Kershaw, Dodgers get best of Cueto

Kershaw, Dodgers get best of Cueto

The ace southpaw needed just 89 pitches to complete his seven innings of work. When Grandal came up in the third, a fastball flew up and in for a run-scoring wild pitch.

That trend continued on Wednesday, with Kershaw in between 84-89 miles per hour most of the day with his slider, including finishing off three strikeouts with the pitch.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Eventually, Johnny Cueto and Yasmani Grandal spoke civilly and worked out their differences as grown men: They each apologized before tension escalated.

Afterwards in the San Francisco clubhouse, the talk was about a near benches clearing incident between Cueto and Grandal in the third inning after Cueto threw up and in after Grandal's two-run double in the first. Grandal figured Cueto was throwing at his head in the third out of frustration and retaliation.

Through the middle of it stomped Clayton Kershaw, uninterested in the potential contretemps, focused on getting back to the mound to continue his latest dissection of the Giants in their home park. "We're on good terms now, so let's not make it a bigger deal than it is".

The benches cleared briefly after the top of the third when Cueto and Grandal exchanged words.

Michael Pineda (4-2) allowed three runs and six hits over six-plus innings.

Cueto was peeved at Grandal because he thought Grandal benefited from tipped pitches when he slapped one he had no business swinging at for a two-run double in the first inning.

"It can't get any worse than what it is", said second baseman Dee Gordon, whose errant throw led to two unearned runs. "With guys on second base he thought we were relaying signs and so he obviously let us know and Corey early on about that". Cueto covered home plate, giving Grandal a convenient opportunity to have a conversation with the right-hander.

"He said, 'Sorry for the misunderstanding". Cueto seems to be improving the further removed he is from his blister issues.

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw tossed seven innings of three-hit, shutout ball in Wednesday's 6-1 win over the San Francisco Giants. Justin Ruggiano dropped a soft line drive into left field with one out in the fourth for the Giants' first hit, but Kershaw (7-2) was in control throughout. The left-hander moved into a tie for most wins with Houston's Dallas Keuchel.

Kershaw allowed three hits and didn't walk a batter for the fourth time in 2017 as the Dodgers snapped their three-game skid and ended the Giants' season-best five-game winning streak.

Cole (2-4) struck out three, walked two and received an overdue dose of support when Josh Bell smacked a three-run home run in the sixth off Jacob Turner (2-2). The Padres wasted a brilliant effort by Jhoulys Chacin, who struck out eight in seven innings and retired 19 straight batters during one stretch.

Eduardo Nunez hit his first home run of the season in the ninth against former Giants reliever Sergio Romo before he finished the 2-hour, 37-minute game.

For Johnny Cueto, it was his first loss at home since August 30, 2016, against the Diamondbacks.

He got off to a shaky start in his first appearance since April 16, hitting leadoff batter Denard Span in the helmet with a 73 miles per hour curveball, then getting called for a balk moments later.

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