LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw struck out a career-high 15 and no-hit the Rockies in an 8-0 win Wednesday night.
Kershaw, a two-time National League Cy Young Award winner, allowed only one baserunner, who reached on a throwing error by shortstop Hanley Ramierez.
It was the second no-hitter by the Dodgers this season; Josh Beckett threw one May 25 at Philadelphia.
“I am so amazed,” Kershaw said. “Beckett told me he was going to teach me how to do that, so I have Josh to thank.”
Kershaw retired the first 18 batters before Corey Dickerson hit a slow bouncer to Ramirez, whose throw was wide of first baseman Adrian Gonzalez for an error, ending the bid at a perfect game.
“He had command of everything,” catcher A.J. Ellis said. I told him between innings: ‘It’s not fair when you have a devastating slider and a devastating curveball in the same night.’ And when he does that, nights like this are really possible.”
“I’ve seen some great pitching performances, but it’s tough to be any better than Kershaw,” Rockies manager Walt Weiss said.
It was the 22nd no-hitter in Dodgers history.
“His stuff was phenomenal tonight. I think all the guys said that. We tip our hats to him,” Rockies outfielder Corey Dickerson said.
The last time the Rockies were no-hit was by the Dodgers’ pitcher Hideo Nomo on Sept. 17, 1996, at Coors Field. The Rockies also were no-hit by the Marlins’ Al Leiter in May 1996.