Taylor's 9th-inning slam leads Dodgers over Brewers 10-8

  • Taylor's 9th-inning slam leads Dodgers over Brewers 10-8

Taylor's 9th-inning slam leads Dodgers over Brewers 10-8

MILWAUKEE - Cody Bellinger homered in the 12th inning off Milwaukee Brewers reliever Neftali Feliz, salvaging a 2-1 win Friday for the Dodgers on a night when ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw recorded his 2,000th strikeout. Through the first two months of the 2017 season, his 1.9 fWAR is the sixth-best among major league starters, while his 2.37 ERA (entering Friday's game) ranks fourth alongside the White Sox' Derek Holland. Brewers starting pitcher Jimmy Nelson certainly played a part in the Dodger offensive woes, he matched career highs with his eight-inning, 11 strikeout game. Kershaw gave up just two hits in all and the only damage was a solo homer off the bat of Domingo Santana in his final inning of work. Los Angeles is 6-1 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.

Highlighted by a 301-strikeout season in 2015, Kershaw has been one of the most dominant pitchers in Major League Baseball since his arrival in 2008.

Corey Knebel relieved Nelson and after striking out Corey Seager, Grandal hit a screaming line drive home run to right to tie the game. Both teams combined to whiff 42 times. Manager Dave Roberts had Chris Taylor pinch-hit for Kershaw.

"It will be cool someday, I guess when you retire you look back at that stuff", Kershaw said about the milestone. The all-time strikeout leader, Nolan Ryan, recorded the 2,000th of his eventual 5,714 career strikeouts in his 1,874th inning (currently the third-fastest).

The Dodgers picked up left-handed pitcher Jason Wheeler from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for cash considerations. Garza is 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA in two career starts against Los Angeles, with the loss occurring last season at Dodger Stadium.