LOS ANGELES (AP) - The last-place Colorado Rockies couldn't generate any offense against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, putting an end to their four-game winning streak.
Colorado lost 8-0 on Friday night to open its final road trip of the season. Jeff Francis (5-7) gave up a three-run homer to Shane Victorino in the second inning, leaving the Rockies playing from behind.
Making his team-leading 23rd start, Francis gave up six hits and five runs in four innings, struck out three and walked one to fall to 0-3 in his last six starts. The left-hander hasn't won since Aug. 27 against the Dodgers.
``I don't know if they had a different approach than the last time. I threw the ball exactly the same way I did then,' Francis said. ``I just think they took advantage of a couple of mistakes and they didn't miss them.
``I've had some bad outings, but I feel like I'm better than the way I've performed. It's disappointing. I step on the mound ready to pitch, but sometimes it doesn't go my way.'
Kershaw (13-9) allowed five hits, struck out 10 and walked two. He helped himself in the seventh, starting a double play when he turned around and fielded Andrew Brown's comebacker between his legs with his back to the plate and fired to second for the first out.
``Too much Clayton Kershaw,' Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. ``He had as good a curveball as I've seen him have in any start that he's taken. As he always does, he threw a ton of strikes with his fastball. His slider was there when he needed it, but his curveball was phenomenal.'
Colorado's Jordan Pacheco went 0 for 4, snapping his hitting streak at 10 games. He hit .391 during that span, which was his second-longest this season after a 14-game stretch from Aug. 22-Sept. 9.
``That was the first time we've faced him in a while and he was nasty,' Pacheco said about Kershaw. ``Everything was working for him - his cutter, his curveball, and he was attacking us with his fastball. He located well and got ahead in the count. And when you're down 0-2, he's got plenty of room to work with.'
The Dodgers provided Kershaw with early run support, taking a 4-0 lead in the second. Andre Ethier's RBI double scored the first run and Victorino followed with his 11th homer.
Los Angeles made it 5-0 in the fourth when Ethier singled and scored on a double-play grounder by Kershaw.
Bobby Abreu had his first career pinch-hit homer, a two-run shot off Will Harris with two outs in the eighth, extending the Dodgers' lead to 8-0.
NOTES: Kershaw struck out at least 10 for the third time this season and 18th in his career. ... Los Angeles earned its first shutout win since Aug. 19, a 5-0 victory at Atlanta. ... The Dodgers sent INF Stefan Jarrin, the son of Dodger Spanish-language broadcaster Jorge and grandson of Hall of Famer broadcaster Jaime, to Philadelphia as the player to be named later in the July 31 `trade for Victorino. The 22-year-old Jarrin batted .209 with three homers and nine RBIs in 26 games for the rookie-level Arizona League Dodgers. ... Tony Orlando serenaded Tom Lasorda with ``Happy Birthday' between innings. Lasorda, who turned 85 last weekend, received a standing ovation from the crowd and both teams.
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