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PHILADELPHIA -- Clayton Kershaw and Brandon League combined on a three-hitter Saturday night as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-0 for their 10th straight victory.

Juan Uribe hit a three-run homer and Kershaw doubled home a run for the Dodgers, who blanked the Phillies for the second consecutive night and won for the 42nd time in their last 50 games. Their 10-game streak is their longest since 2006.

Philadelphia fell to 0-2 under interim manager Ryne Sandberg, who replaced the fired Charlie Manuel on Friday. The Phillies have dropped four straight and 21 of their last 25.

Kershaw (12-7), who struck out eight and walked one in eight innings, retired the first 12 hitters he faced before allowing a leadoff single to Domonic Brown in the fifth. He later picked Brown off first base.

The only other hits off the 25-year-old left-hander were a sixth-inning single by John Mayberry Jr. and an eighth-inning double by Casper Wells.

Kershaw, protecting a 2-0 lead, walked Mayberry after Wells doubled. He retired Erik Kratz on a pop-up, but with pinch hitter Carlos Ruiz at the plate wild-pitched the runners into scoring position.

Kershaw then struck out Ruiz to end the threat, and Uribe extended the Dodgers' lead to 5-0 with his three-run shot off reliever Luis Garcia in the ninth.

League retired the Phils in order in the bottom of the inning.

It was the 16th shutout of the season for the Dodgers, who began the night tied with Cleveland for the major league lead. Philadelphia, which has scored fewer runs than all but two teams, was blanked for the 12th time.

Phillies starter Kyle Kendrick (10-10) allowed two runs (one earned) and seven hits over six innings. He struck out one and didn't walk a batter, but was aided by four double plays behind him.

The Dodgers scored a first-inning run on an error by Mayberry, who is normally an outfielder but was making his fifth start of the season at first base.

Kershaw added his RBI double in the fifth, making it 2-0.

NOTES: Sandberg said before the game that his second day on the job felt like "back to business" and added, "We want to improve. It starts with work and routine and starts with players playing on the field. ... The last nine years (under his predecessor, Charlie Manuel) set a standard that is remarkable and impressive. For me and these players, it should be our goal to get back to that." ... Sandberg also said he had received 185 congratulatory text messages since assuming his new position, some from high school friends. "How they got my number, I have no idea," he said. ... Phillies 3B Michael Young left the game after two innings with left ankle soreness.
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