Another NBA season has arrived, and there’s plenty of reason to believe the next team to hoist the Larry O’Brien championship trophy could be one of the two that call Staples Center home.
The Lakers open their season Tuesday night with a home game against Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors (7 p.m., TNT), while the Clippers travel to San Francisco for their season opener on Thursday night (7 p.m., TNT), also against the Warriors.
Paul George and the Clippers are convinced that the confidence they gained and the chemistry they forged during their breakthrough run to the Western Conference finals will help offset the uncertainty of if/when All-Star Kawhi Leonard will rejoin them after rehabbing his knee injury. Will he make it back before the playoffs? If he does, will anyone want to tangle with them in a first-round series?
Lakers beat writer Kyle Goon and Clippers beat writer Mirjam Swanson have provided plenty to get you ready for the season ahead, and they’ll keep you informed until the final buzzer sounds in June. If you’re a fan of either team, you should be following Kyle and/or Mirjam on Twitter, if you’re not already doing so.
In case you missed anything recently, here is a list of links to some content to help get you caught up:
LOS ANGELES — Chris Taylor’s home run landed hard. Hard enough to spring the joyful playoff noise from Dodger Stadium for the first time since Game 1 of the 2019 National League Division Series.
Hard enough to justify Max Scherzer’s prediction that it would turn out exactly that way, that Cody Bellinger would draw a walk in the ninth inning and Taylor would bury Alex Reyes’ slider into the left field bleachers.
“I thought (Albert) Pujols would actually hit the home run,” third baseman Justin Turner said later, “and he almost did.”
The point is that key people in the Dodgers’ dugout knew it would end in the ninth and, for that matter, how it would end.
Taylor’s two-run shot finally subdued the Cardinals, 3-1, in one of the most involving games of any kind that the Dodgers have played in the Guggenheim era.
“I think we made them a little nervous,” said Adam Wainwright, the Cardinals’ starting pitcher. “But they were relentless. They were who they are.”
However, there was a calling card that landed even harder, and it should have resounded throughout the Bay Area, as the Dodgers and Giants prepare for a Golden best-of-five series that begins Friday night in San Francisco.
The real message of this victory is that the Dodgers are playing with a couple of full decks in their bullpen these days, and those who assume they can still hang around until the end and watch the Dodgers dissolve might be sadly mistaken.
This game was not supposed to be a job from the relievers, not with Max Scherzer performing. But Scherzer was all over the place in his 4-1/3 innings, throwing 94 pitches and watching Manager Dave Roberts come out with the hook.
Roberts extended his right hand and quickly realized the ball was not going to be placed in it. He instead shook hands with his right-hander and then plucked the ball out of Scherzer’s glove.
It went to a better place.
Joe Kelly got two outs in the fifth and stranded Paul Goldschmidt at third base. Brusdar Graterol faced four hitters and was back in the dugout in five pitches, getting three grounders and holding his stuff at 100 mph.
Blake Treinen, unaccustomed to getting five outs, did so. It was laborious, since he had to pop up Nolan Arenado with Tyler O’Neill on second. Corey Knebel, who was once a nuclear closer in Milwaukee, struck out Harrison Bader with two out in the eighth.
It all led up to Kenley Jansen, who struck out the side in the ninth. Tommy Edman, who played a fabulous game at both ends for the Cardinals, got his third hit and stole a base in the ninth, but Jansen fanned Goldschmidt and then cranked a high 94 mph fastball that O’Neill waved at. You could hear it pop Will Smith’s glove in Eagle Rock.
“In terms of having a lot of neutral guys, then, yeah, it’s probably as good as we’ve had,” Roberts said, referring to relievers who don’t mind which side of the plate the hitter occupies.
“They’ve been our backbone all year,” Justin Turner said. “I thought Max did a great job battling tonight, and then the guys came in and did what they always do.”
Roberts did some roster shuffling because this was a win-or-stay-home situation. He left David Price off the roster and he thought he might have to use Julio Urias. Instead, Urias was a cheerleader and can now work Game 2 in San Francisco without a problem on Saturday night. Walker Buehler is the Game 1 starter Friday night, and Scherzer can come back for Game 3 on Monday night at Dodger Stadium.
It’s basically what they wanted.
The bullpen has always been the foreboding theme for the Dodgers, with appropriate “Twilight Zone” music in the background whenever the innings begin to dwindle. Only two years ago Clayton Kershaw was involved in the bullpen mix. In 2017 Brandan Morrow was worked into exhaustion. In 2018, a wrenching seven-game NLCS with Milwaukee wore down the relievers, and even though they rallied to extend Game 3 of the World Series to 18 innings, there wasn’t much left, before or after.
On Wednesday the Dodgers were able to outlast the Cardinals’ distinguished bullpen without having to use either Alex Vesia or Phil Bickford. They all await another roster alteration before Game 1 at Oracle Park.
“I really thought the winner of this game would go on to win the World Series,” Wainwright said. “I think we got to see that we could compete with a great team in this atmosphere.”
But it takes years of bonding, through champagne and through silence, to develop the keen antennae for winning that the Dodgers have.
Taylor was told that Scherzer had predicted this Hollywood ending perfectly.
“Good call,” he said, smiling. But not a hard one.
LOS ANGELES ― The Dodgers saved their best for last Wednesday night.
With four games left in the regular season, they’ll have to make it a recurring theme.
Trailing the San Diego Padres by three runs with six outs to go, the Dodgers hit four home runs in the eighth inning to complete a wild, come-from-behind 11-9 victory.
Home runs by Max Muncy, AJ Pollock, Cody Bellinger and Corey Seager pushed five runs across the plate, allowing the Dodgers to erase a 9-6 deficit. Seager’s two-run blast off right-hander Nabil Crismatt was the final dagger.
“Just trying to get the run in,” Seager said. “That was the only thought.”
The win allowed the Dodgers (102-56) to keep pace with the first-place San Francisco Giants (104-54) in the National League West standings.
The Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks, 1-0, earlier Thursday night. They lead the Dodgers by two games with four to play themselves, and their magic number to clinch the division title is down to three. The NL West runner-up will host the St. Louis Cardinals in the wild-card game on Oct. 6.
Pollock also homered in the first inning to give the Dodgers an early 4-0 lead. Mookie Betts began the Dodgers’ comeback from a 9-5 deficit with a solo home run in the seventh.
Seager went 3 for 5 with three RBIs. Pollock and Muncy each had two of the Dodgers’ 12 hits. Trea Turner extended his hitting streak to 15 games with an RBI single in the first inning.
Justin Turner came off the bench to hit a double in the eighth inning ahead of Seager’s game-winning blast. Turner’s 357-foot fly ball clanged off the left-field wall, falling a few feet shy of a five-homer inning.
David Price (5-2) was credited with the victory after pitching a scoreless eighth inning, and Kenley Jansen tossed a perfect ninth to convert his 37th save. The Dodgers have won eight consecutive games against the Padres (78-80).
This one will be remembered for a homer-happy inning unlike any other.
“That was a crazy inning,” Bellinger said, “maybe the craziest I’ve been a part of.”
After blowing leads of 4-0 and 5-1 early, the Dodgers saw the Padres rough up starter Max Scherzer for six runs (five earned) in 5⅓ innings. In the seventh inning, San Diego scored three more runs against Brusdar Graterol to take a 9-5 lead.
The same Padres team that committed two errors in the field just one day earlier turned the tables against Scherzer. The right-hander threw 97 pitches and induced only nine swing-and-misses.
For Scherzer, his last two starts amount to a rare lapse of dominance. He’s allowed five earned runs in back-to-back outings. He began the day with a 2.28 ERA, best in the National League, but now trails Milwaukee’s Corbin Burnes, 2.46 to 2.29.
“He just didn’t have good command,” Manager Dave Roberts said of Scherzer. “At times the curveball was good. The cutter and changeup just weren’t commanded. He’s picked us up many times over. We picked him up.”
In what might have been his final start of the regular season, Scherzer also went 0 for 2 at the plate. He has failed to reach base in any of his 61 plate appearances this season, which would break the previous record held by Wei-Yin Chen.
On a night when hard contact was easy to come by for the Padres, the Dodgers’ defense was porous. San Diego tied the score at 5-5 in the fourth inning when Seager allowed a routine ground ball to glance off his glove, turning the potential third out into an unearned run. Chris Taylor flubbed an easy ground ball earlier in the same inning.
The Dodgers’ most costly error was officially recorded as a triple off the bat of Wil Myers in the sixth inning. It came at the expense of Gavin Lux.
Lux, making his sixth career start in center field, took his eye off Myers’ deep fly ball at the last second. He dropped the ball then crashed violently into the wall.
Lux sustained a neck stinger, Roberts said, and will be re-evaluated Thursday morning. He was replaced by Bellinger, whose defense in center field has been steady.
Bellinger’s bat is another story. He began the day hitting .158, the lowest batting average of any hitter with at least 300 plate appearances this season. He ended the day by treating the announced home crowd of 45,366 to a game-tying home run.
“He’s in a good place mentally, a good place physically,” Roberts said of Bellinger. “He was ready when called upon. His teammates were really excited for him.”
The teams will play once more Thursday as the Dodgers attempt to catch the Giants. A wild card berth would end their streak of division titles at eight.
“The Crown” conquered the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday with seven wins including outstanding drama and all four acting categories, while “Ted Lasso” finished second with four Emmys including outstanding comedy.
“Thank you, the Television Academy; thank you, Netflix; thank you, Sony,” said creator Peter Morgan, who appeared virtually with most of “The Crown” cast and creators in England where it was just after 4 a.m. Monday when the best drama award was announced.
“Thanks … this lot,” said Morgan, who earlier won best writing for a drama, smiling broadly at the cheering crew around him in the room. “We’re going to have a party now. I’m lost for words and I’m very, very grateful.”
Olivia Colman won best actress for “The Crown” for her role as Queen Elizabeth, while Josh O’Connor won best actor for his work as Prince Charles. Earlier, Tobias Menzies and Gillian Anderson won the supporting actor and actress awards for portrayals of Prince Phillip and Margaret Thatcher.
In comedy, Jason Sudeikis won best actor for “Ted Lasso,” which ended up with four Emmys, including best supporting actor and actress for Brett Goldstein and Hannah Waddingham, while Jean Smart was the winner of best actress for a comedy series for her work in “Hacks.”
“Mare of Easttown” and “The Queen’s Gambit” split the top categories for limited series, anthologies or movies. Kate Winslet won best actress in the title role of “Mare of Easttown,” which won three overall, while “The Queen’s Gambit” won two awards including outstanding limited series.
“Anya Taylor-Joy, what can I say, you brought the sexy back to chess,” said William Horberg, producer of “The Queen’s Gambit.” “And you inspired a generation of young women and girls to realize the patriarchy has no defense against our queens.”
When Tameka Issartel went into labor shortly after midnight on Feb. 3, she found herself drifting into a trance-like state. She didn’t remember when her husband called their midwife or how she arrived with her assistant at her El Sereno home.
“I had an out-of-body experience,” she said.
As her pain intensified, Issartel spent several hours moving around her house, stepping into a shower, sitting in a bathtub and leaning up against the sofa in her living room, while midwife Racha Tahani Lawler massaged her back and encouraged her through labor. But the baby was still not coming out.
The pain grew so intense, Issartel said, she roared like a tiger.
That’s when the midwife told her husband to call 911.
Issartel kept pushing, changing her birthing positions several times with the assistance of midwives and her husband, who was also trying to take care of the couple’s three daughters patiently waiting nearby to meet the baby.
When Issartel’s son finally arrived around 9 a.m., she noticed that he was not breathing. Her daughters surrounded the baby as Lawler kneeled next to him, pulled off her N-95 mask and performed CPR, as Issartel stared in shock.
“Breathe, baby, breathe,” one of the girls said. “Come on, Tenshin.”
Home births have been on the rise across the Los Angeles region for the last couple of years, in part because of the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic.
More women have been opting for home birth as hospitals postponed or moved most of their health care online due to the pandemic, barring partners, canceling antenatal classes and often leaving women to deliver and recover alone. And many women chose home delivery because they were worried about being exposed to the virus at hospitals.
Another factor contributing to the rise of home birth, experts say, is the growing awareness of health disparities in maternal and infant mortality faced by Black women, who bear a greater risk of childbirth complications than any other demographic group, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
It’s estimated that about 700 women die each year in the United States from pregnancy-related complications, including infections, severe bleeding and high blood pressure. Black, American Indian and Alaska Native women have been disproportionately affected by pregnancy- and birth-related complications, with the CDC reporting they are two to three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than other demographic groups.
Interviews with more than two dozen midwives indicate they have attended double or triple the number of home births since the first days of the pandemic, with many of them unable to meet the demand and even turning clients away.
Lawler said she has been receiving dozens of inquiries each day from families inquiring about home birth. On some days, she visits her clients not to provide any prenatal or postpartum care, but just to hold their babies and listen.
“So many Black people are struggling with feeling whole because of everything that is going on,” she said. “They are piecing themselves together, worrying about the pandemic, worrying about their family, worrying about their housing, worrying about their food and struggling to hold it together.”
Nurse midwife Shadman Habibi, who works at UCLA Health Birth Place in Santa Monica, said at least 25 women of 150 patients who were planning their deliveries there changed their birthing plans in the past few months.
“They stopped coming to us and decided to have a home birth,” Habibi said.
The number of home births in Los Angeles County increased by 5.3% to a total of 631 from 2018 to 2020. During the same period, the numbers in San Bernardino County increased by nearly 25% to 186, according to preliminary data from the California Department of Public Health.
In Riverside County, that number rose by 121% to 310 from 2015 to 2020, according to the Riverside University Health System-Public Health.
In Orange County, the numbers have remained about the same from 2018 to 2020, according to the California Department of Public Health.
Licensed midwife Angelica Miller, who is based in Long Beach, said she has seen an uptick of inquiries about home birth since last year.
“A lot of moms choose home birth outside the pandemic because they can be active participants of their care,” she said. “With the pandemic, it’s a fear of COVID.”
Many of her clients, Miller added, choose a home delivery because they want to have control over their birth experience and make sure their needs are met.
One of her recent clients, MyLin Stokes Kennedy, decided to have an out-of-hospital birth after witnessing her wife, Lindsay, being pregnant with their son Lennox about two years ago. She watched in shock as an obstetrician failed to check on her wife while she was in pain.
Stokes Kennedy made up her mind to deliver her baby at home once she became pregnant with the couple’s third child.
Midwife Angelica Miller does a prenatal visit with MyLin Stokes Kennedy and her wife Lindsay at their Fountain Valley home on Tuesday, June 29, 2021. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)
Midwife Angelica Miller listens to the heart beat of MyLin Stokes Kennedy’s baby with her wife Lindsay and their child Lennox, 21 months, at their Fountain Valley home on Tuesday, June 29, 2021. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)
Midwife Angelica Miller does a prenatal visit with MyLin Stokes Kennedy and her wife Lindsay who plays with their son Lennox, 21 months, at their Fountain Valley home on Tuesday, June 29, 2021. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)
Lennox Stokes Kennedy, 21 months, plays with bubbles as his mom Lindsay watches during a midwife visit for his other mom at their Fountain Valley home on Tuesday, June 29, 2021. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)
“I’m just more aware of what’s happening to women like me in the hospital,” said the 34-year old resident of Fountain Valley, who is Black. “I didn’t want to be part of those statistics.”
Stokes Kennedy said she was drawn to home birth and midwifery care because of its focus on avoiding unnecessary interventions. The idea of receiving guidance and support from a midwife made her feel seen and heard. The pandemic was the final straw, she added, convincing her to opt for out-of-hospital delivery.
“With the pandemic, I wouldn’t want to be in the hospital,” she said.
It took her more than two months to find Miller, a Black midwife who attended home births in Orange County.
She envisioned delivering her baby in a birthing tub surrounded by candles, lavender scents and family members.
“I wanted a holistic, beautiful, spiritual journey and it has been like that so far,” Stokes Kennedy said. Miller, she added, encouraged her to ask questions during appointments that sometimes stretched to more than an hour — a type of care she believed she wouldn’t get with obstetricians.
But once she went into labor in the late hours on Sept. 3, all her birthing plans went out of the window.
As her labor progressed quickly, her contractions became longer and more intense. She labored in the bathroom for a while before her water bag dropped. About 30 minutes later, with the midwife still on the way, Stokes Kennedy noticed the baby’s head popping out.
“I said: ‘My baby is coming,’ ” she said.
When Lindsay heard her wife’s voice, she ran over from the dining room, where she was filling the birthing tub with water, and encouraged her wife to breathe and keep pushing. Stokes Kennedy’s doula, mother, and 13-year-old son stood by her side.
She pushed and pushed. Then she rested for a minute and pushed again.
Maddox Levi was born before midnight on Sept. 3. He weighed 9 pounds, 3 ounces and was 23 inches long. Right after he was born, the family FaceTimed the midwife and stayed on the call until she arrived about 15 minutes later.
Stokes Kennedy said although her mother was nervous witnessing home birth without professional help, no one considered calling 911.
“I was safe at home,” she said. “It was never a terrible pain. … Once his head was out, he was fine. There was never any worry.”
Although Stokes Kennedy didn’t have a chance to experience a water birth or light $200 worth of candles, she said she would do a home birth again. “My wife caught the baby,” she said. “It was very calm, intentional and beautiful.”
As the pandemic continued battering hospitals, midwives say they occasionally received phone calls from women who couldn’t afford to pay for midwifery care but needed advice preparing for an unassisted birth, also known as free birth.
Some expectant mothers turned to Facebook groups, seeking advice on unassisted birth where women shared pictures of themselves laboring in inflatable pools surrounded by candlelight and family members. They also asked questions on how to talk to neighbors about potential screaming during labor, whether free birth is possible with previous C-sections and if there’s a need to call 911 if labor doesn’t progress after a certain period of time.
Although free birth is not illegal in California, there have been instances in other states in which women who delivered stillborn babies at home have been prosecuted.
Doctors maintain that hospitals remain the safest option for pregnant women even amid the pandemic.
Dr. Amos Grunebaum, an obstetrician and gynecologist and a professor at the Zucker School of Medicine in New York, said out-of-hospital birth puts mothers and babies at risk.
“Complications can happen quickly and unexpectedly, even with people who have low-risk pregnancies,” he said. “People who deliver at home put their babies at an increased risk.”
Grunebaum and a team of researchers examined records from 2016-2018 and discovered that nearly 60% of women who planned a home birth had risk factors that could potentially end up in complications and neonatal mortality, according to a study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and covered by Reuters.
“These significantly increased risks of neonatal mortality in home births must be disclosed by all obstetric practitioners to all pregnant women who express an interest in such births,” according to the study.
Grunebaum was among a group of researchers who analyzed National Center for Health Statistics data on 88,000 planned home births across the county and discovered that nearly 4% of births followed prior C-section, about 23% of the mothers were 35 or older, and nearly 5% were 40 or older.
He also found that expectant mothers chose home birth despite risk factors like older age, prior cesarean delivery or obesity — factors which whole disqualified them from home birth in other developed countries.
“You have only one or two babies in your life,” he said. “Why would you risk it?
Dr. Mya Zapata, an obstetrician and gynecologist and the chief of the obstetrics service at Ronald Reagan Medical Center at UCLA, said she would recommend having a baby in the hospital.
“Most patients who get COVID, get it in the community from people they interact with,” she said. “The risk is much higher of getting COVID going to other locations and gatherings. In the hospital, at least the health care workers are vaccinated and everyone is wearing a mask.”ase
As the Issartel family was waiting for paramedics to arrive, Lawler continued performing CPR for at least 12 minutes.
During labor, Issartel learned that the baby was large and his shoulder was stuck inside her pelvis, a birth complication known as shoulder dystocia.
When paramedics arrived, they put Lawler on the gurney with the baby as she continued performing CPR.
“I was terrified that I was going break his ribs,” she said.
Issartel, 34, was transported to the hospital in a separate ambulance.
At the hospital, the boy received a cooling treatment, also known as therapeutic hypothermia, used to treat babies who were deprived of oxygen during birth. The treatment lowers the baby’s body temperature to prevent his or her health from deteriorating, by stopping the death of oxygen-deprived cells.
Because of pandemic-related restrictions, Issartel was not allowed to see her son until later in the afternoon. She was allowed to hold him for the first time only after three anxious days.
When doctors returned the boy’s temperature back to normal three days later, Issartel placed him on her chest, watching him latch onto her breast right away, with breathing tubes and oxygen still attached to his body. His MRI images showed no signs of trauma or injury.
“I was very blessed that we didn’t have any issues with nursing,” she said.
Before Tenshin was born, Issartel said she was debating whether to have a home birth. She even considered unassisted birth, but eventually decided to hire a midwife.
“I didn’t want to go to the hospital in the middle of the pandemic,” Issartel said.
Home birth allowed her and her son to avoid lengthy and painful recovery, which Issartel said took more than two months after her previous pregnancy.
“I do believe this is really meant to be,” she said. “If I was in the hospital, the healing journey for him and I would be worse. I have no regrets.”
LOS ANGELES — It’s just one three-time Cy Young Award-winning future Hall of Famer after another for the Dodgers now.
In his first start since July 3, Clayton Kershaw rejoined the Dodgers’ starting rotation by allowing just one run and pitching into the fifth inning of an eventual 5-1 Dodgers victory Monday night at Dodger Stadium.
Kershaw gave up four hits and a walk in his 4-1/3 innings, striking out five and throwing 50 pitches (short of the targeted total of 60 in his first start in two months – but he was only expected to pitch four innings).
“There’s not a lot of better feelings in the world than getting to pitch here and getting a win,” he said after his 193rd career start at Dodger Stadium. “It’s a special thing. I missed it. It was good to be back. We got a win today and everything worked out.”
A three-inning rehab start last week in Triple-A left Kershaw predictably dissatisfied – he said he told catcher Austin Barnes that he spent “the past two months trying to get healthy. Now I’ve got four or five days to learn how to pitch again.”
“There’s just no way to simulate a big-league game. There’s really not,” he said Monday. “You can do all the bullpens, all the rehabs, all the working out you want. But for whatever reason, pitching in a big-league game is just different and the only way to do it and to get better at it is to do it, to go out and compete. So I’m glad I got this first one behind me.”
He appears to have been a quick study. The first inning didn’t go particularly well. Three of the first five Diamondbacks hitters reached base on a double, a walk and an RBI single. But Kershaw struck out Henry Ramos to end the inning.
Starting with Ramos, Kershaw retired 11 of the final 13 batters he was allowed to face. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts pulled Kershaw after he had gone through the Diamondbacks’ lineup twice, retiring one batter in the fifth inning.
“I think there’s still some things I need to work on pitching-wise,” Kershaw said. “Today, it was good to get back out there. But at the same time, we’re in a race so there’s not a lot of time to work the kinks out. For me, I was throwing a lot more curveballs today than I probably had in the past, but that just seemed to be what was working. Gotta get that slider working. Fastball too was okay at times. But there’s definitely some things I need to work on.”
The familiar sight of Kershaw on the mound at Dodger Stadium brought “a lot of positive energy” to the team, Roberts said.
“It was awesome. So good to see him back out there, taking the ball,” Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner said. “We talked before the game, how hard it is for him not to be able to go out there and compete every fifth day. We’re all excited to see him back out there.
“Kersh is our guy. He’s our leader. When he takes the ball, we know we’ve got a really good chance to win a ballgame. That was special.”
The Dodgers topped the Diamondbacks’ first-inning run with three of their own against Zac Gallen.
Four of the first five Dodgers batters reached base, starting with a double by Mookie Betts (who is now 7 for 16 with a double, two home runs, six RBIs and six runs scored since moving back into the leadoff spot last week).
Corey Seager drove in the first run with an RBI single then scored from first base on Justin Turner’s two-run double into the left field corner.
Gallen got out of that and stranded two runners in the second. The Diamondbacks right-hander threw 52 pitches to get through those two innings and it didn’t look like he would be around for long.
But the Dodgers couldn’t land a knockout blow and Gallen pitched into the sixth inning.
The Dodgers nearly got to him again in the fourth inning when Gavin Lux and Barnes led off with back-to-back singles. After a sacrifice bunt by Kershaw, Betts sent a fly ball into shallow right field. Lux tagged and headed home, arriving in sync with the throw from right fielder Jake McCarthy.
Originally called safe, Lux was ruled out after a lengthy replay review (approximately 2½ minutes) overturned the call.
The Dodgers finally scored again in the sixth inning, driving Gallen from the game. Barnes did the damage with an RBI double.
Justin Turner made his a three-RBI night with a solo home run in the seventh inning. After going 84 plate appearances between home runs, Turner now has four in his past 24 at-bats.
“Just putting in the work,” said Turner, whose only hits were home runs in that time. “I feel like I kind of got my timing back. I feel like I was late there for awhile.”
The first-place San Francisco Giants won their eighth consecutive game Monday, clinching a playoff berth for the first time since 2016 and keeping the Dodgers 2½ games back in the NL West with 17 to play in the regular season.
“I’m thankful,” Kershaw said of getting back in action. “I didn’t really know what it was going to look like at the end of this season. So for me to be a part of it is huge. I will never take that for granted ever – to be in a playoff race, to be a part of it. And it’s a good one right now. The Giants aren’t losing. They’re not making it easy for us. It’s going to be fun.”
“There’s not a lot of better feelings in the world than getting to pitch here and getting a win. It’s a special thing. I missed it. It was good to be back.” @ClaytonKersh22 on his first outing back from the IL. pic.twitter.com/VLY5ohZQ3O