of trouble in the fourth and fifth innings, before the Dodgers finally got to him again in the sixth.

Loney continued his gradual rebirth at the plate -- he’s hitting .321 since April 26th -- with a leadoff double. One out later Navarro, whose solo home run won Sunday’s game, doubled down the right-field line to score Loney.

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-- Steve Dilbeck

Photo: Clayton Kershaw struck out 11 during Monday’s victory over Detroit. Credit: Gary A. Vasquez / US Presswire

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