In three appearances since returning from the disabled list Monday, he has two losses and a blown save. In a total of three innings, he has given up seven hits, including four home runs. In 2016, Jansen gave up four home runs in 68 2/3 innings.
Kershaw took a 4-2 lead into the eighth inning. The Padres scored one run, made possible by a throwing error by Machado. They might have scored the tying run, had not a scorching line drive by Hunter Renfroe not slammed into Wil Myers as he departed second base.
The Dodgers, who got a three-run homer from Machado in the first inning, might have scored some insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth, ones that would have enabled Jansen to escape with the save, had they not failed to score when they had runners on second and third and none out. When even an out could have produced a run, Yasmani Grandal and Chris Taylor struck out.
The National League Cy Young debate rages, with Max Scherzer, Jacob deGrom and Aaron Nola the leading contenders. Still, Roberts scoffed at the notion that Kershaw's performance might be a bit under the radar this year.
"It's hard to imagine Clayton going under the radar," Roberts said.
Kershaw, the Dodgers' three-time Cy Young winner, has been effectively removed from the discussion because of his two stints on the disabled list, not his performance.
"You look at his performance, it's been pretty remarkable since he came back," Roberts said. "It's not lost on us."
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On Saturday, Kershaw pitched eight innings, his third consecutive start of at least seven innings, in these days the mark of a throwback pitcher. He struck out nine, walked none and made 107 pitches.
In 12 starts since most recently coming off the disabled list, he is 5-1 with a 2.15 ERA, with nine walks and 71 strikeouts.
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