Dodgers 2, Nationals 0

Jon Gold, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

LOS ANGELES -- Clayton Kershaw dazzled a Washington Nationals team sans Bryce Harper, and the Los Angeles Dodgers eked out a 2-0 win on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.
A day after the Nationals ended Los Angeles' brief two-game winning streak despite the loss of their young star -- Harper crashed face-first into the right field wall and missed Tuesday's matchup with general soreness and nausea -- the Dodgers (16-22) got back in the win column behind their ace.
Kershaw (4-2) had 11 strikeouts, including six in a row during a stretch from the first through third innings, before exiting with two outs in the ninth inning and a runner on first. He threw a season-high 132 pitches.
Surpassing the 1,000-inning mark for his career in the first inning, Kershaw finally qualified for the all-time ERA list, and his 2.71 mark is the best among active starting pitchers.
It was clear he wouldn't be falling on the list early in Tuesday's game.
Washington (21-18) managed just five hits off Kershaw, who nearly went the distance for the first time since an Opening Day 4-0 win over the San Francisco Giants. Only Ryan Zimmerman did any real damage against Kershaw on Tuesday, collecting three hits.
Kenley Jansen relieved Kershaw to face Harper's replacement, Tyler Moore, and he struck out the batter to pick up second save of the season.
The Nationals squandered a fine performance by Dan Haren (4-4), who allowed just four hits and two runs in seven innings.
With his curveball dropping like an anvil from an airplane, Kershaw needed little support, and in what's become an alarming trend for Los Angeles, the Dodgers gave him little in return.
The Dodgers managed little off Haren, though Andre Ethier delivered the big blow. Ethier had a two-out, two-run single in the third inning, driving home Kershaw and Matt Kemp.
NOTES: Dodgers RHP Zack Greinke will make his first major league start since mid-April on Wednesday night against Washington. Greinke, who has been on the disabled list since April 12 with a broken clavicle, remained in limbo as late as Monday about his status. He was scheduled to start Wednesday at either Class A Rancho Cucamonga or up with the Dodgers, but his health checked out. Greinke is 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA for the Dodgers after signing a $159 million contract during the offseason. ... Harper's folly was not his first: He crashed into a wall at Atlanta less than two weeks ago. ... Dodgers LHP Scott Elbert made his second rehab appearance at Class A Rancho Cucamonga on Monday night, striking out two in a scoreless inning. Elbert had elbow surgery during the offseason and has yet to appear for the Dodgers this season. ... Washington CF Denard Span, batting .277 with five stolen bases, was held out of the starting lineup. He popped out as an eighth-inning pinch hitter, then remained in the game. ... Washington's win at Dodger Stadium on Monday night was its first in six tries. The Nationals are just 4-18 at Dodger Stadium since 2006.

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