LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw is joining the pitching greats in baseball, though the Los Angeles Dodgers ace isn't reveling in his accomplishments.
He'd rather the team win its first World Series championship since 1988.
Kershaw scattered four hits over six innings, Carl Crawford and A.J. Ellis each homered and drove in three runs and the Dodgers beat the Colorado Rockies 11-0 Friday night.
Kershaw (16-9) lowered his ERA to 1.83, becoming the first pitcher to lead the majors in ERA in three consecutive seasons since Atlanta's Greg Maddux from 1993-95.
"I try not to take that lightly," Kershaw said. "It's a huge honor."
The left-hander joined Houston's Roger Clemens (1.87) and Boston's Pedro Martinez (1.74) as the only qualifying pitchers since 2000 to post an ERA under 2.00. Kershaw is the first Dodgers pitcher to do so since Sandy Koufax had a 1.73 ERA in 1966.
"It's too hard to think about all that stuff. Right now there's not much time to look back. You need to keep going," Kershaw said. "You can look back in the offseason a week or two. That's when you can enjoy it."
Kershaw struck out eight and walked none in totaling a career-high 236 innings this season. Favored to win the NL Cy Young Award, he leads the league with 232 strikeouts.
"If we had gotten this guy some runs, he would have won 25, 26 games this season," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "He just attacks. It's like the scoreboard isn't even there. He goes after people."
Kershaw doffed his cap to the sellout crowd of 52,367 during a curtain call in the sixth, mouthing the words "Thank you."
His next start for the NL West champions will come in the division series opener Thursday at Atlanta or St. Louis.
"You want to gain some momentum going in there," said Kershaw, who hasn't pitched in the postseason since 2009. "Getting to the playoffs is nice. Unless you win that whole thing no one remembers."
Kershaw ended the regular season by tossing 13 scoreless innings over his final two starts.
"He's had a great year," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "His command and stuff, he puts them both together, and there's some deception. He's the complete package for a pitcher, and he's left-handed on top of it. He's as good as there is right now in our league."
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