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1B Adrian Gonzalez continued his sizzling start to the second half of the season, going 2-for-3 with an RBI double in Thursday's 2-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves. Gonzalez is batting .375 with a homer, seven doubles and 11 RBIs in the last 12 games since the All-Star break. He ranks first in the National League in RBIs with 71.
SS Hanley Ramirez didn't record a hit in 11 at-bats during the series against the Braves. He struck out twice and went 0-for-4 against Braves pitcher Julio Teheran in Thursday's 2-1 victory by the Dodgers.
Scott Elbert, designated for assignment Tuesday after spending the entire season on the disabled list, was outrighted to Triple-A Albuquerque on Thursday. Elbert underwent Tommy John surgery in June 2013, and his rehab was slowed when he had an appendectomy in January 2014. He spent most of the past five weeks on a minor league rehab assignment, though he was shut down for a week due to a sore toe on his left foot.
OF Matt Kemp cooled off briefly, at least for one night. Kemp was 0-for-2 with a walk in the Dodgers' 2-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Thursday night. Kemp entered the game leading the National League with a .436 batting average since the All-Star break. He had homered three times in the two previous games against the Braves.
LHP Clayton Kershaw tossed a complete game, leading the Dodgers to a 2-1 win over the Atlanta Braves on Thursday night at Dodger Stadium. Kershaw (13-2) beat the Braves for the first time during the regular season. They were the lone National League club he had yet to defeat. The left-hander won his 10th consecutive decision, tying a career best. In his past 11 starts, Kershaw is 10-0 with a 0.94 ERA. Kershaw barely missed blanking Atlanta. Left fielder Justin Upton's RBI infield single with two outs in the ninth, a play that Dodger manager Don Mattingly had reviewed, ruined the shutout. Kershaw struck out nine and scattered nine hits. He didn't walk a batter. "I wouldn't say I'm amazed at this point. It's him," Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez said. "It's a pretty good lineup they put out there today, but it doesn't matter who's out there. What (Kershaw) he's been doing this year is pretty incredible. What he did last year was incredible as well, but this year has been one for the ages."