Fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers can breathe a heavy sigh of relief.
Backed by ace Clayton Kershaw, the Dodgers put an end to their worst stretch since moving from Brooklyn, snapping an 11-game losing streak by defeating the San Francisco Giants 5-3 in a nail-biter on Tuesday.
Before putting an end to the streak, the Dodgers had lost 16 of their past 17 contests as their lead atop the National League was trimmed to only 3 1/2 games courtesy of the Washington Nationals. Amazingly, their 93 wins still lead all of baseball.
Though the aforementioned Kershaw wasn’t his usual dominant self, he pitched well enough to earn the win, pacing the Dodgers throughout the game. Despite allowing eight hits, Kershaw churned out six solid innings, striking out six batters and allowing only one earned run.
Offensively, the Dodgers saw clutch contributions from Yasiel Puig, who had two RBIs thanks to a pair of doubles. Chase Utley hit a solo home run, his eighth of the season, while Justin Turner provided insurance late with an RBI double of his own.
Kenley Jansen was able to shut the door by recording a four-out save, only his third since August 25.
Had the outcome gone differently, the Dodgers would have tied the 1925 Brooklyn team who lost 12 straight that year. The longest losing streak in history belongs to the 1944 Brooklyn Dodgers, who failed to win in 16-straight games.
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