SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Clayton Kershaw lost for the first time since May, allowing the go-ahead run when Max Muncy misplayed a potential inning-ending double-play grounder in a 2-1 defeat to the San Francisco Giants on Saturday night that left the Los Angeles Dodgers one win shy of 100 going into their season finale.
Kershaw (13-5), a 35-year-old three-time Cy Young Award winner, had been 7-0 with a 1.96 ERA in 13 starts since a May 21 loss at St. Louis. Facing the Giants for the 59th time, he allowed a third-inning homer to Tyler Fitzgerald and gave up two runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings.
With runners at the corners, Wilmer Flores hit a hard grounder to third only for Muncy to bobble the ball and not get off a throw. Muncy was charged with an error and Flores was credited with an RBI.
NL West champion Los Angeles, preparing to host a Division Series opener on Oct. 7, is attempting to reach 100 wins for the third straight year following the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.
Tristan Beck, a rookie making his third big league start, allowed Mookie Betts' RBI single in the sixth. Betts' 107 RBIs from the leadoff spot are the most since RBIs became an official statistic in 1920, one more than Ronald Acuña Jr.'s total for Atlanta this season.
“This exposure that these guys got is a perfect table setting for them to move forward,” Correa said.
Brandon Crawford is set return Sunday after going on the 10-day injured list on Sept. 21 with a strained right hamstring. It could be the shortstop's final game with the Giants 13 seasons. The 36-year-old is eligible to become a free agent after the World Series.
“I’m hopeful we can manufacture some moments where he gets his flowers — and appropriately so,” Correa said.
Dodgers: SS Miguel Rojas is day to day but improving after getting hit by a pitch on Friday, and is expected to play in the regular season finale.
A pair of rookie pitchers start Sunday: RHP Bobby Miller (11-4, 3.89 ERA) for the Dodgers and LHP Kyle Harrison (1-1, 4.85 ERA) for the Giants. Miller allowed a career-high seven runs in his last start against the Giants. San Francisco will start a rookie pitcher for the third straight game.
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Eric He, The Associated Press