MIAMI — Pitching with a big lead in the eighth inning, Clayton Kershaw bounced a curve in the dirt, then spun in disgust and kicked the mound as if he had just lost the game.
Kershaw is unaccustomed even to one-pitch lapses, and he overcame the occasional difficulty he had Thursday, pitching eight innings to help the Los Angeles Dodgers win their third game in a row by beating the Miami Marlins, 6-0.
Kershaw (13-7) allowed five hits and lowered his ERA to 1.72, best in the majors. Miami’s leadoff batter reached in five innings against the left-hander, but the Marlins hit into three double plays and went 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position.
By Kershaw’s standards, that made it a subpar effort. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.