MLB: LA Dodgers 5, San Francisco 1

Oct. 3, 2012 at 11:12 PM

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- Clayton Kershaw allowed a lone run over eight innings and struck out eight Wednesday, lifting the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 5-1 decision over San Francisco.

Kershaw (14-9) gave up just three hits in bringing the Dodgers' once-promising season to a winning conclusion.

Los Angeles was 17 games above .500 in mid-June, but finished only 10 games over the break-even mark and wound up eight games behind San Francisco in the race for the National League West title.

Kershaw posted a 2.53 earned run average this year, best in the majors, and his 229 strikeouts were second best to R.A. Dickey of the New York Mets.

Los Angeles was clinging to a 2-1 lead heading into the eighth, but Alex Castellanos hit a solo shot in that inning and Juan Rivera had a two-run blast. The homer by Castellanos was his first in the majors.

The loss went to reliever Clay Hensley (4-5), who surrendered the go-ahead run in the sixth inning.

San Francisco, World Series champion two years ago, will face Cincinnati in the best-of-five division playoff round.

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