LOS ANGELES -- Earlier on Sunday, Clayton Kershaw found out he was named to the National League All-Star team for the second straight season. On Sunday night, the Los Angeles Dodgers ace showed why in an 8-3 victory over the New York Mets at Dodger Stadium. The win snapped a season-high seven-game losing streak for the Dodgers, who remain one game behind the San Francisco Giants in the National League West. Kershaw (6-4) overcame poor control and poor defense early to last seven innings, allowing three runs, one earned, and three walks, while striking out nine. Kershaw retired the final nine batters he faced, including five by strikeout. The Dodgers took their first lead in 67 innings in the sixth inning when Juan Rivera walked, advanced to third on a double by Adam Kennedy, and scored on a groundout by James Loney. The 4-3 lead was the first lead for the Dodgers since last Sunday in Anaheim against the Angels, a span of seven games. Dillon Gee (5-7) took the loss for the Mets, allowing four runs, two earned, in his six innings of work. Gee struck out four and walked two in defeat. Two Mets errors led to four unearned runs for the Dodgers in the seventh inning to break the game open, highlighted by an RBI double by Loney that snapped a personal 0-for-28 skid at the plate. The Mets committed three errors in the game and the Dodgers had two miscues in the field, which led to eight of the 11 runs scored in the game being unearned. Ruben Tejada walked with one out in the first inning, then singles by David Wright and Scott Hairston brought Tejada home with the game's first run. The Mets might have scored more than their one run off Kershaw in the opening frame, as the first four batters of the game reached base, but a pair of outs on the bases limited their rally. Kershaw picked off Andres Torres, who walked, and Hairston was thrown out trying to advance to second base on his RBI single. A pair of doubles in the bottom of the first, by A.J. Ellis and Rivera, evened the score at 1-1, and also snapped a dubious streak. The Dodgers had not scored in 23 consecutive innings before their first-inning tally. A pair of throwing errors by Gordon led to two unearned runs for the Mets in the third inning. Gordon leads all National League shortstops with 17 errors. The Dodgers answered with a pair of unearned runs of their own in the fifth inning, as the inning was extended by bobbles from second baseman Ronny Cedeno and first baseman Justin Turner. Ellis hit a sacrifice fly to right center field to tie the score at 3-3. NOTES: NOTES: The eight runs scored by the Dodgers matched their total scored in their previous eight games, which included seven losses and five shutouts...Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier withdrew from the 2012 Home Run Derby at Kauffman Stadium on July 9 due to his strained left oblique that has kept him out of the last four games. "It's fun to go out there and it's an honor, but when it all comes down to it, just going out and winning games is my motivation," Ethier said. ... Wright was named to the National League All-Star team on Sunday for the sixth time in his career. Teammate R.A. Dickey, 37, was named an All-Star for the first time in his career ... Dodgers relief pitcher Blake Hawksworth has been shut down with shoulder soreness after two minor league rehab appearances. Hawksworth, who has yet to pitch for the Dodgers this season, will not do anything for the next two weeks.
- Clayton Kershaw