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Bullpen flexible after 13-inning game

Bullpen flexible after 13-inning game

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LOS ANGELES -- Clayton Kershaw did on Sunday what manager Joe Torre asked of him before the game: Go long, so the bullpen doesn't have to.

After using nine pitchers in Saturday's 13-inning win, Torre used only one on Sunday. Rookie right-hander Kenley Jansen earned his first Major League save and closed out a 1-0 Dodgers win over the Mets in support of Kershaw's eight innings.

Jansen struck out two consecutive batters to end the game after falling behind the leadoff man, Carlos Beltran, 3-1. He's now perfect, with four strikeouts, through his first two big league innings.

On Saturday, Jansen struck out Angel Pagan and David Wright. On Sunday it was Jason Bay and Ike Davis.

"It was basically the same guys," Torre said. "I felt OK bringing him in."

Hong-Chih Kuo was not available to pitch back-to-back days, and neither was Jeff Weaver. Closer Jonathan Broxton was available, Torre said, but he wanted to give his regular closer rest after a stomach ailment bothered him earlier in the week.

Backup catcher Brad Ausmus was available as well after catching 12 innings in his return from back surgery, though Broxton might have passed that stomach bug on.

"[Ausmus] came out of it fine, except that he must have talked to Broxton too much, because he's got a little stomach thing going on today," Torre said. "The baseball part was fine, but he's under the weather today. He would be available to us."

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