Pirates outfielder Gregory Polanco ended Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw’s consecutive scoreless innings streak on the first pitch the lefty threw to start the bottom of the first inning on Friday at PNC Park. It was a first-pitch fastball and Polanco swatted it into the stands in right-center. Kershaw was chasing the all-time consecutive scoreless innings record, held by former Dodger Orel Hershiser, who put up 59 zeroes in a row in 1988.
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Polanco, 23, has been subpar offensively this season, but has now homered in back-to-back games and has posted much better numbers in the last month. Since July 6, entering Friday’s action, Polanco was hitting .283/.366/.455. He now has six home runs and 33 RBI on the season.