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Clyde Nash
September 20, 2017

Kershaw was cruising along nicely until the sixth inning, when he gave up two walks and a single to load the bases for Phillies outfielder Aaron Altherr.

Phillies pitcher Nick Pivetta catches a comebacker with his jersey.

Center fielder Chris Taylor and third baseman Justin Turner each hit home runs.

Los Angeles Dodgers' Chase Utley, right, a former Philadelphia Phillies player, reacts to the crowd as Philadelphia Phillies catcher Jorge Alfaro looks on before an at-bat during the first inning of a baseball game, Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, in Philadelphia.

Maikel Franco, J.P. Crawford, and Jorge Alfaro each took an 0-3. While Odubel Herrera tried to make a play on the ball, it hit the ideal spot on the wall and deflected clear over Aaron Altherr's head. In the top of the first inning, the Los Angeles Dodgers got off to a hot start.

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Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner can not catch a pop foul by Philadelphia Phillies' Nick Williams during the fourth inning of a baseball game, Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, in Philadelphia.

The home run, though, wasn't ever in doubt.

Aaron Altherr hit a sixth-inning grand slam off Kershaw, lifting the Philadelphia Phillies to a 4-3 win over Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citizens Bank Park.

They beat the Giants twice in San Francisco, then rolled into Washington and took two of three from the Nationals to reduce their magic number in the NL West to four.

It was the longest scoreless streak against any team over Kershaw's career.

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While the Phillies did win the game 4-3, Kershaw's Dodgers remain in ideal position to win their division.

"Just a bad slider", Kershaw offered. He has already allowed a career-high 21 homers despite missing five weeks with a lower back strain. Earlier this season, he gave up home runs in five consecutive starts for the first time in his career and surrendered four in a game (June 19 to the New York Mets).

"I wouldn't have gotten that win if Altherr hadn't hit that grand slam and it wouldn't even have started if Ty didn't get that walk and Freddy didn't get that hit and we didn't get another walk, so the guys putting up good (at-bats) in that situation was really nice to see", Pivetta said.

Taylor led off the game with an inside-the-park homer.

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