Dodgers can laugh at three errors on one play in win over Padres

Written By kolimtiga on Selasa, 09 September 2014 | 12.56

It was looking like that rare, near perfect game for the Dodgers on Monday night – Clayton Kershaw dominating, the offense exploding – when they suddenly decided to add an unexpected element.

Comic relief.

Suddenly it was the Keystone Kops, the Dodgers somehow managing to turn a fly out into three errors on the same play. Everyone will claim they were there, but only a Dodger Stadium crowd of 41,856 actually saw it -- and they probably laughed until it hurt.

The Dodgers could afford to smile themselves, since they still trounced the San Diego Padres 9-4 behind Kershaw's latest gem and a 13-hit attack that featured a three-run homer from Carl Crawford and a solo shot from Juan Uribe.

With the San Francisco Giants idle Monday, the victory increased the Dodgers lead to 3¿¿ games in the National League West. They have 18 games remaining, six against the second-place Giants.

The Dodgers were already comfortably ahead 8-1 in the sixth inning when all sorts of craziness exploded. Rymer Liriano singled Yangervis Solarte to second when Rene Rivera sent a fly to shallow center.

Yasiel Puig sprinted in to make the nice catch, saw that Liriano had wandered too far from first base and fired a throw to first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. It wasn't a horrible throw, but Gonzalez had to jump away from the returning Liriano and failed to come up with the ball.

The first error was charged to Puig.

Catcher A.J. Ellis had alertly backed up the play, scooped up the ball and threw to second. The throw went just wide of Dee Gordon, again not really a terrible throw.

The second error went to Ellis.

Solarte rounded third and headed for home. Shortstop Hanley Ramirez, who had run out to mid center on the initial fly, suddenly found himself with the Ellis overthrow. Ramirez fired home, and this time it really was a bad one. It sailed about 20 feet wide of Ellis, who had sprinted back to the plate.

The third error was on Ramirez.

Ellis ran after the ball and Kershaw came home for the throw, but it was late. Kershaw, in the only smart move of the 20-second play, caught the relay and lifted both feet behind him to avoid any potential collision with Liriano.

Kershaw took a couple steps away from the plate, bent over with hands on his knees and just stood there for a moment. Don't think he was happy, but maybe he was trying to suppress laughter.

Otherwise, things went predictably well for Kershaw. He went eight innings for the sixth consecutive start – and 10th in his last 12 – while holding the Padres to three hits. He struck out eight and walked two. He gave up three runs, but only one was earned, lowering his ERA to an amazing 1.67.

He raised his record to 18-3 with the win, becoming baseball's first 18-game winner despite being on the disabled list for almost six weeks. Kershaw has won 15 of his last 16 decisions.

Ramirez had four hits and two RBIs for the Dodgers. Crawford had three hits along with three RBIs, and Matt Kemp doubled and drove in a run to increase his hitting streak to 14 games.

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