Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Jimmy Nelson blanked the Los Angeles Dodgers over eight innings and matched a career-high with 11 strikeouts on Friday, but he was handed a no-decision. The other runs also came on homers as Milwaukee's Domingo Santana went deep in the seventh inning and Los Angeles' Yasmani Grandal tied the contest with one out in the ninth.
Cody Bellinger belted a solo homer to right in the 12th off former Milwaukee closer Neftali Feliz to provide the margin of victory.
Los Angeles pitching had a franchise-record 26 strikeouts, handing the Brewers the dubious distinction of tying the major league mark for most whiffs in a game.
Both teams combined for 42 strikeouts.
The teams will play a 3:10 game Saturday at Miller Park.
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It's a significant achievement for Kershaw, who is just 29 and has a chance to end up one of the all-time greats in the strikeout department. He's coming down from a season in which he posted a 1.69 ERA, the lowest of his career, paired with an 0.7 BB/9 and 10.4 SO/9 over 149 innings. He also became the fourth pitcher to reach that mark while in a Dodgers uniform, joining Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, and Don Sutton. Pedro Martinez got there in 1,715 1/3 innings.
The Dodgers acquired LHP Jason Wheeler from the Minnesota Twins for cash considerations and optioned him to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Manager Dave Roberts had Chris Taylor pinch-hit for Kershaw. Garza is 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA in two career starts against Los Angeles, with the loss occurring last season at Dodger Stadium.