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Kershaw pitches Dodgers to win over White Sox

Published: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 12:38 a.m. CDT
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Chicago White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham can't catch a two-run single hit by Los Angeles Dodgers' Justin Turner during the sixth inning of a baseball game on Monday, June 2, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

LOS ANGELES – Clayton Kershaw shrugged off a two-run homer by Jose Abreu in the rookie's return from the disabled list, pitching the Los Angeles Dodgers past the Chicago White Sox 5-2 Monday night for his first home win of the season.

Justin Turner's two-run single keyed a five-run sixth inning in which all the Dodgers' runs were unearned.

Kershaw (4-2) allowed four hits over eight innings, striking out nine and walking none. Kenley Jansen got three outs for his 17th save.

Jose Quintana (3-5) gave up six hits through six innings and was charged with all five unearned runs.

The Dodgers parlayed two infield errors, four singles and a walk into the five-run rally that put them ahead 5-2. All the runs came with two outs.

Kershaw led off with a single and Matt Kemp reached on one-out grounder that went under second baseman Gordon Beckham's glove for an error with the infield overshifted to the left side.

Yasiel Puig struck out on a high fastball and slammed his bat in frustration, but the Dodgers got a break when third baseman Conor Gillaspie fielded Hanley Ramirez's grounder behind the bag and bounced his throw past first base as Kershaw scored.

Adrian Gonzalez drove in Kemp with an infield hit, and Quintana gave up a two-run single to Turner and an RBI single to Drew Butera after a walk to Scott Van Slyke.

Kershaw needed only 12 pitches to get through the first two innings and retired his first 10 batters before Beckham singled and Abreu followed with his 16th homer. The Cuban slugger was leading the majors in homers and ranked second in RBIs with 42 before missing 14 games with tendinitis in his left ankle. The White Sox were 8-6 in his absence.

The only other baserunner the White Sox had against the two-time NL Cy Young Award winner through the first six innings was Moises Sierra, who hit a dribbler to the right of the mound and beat Kershaw's throw to first base with two outs in the fifth. The left-hander, who led the majors in ERA each of the previous three seasons, made only 66 pitches through six.

The White Sox began a stretch of six consecutive games in the Los Angeles area, including a series against the Angels about 35 miles down the freeway in Anaheim.

NOTES: Abreu set major league rookie records for homers (10), RBIs (32), extra-base hits (19) and total bases (71) in April and was named AL rookie of the month. ... Beckham committed another error in the seventh, booting a routine grounder by Puig. ... Abreu and Puig, who were teammates with Cienfuegos before defecting from Cuba to the United States, are among six Cuban-born players in uniform for this series. The others are Alexei Ramirez, Dayan Viciedo, Adrian Nieto, and the Dodgers' Erisbel Arruebarrena. ... Tuesday will mark the anniversary of Puig's major league debut. He is one of five players with at least 190 hits and 30 homers within one year of their first big league game, along with Chuck Klein, Hal Trosky, Albert Pujols and Ryan Braun. ... White Sox manager Robin Ventura gave 1B-DH Adam Dunn the night off even though he is 8 for 13 against Kershaw with four home runs. ... Quintana has not allowed a home run in 43 1-3 innings over his last seven starts, after giving up one in each of his previous four outings.

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