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Kershaw K's 9 Braves, Dodgers sweep series with 2-1 win

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Kershaw came out the victor in a close duel with Julio Teheran.

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Clayton Kershaw is rarely off his game, so Julio Teheran pretty much needed to be perfect if the Braves were going to win. Unfortunately, he wasn't and Kershaw turned in a complete game as the Dodgers completed a sweep of the Braves.

An RBI double by Adrian Gonzalez in the first inning and a solo homer by Yasiel Puig in the third were enough for Kershaw, who gave up nine hits but induced 12 groundouts including three double plays, two by Andrelton Simmons.

One crucial play came in the fourth inning. After B.J. Upton singled in the fourth, he had second base stolen easily, but came off the base ever so slightly and was ruled out. As the rest of the inning played out, Tommy La Stella grounded out which would've advanced B.J. to third, and Freddie Freeman's single would've scored him.

The fifth inning was the only time through eight innings the Braves had more than a single base runner until the ninth. B.J. and La Stella singled with one out; after Freeman struck out, Justin Upton reached on a soft infield single, and the throw from Juan Uribe was so close that Don Mattingly's challenge went unrewarded. Justin was safe, B.J. scored from third on the hit, but the game ended three pitches later on a groundout.

Julio Teheran was saddled with the tough loss even though he pitched a heck of a ballgame. He gets credit for a complete game, going eight innings while scattering five hits and striking out nine. He walked three (one intentional), his first one resulted in LA's first-inning run when he walked Puig.

Ryan Doumit started in right field, and both he AND B.J. had two hits in the game. They were the only two Braves with multiple hits.

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Source: FanGraphs