Clayton Kershaw got the best of the Colorado Rockies' lineup and pitched eight strong innings, striking out ten batters while allowing just five hits and walking two as the Los Angeles Dodgers prevailed, 8-0.
The Dodgers had their way with Rockies starter Jeff Francis as the lefty allowed five runs, four of which came in the second inning, and six hits in just four innings of work. Most of the damage was done off a three-run shot from Shane Victorino that plated Hanley Ramirez and Andre Ethier that gave Los Angeles a 4-0 lead.
Catcher Wilin Rosario had the only extra base hit of the evening for Colorado and was 1-for-4 on the evening. The Rockies left six runners on base and was 0-of-4 with runners in scoring position. With the loss, Francis moves to 5-7 on the year while Kershaw improved his record to 13-9.
Game 2 of the three-game series will be on Saturday at 7:10 p.m. MT.