Clayton Kershaw climbs up Dodgers’ leaderboard with dominant outing against Mariners

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Beaty, right, drives in a run on a double as Seattle Mariners catcher Joseph Odom looks on in the third inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • Clayton Kershaw climbs up Dodgers’ leaderboard with dominant outing against Mariners

    Austin Barnes #15 of the Los Angeles Dodgers scores off a passed ball by Joseph Odom #54 of the Seattle Mariners in the third inning at T-Mobile Park on August 20, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

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  • Clayton Kershaw climbs up Dodgers’ leaderboard with dominant outing against Mariners

    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws against the Seattle Mariners in the second inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • Clayton Kershaw climbs up Dodgers’ leaderboard with dominant outing against Mariners

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  • Clayton Kershaw climbs up Dodgers’ leaderboard with dominant outing against Mariners

    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw, top, throws against Seattle Mariners’ Dylan Moore in the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • Clayton Kershaw climbs up Dodgers’ leaderboard with dominant outing against Mariners

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  • Clayton Kershaw climbs up Dodgers’ leaderboard with dominant outing against Mariners

    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • Clayton Kershaw climbs up Dodgers’ leaderboard with dominant outing against Mariners

    Joseph Odom #54 and Yusei Kikuchi #18 of the Seattle Mariners have a meeting on the mound after getting into a jam in the third inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at T-Mobile Park on August 20, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

  • Clayton Kershaw climbs up Dodgers’ leaderboard with dominant outing against Mariners

    Yusei Kikuchi #18 of the Seattle Mariners pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second inning at T-Mobile Park on August 20, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

  • Clayton Kershaw climbs up Dodgers’ leaderboard with dominant outing against Mariners

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  • Clayton Kershaw climbs up Dodgers’ leaderboard with dominant outing against Mariners

    Los Angeles Dodgers’ Austin Barnes (15) scores from third base on a passed ball as Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Yusei Kikuchi looks on in the third inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • Clayton Kershaw climbs up Dodgers’ leaderboard with dominant outing against Mariners

    Seattle Mariners’ Braden Bishop swings and misses as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes reaches for the ball to end the seventh inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • Clayton Kershaw climbs up Dodgers’ leaderboard with dominant outing against Mariners

    Seattle Mariners’ Kyle Seager, right, runs past third base coach Manny Acta after hitting a solo home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the fourth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

When Clayton Kershaw got Skip Schumaker to swing and miss for the first strikeout of the young left-hander’s career on May 25, 2008, Shed Long Jr. was finishing up seventh grade in Alabama.

Schumaker is on the San Diego Padres’ coaching staff now and Long is big-leaguer with the Seattle Mariners — and Kershaw is still striking guys out.

Long became the 2,487th strikeout of Kershaw’s career when he swung and missed at an 0-and-2 slider in the fifth inning at T-Mobile Park on Thursday. That moved Kershaw past Don Drysdale on the Dodgers’ all-time strikeout list. Only Don Sutton (2,696) struck out more batters in a Dodgers uniform.

Long had plenty of company Thursday as well. Kershaw struck out 11 while allowing just four hits in seven dominant innings as the Dodgers beat the Mariners 6-1.

It was the 63rd time in his career that Kershaw has struck out 10 or more. The Mariners swung and missed at 19 of his season-high 96 pitches — the most empty air he has induced since a complete-game, 13-strikeout start against the Kansas City Royals on July 9, 2017.

Over his past two starts, Kershaw has allowed just two runs on five hits while striking out 17 in 14 innings.

The bottom four hitters in the Mariners lineup — Tim Lopes, Long, Braden Bishop and Joseph Odom — were hitless in 11 at-bats against Kershaw, providing seven of his strikeouts.

The Mariners’ only damage against Kershaw was a solo home run by Kyle Seager in the fourth inning. Kershaw has allowed just six runs in 24 innings this season. Five have come on solo home runs.

The Dodgers backed him with ample offense but the game might have turned on a call by home plate umpire Adrian Johnson in the third inning.

With two runners on to start the inning, Matt Beaty appeared to take a third strike but Johnson called it a ball to even the count, 2-and-2. The next pitch, Beaty appeared to swing and miss at a pitch in the dirt. Johnson signaled Beaty had foul tipped the pitch — which came as a surprise to Beaty who had started to walk toward the dugout.

Given new life, Beaty bounced a ground-rule double over the wall in the right-field corner to drive in the game’s first run. Three more runs scored on a passed ball and RBI singles by A.J. Pollock and Cody Bellinger.

Bellinger kept creeping out of his slow start with a solo home run later in the game, giving him home runs in back-to-back games.

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