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Kershaw's scoreless run snapped at 41 innings

Dodgers ace notches sixth-longest streak in expansion era, third-best in LA history

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LOS ANGELES -- With Chase Headley's two-out solo home run to left field in the sixth inning Thursday night, Clayton Kershaw's scoreless streak came to an end -- but not before he carved his name into the Major League record books.

Kershaw didn't allow a run over 41 innings, a span that included six starts, a June 18 no-hitter and National League Pitcher of the Month honors for June.

Scoreless innings
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is the 22nd pitcher to throw at least 40 consecutive scoreless innings.
Name Team League IP Start End
Orel Hershiser L.A. NL 59 8/30/1988 9/28/1988
Don Drysdale L.A. NL 58 5/14/1968 6/8/1968
Walter Johnson Was. AL 55 4/10/1913 5/14/1913
Jack Coombs Phi. AL 53 9/5/1910 9/25/1910
Bob Gibson Stl. NL 47 6/2/1968 6/26/1968
Carl Hubbell N.Y. NL 45 7/13/1933 8/1/1933
Cy Young Bos. AL 45 4/25/1904 5/17/1904
Doc White Chi. AL 45 9/12/1904 9/30/1904
Sal Maglie N.Y. NL 45 8/16/1950 9/4/1950
R.A. Dickey N.Y. NL 44 5/22/2012 6/24/2012
Ed Reulbach Chi. NL 44 9/17/1908 10/3/1908
Rube Waddell Phi. AL 43 8/22/1905 9/5/1905
Rube Foster Bos. AL 42 5/1/1914 5/26/1914
Brandon Webb Ari. NL 42 7/20/2007 8/17/2007
Clayton Kershaw L.A. NL 41 6/13/2014 7/10/2014
Jack Chesbro Pit. NL 41 6/26/1902 7/16/1902
Grover Alexander Phi. NL 41 9/7/1911 9/24/1911
Art Nehf Bos. NL 41 9/13/1917 10/4/1917
Ted Lyons Chi. AL 41 8/9/1926 8/26/1926
Luis Tiant Cle. AL 41 4/28/1968 5/17/1968
Walter Johnson Was. AL 40 5/7/1918 5/26/1918
Gaylord Perry S.F. NL 40 8/28/1967 9/10/1967
Luis Tiant Bos. AL 40 8/19/1972 9/8/1972

• Kershaw tied for the sixth-longest scoreless streak in the expansion era (since 1961). Former Dodgers pitchers Orel Hershiser (1988) and Don Drysdale ('68) lead the pack with 59 and 58, respectively. Bob Gibson (1968) is third with 47.

• In his 41 scoreless innings, Kershaw allowed 17 hits and struck out 50 batters to just six walks. He held opposing hitters to a .122 average.

• Throughout the streak, only three batters Kershaw faced reached third base -- two on errors.

• Kershaw (11-2) threw nine innings in the 2-1 win Thursday, allowing three hits, one walk with 11 strikeouts. The run he allowed came on Headley's sixth-inning home run. It was Kershaw's third complete game this season, and he won his eighth consecutive start.

• With the start, Kershaw now qualifies for league leaders, and his 1.78 ERA leads the Major Leagues.

• Kershaw joined Sandy Koufax (1966) and Juan Marichal ('67) as the only pitchers in the last 100 years to have won eight straight starts in a single season while striking out seven or more each game, according to Stats, LLC. Kershaw has allowed five earned runs in 61 innings in those eight starts -- a 0.74 ERA. He's struck out 80 and walked six.

• Headley's home run was his first since June 14 and his first career home run off of Kershaw in 51 at-bats.

Michael Lananna is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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