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Dodgers sweep two baseball games in Australia

Mar 23, 2014 6:45 AM

Whether it’s the United States or Australia, Clayton Kershaw just keeps winning games and Jasiel Puig is still providing the energy.

The Dodgers come with a pair of wins in the Land Down Under against Arizona by scores of 7-5 and 3-1 to start the major league baseball season.

Puig atoned for going 0-for-5 in the season opener with a 3-for-5 effort in Game 2. Juan Aribe also had three hits for Los Angeles.

In the season opener, Kershaw allowed one run and five hits in 6-2/3 innings.

Scott Van Slyke hit a 2-run homer to supply the offense Kershaw and several relievers needed before a crowd of about 40,000 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Kershaw was impressive while making his fourth consecutive opening-day start. He struck out seven, walked one and was pulled by manager Don Mattingly after throwing his 102nd pitch.

In his previous opening-day starts, Kershaw was 2-0 with 19 strikeouts in 19 scoreless innings.

Three relievers kept the Diamondbacks scoreless with hitless work. Chris Perez, a two-time All-Star with Cleveland before joining the Dodgers in the offseason, got the last out in the seventh.

Brian Wilson pitched the eighth and closer Kenley Jansen got the save. Jansen walked a batter before getting Gerardo Parra to ground out to end the game.

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