Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Clayton Kershaw rebounded from a rough outing to combine with four relievers on a three-hitter as the Los Angeles Dodgers blanked the Philadelphia Phillies 2-0 in the opener of a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park on Friday.
Kershaw (3-1) gave up two hits, walked three and struck out nine over six innings. The left-hander was hit hard in Saturday's 18-7 loss at Arizona, surrendering seven runs in 1 2/3 innings.
"It definitely felt good to put some zeroes back up there and remember how to get people out, which is good," Kershaw said.
Yasiel Puig finished 3-for-3 with two walks and an RBI for Los Angeles, which improved to 4-3 on its nine-game road trip.
Roberto Hernandez (2-2) allowed two runs on seven hits and four walks in 6 1/3 innings for the Phillies, who suffered their third straight loss.
"Hernandez did a great job. Two runs against that lineup, kept us in it," said Phillies right fielder Marlon Byrd.
Philadelphia certainly had its chances to score, but was 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base.
Kershaw pitched out of two-on, no-out jams in the fourth and sixth innings.
The Phillies also came up empty in a bases-loaded, no-out situation in the seventh.
Brandon League gave up a pinch single to Ben Revere and walked Cesar Hernandez before he made a low throw to first on a sacrifice bunt by pinch- hitter Tony Gwynn, Jr.
J.P. Howell relieved League and preserved the shutout with the help of his defense.
Pinch-hitter Domonic Brown hit a liner to left and Carl Crawford made a sliding catch. Revere had broke for home and was unable to get back to third in time to tag up.
Jimmy Rollins then hit into a fielder's choice, with third baseman Chone Figgins getting the second out at home. Carlos Ruiz flew out to right to end the inning.
Brian Wilson struck out two in a flawless eighth, and Kenley Jansen tossed a 1-2-3 ninth to record his 14th save of the season.
The Dodgers scored a run in each of the first two innings against Roberto Hernandez.
Dee Gordon singled to begin the game, swiped two bases and scored on a Puig one-out single to left.
Crawford led off the second with a homer to right-center field.
Kershaw improved to 13-0 with a 1.30 ERA over his last 17 starts against NL East opponents ... The Dodgers are 7-1 at Citizens Bank Park since the start of the 2012 season ... Gordon finished with three stolen bases, upping his total to an MLB-best 28 ... Dodgers shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena was 0-for-3 with a walk in his MLB debut ... There was a 43-minute rain delay in the top of the fourth ... Phillies first base coach Juan Samuel was ejected by first base umpire Seth Buckminster in the bottom of the fifth ... Philadelphia won three of four at Dodger Stadium from April 21-24 ... The Phillies opened an 11-game homestand on Friday.