Clayton Kershaw Exits Start After Two Innings With Lower Back Tightness

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The game turned the Dodgers' way with two outs in the sixth. They lost a game.

Trainers talked to him in the dugout and then they went into the clubhouse.

So, how are the Dodgers faring this season on the runline? Kershaw said he was going to see a doctor Sunday night and undergo scans. "I guess we have to start another (streak) tomorrow".

Teheran (7-8) gave up four runs and nine hits, including three solo home runs, in 6 1/3 innings.

Yet the celebration was tempered.

"It was just like it looks". And Jim Johnson is not good right now.

Kershaw grimaced after throwing a breaking ball to Atlanta Braves catcher Tyler Flowers in the second inning, prompting manager Dave Roberts to run to the mound along with trainer Nathan Lucero. After tossing a couple of practice pitches, Kershaw resumed facing Flowers and walked him. They had a +1.91 run differential per game and scored 309 more runs than they allowed.

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"(Suzuki's) homer was big. Ender Inciarte added an RBI single.

The 31-year-old Garcia debuted with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2008.

Both teams are dominating their respective National Leagues- East and West after the first half of the season.

Kershaw threw 21 pitches, walked one batter and had two strikeouts before his departure. "I didn't have time to go to two hands".

"It's much more fun when you don't suck", joked a raspy Hill after the game. Foltynewicz will enter the game strong, he has delivered a 2.67 ERA over his last five starts. He struck out nine and scattered three hits, but the walks proved to be his undoing. On the other side, the under has cashed in five of Newcomb's last seven starts and is 5-1 in the Braves' last six games played on Sunday. Camargo slid over from SS to 2B, and Dansby Swanson entered at SS. Snitker said he expects Phillips to play Saturday. He still was not 100 percent, and Snitker said he was again prepared to remove Freeman if he felt too weak.

The timing of the injury is a bit of a good news/bad news proposition for the Dodgers. At the beginning of this road trip, and this particular series with the NL leading Los Angeles Dodgers, I would've been OK with a series split. They split the series with the Braves (47-50), who won the first two games.

Garcia's shot was the first grand slam by an Atlanta Braves pitcher since Tony Cloninger hit TWO on July 3, 1966... the first year for the Braves in Atlanta. "I just made a statement that I believed in, and I know the guys in there believed in". "I'm not trying to overswing, and almost like I'm going straight into two-strike [approach] and just trying to get the barrel to it".

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