Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw leaves start against Braves after 2 innings

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The Dodgers lost their second straight game - this one their most lopsided defeat this season - the first time they have lost consecutive games since June 5-6. There appears to be some sort of magic about this team with the countless comeback wins and big moments.

The Dodgers were well-positioned to absorb Kershaw's injury a year ago, going 38-24 in his absence.

The Dodgers received a gift in the form of the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning. I didn't lose my focus in the game.

The Dodgers were concerned because ace Clayton Kershaw left the game after two innings with right lower back tightness.

The Dodgers have reportedly been interested in Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish as the trade deadline nears.

"It always helps when you score first", said Seager of his home run. Manager Brian Snitker would be looking to get rid of this losing-curse at Dodger Stadium with a win this time. In his first 2 starts in July, Alex Wood gave up 0 runs and struck out 14 batters in 13 innings pitched.

Those Yankees went 114-48 during the season and 11-2 in the playoffs en route to winning the World Series. He also hit one in '11. Everybody seems to understand their role and have their egos in check, which I believe hurt recent Dodger teams.

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"It was just like it looks".

"I think it's more of a declaration - not necessarily a challenge - to our own guys". He struck out nine and scattered three hits, but the walks proved to be his undoing.

Taylor also delivered a two-run triple in the eighth inning to provide the final margin. Garcia helped his stock some with a fine outing against the NL's hottest and probably best team. However, we ended up going into the night without resolution on the deal. I catch it, he is right there.

It was a weird night all around. I almost want to say elite, really, with the plays he's made. "I guess we have to start another (streak) tomorrow".

The Dodgers won't know that for sure until Monday at the earliest.

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Jaime Garcia was very nearly a member of the Minnesota Twins on Thursday, depending on whom you ask. Camargo slid over from SS to 2B, and Dansby Swanson entered at SS. Snitker said he expects Phillips to play Saturday.

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