Alex Brandon
July 18, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) Clayton Kershaw struck out a season-high 14 in eight shutout innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Washington Nationals 4-2 to earn a split of the two games decided Saturday.

Hours earlier, pinch-hitter Matt den Dekker lined a two-run homer in the eighth inning that lifted the Nationals over the Dodgers 5-3 in the completion of a game suspended a day earlier after the fifth because of a lighting malfunction.

Kershaw (7-6), coming off a shutout of the Phillies, scattered three singles and didn't walk a batter. The lefty has won six straight starts against Washington, fashioning an 0.96 ERA in the process.

Bryce Harper struck three times against Kershaw, but hit a two-run homer in the ninth off reliever Kenley Jansen. It was Harper's 27th of the season.

Doug Fister (3-5) allowed four runs on nine hits over five innings.

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