LOS ANGELES, CA (WSAU-TSN) - A throwing error by Hanley Ramirez ruined Clayton Kershaw's bid for a perfect game in the seventh inning, but the Dodgers' ace was still able to complete his first career no-hitter on Wednesday.
The 26-year-old Kershaw (7-2), a two-time NL Cy Young Award winner, struck out a career-high 15 and did not walk a batter in the Dodgers' 8-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies. He threw 107 pitches and won his fourth straight start.
It was the second no-no thrown by a Dodgers pitcher this season. Josh Beckett tossed his first career no-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies on May 25.
Kershaw retired the first 18 batters he faced before Corey Dickerson reached base to start the seventh. Dickerson hit a dribbler to Ramirez and the shortstop threw wildly to first. The no-hitter was then in danger when Troy Tulowitzki hit a sharp grounder down the third-base line. Miguel Rojas made a nice stop and completed the long throw to first.
The only perfect game in Dodgers history came from Sandy Koufax in 1965.
It was the 22nd no-hitter in franchise history, including the 12th since the club relocated to Los Angeles.