The scenario was perfect, really, with so many hung up on the Dodgers' 0-46 record when trailing after seven innings. The Dodgers trailed 1-0 entering the eighth inning, providing Turner an opportunity to make good on this tweet from one night earlier.
From what I have gathered from fans' responses tonight, not only do the Dodgers need to win, but have to do so in comeback fashion— Eric Stephen (@truebluela) August 21, 2014
Make that 1-46.
Tyson Ross proved every bit the worthy rival to Kershaw on Thursday, matching him on the mound and even causing problems at the plate.
Kershaw took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, facing the minimum number of batters until Ross singled over the head of shortstop Miguel Rojas with two outs. Kershaw got out of the sixth inning with a strikeout of Yangervis Solarte, but the seventh inning was not so kind.
Abraham Almonte opened the seventh with a single, then Kershaw walked Jedd Gyorko. A fly ball to center field advanced Almonte to third, then a hard single to left field by Rene Rivera brought home the game's only run.
Ross allowed two hits and a walk with six strikeouts in the first seven innings, including 12 straight batters retired until Carl Crawford led off with an infield single, setting up Turner's heroics.
The Padres have only scored two runs with Ross in the game in his four starts against the Dodgers. Ross has a 2.67 ERA in those four starts against Los Angeles, with 29 strikeouts and eight walks in 27 innings. But he is 0-4.
The Dodgers put three runners on base in the first three innings against Ross, but never more than one at a time. The team's two best base stealers - Carl Crawford in the second inning and Dee Gordon in the third - were each thrown out trying to steal second base by Rivera, which was news in itself.
Entering Thursday opposing runners stole 27 bases against Ross, one shy of the major league lead, with only six caught in the act. Rivera had a solid 34-percent caught stealing rate, nabbing 23-of-67 would-be stealers, but with Ross on the mound Rivera threw out only six of 25 runners trying to steal (24 percent).
Kershaw struck out 10 in his eight innings, picking up his 15th win of the season to tie for the National League lead. All five of Kershaw's double-digit strikeout games this season have come at home.
Kershaw lowered his ERA on the season to 1.82, and since the beginning of June has been sublime. In his last 15 starts Kershaw is 12-1 with a 1.30 ERA, with 138 strikeouts and only 14 walks.
Home runs: Justin Turner (4)
WP - Clayton Kershaw (15-3): 8 IP, 3 hits, 1 run, 2 walks, 10 strikeouts
LP - Tyson Ross (11-12): 8 IP, 4 hits, 2 runs, 2 walks, 8 strikeouts
Sv - Kenley Jansen (36): 1 IP, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts