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Kershaw wins second straight NL Pitcher of the Month

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As summer rolls on, Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw keeps getting hotter.

The reigning Cy Young winner was named the National League's Pitcher of the Month for the second straight month after going 4-0 in five starts with a 1.07 ERA (best in the NL) in July.

Kershaw pitched a league-high 42 innings, including three complete games, and gave up just five earned runs while posting the second-lowest opponents' batting average (.165) among qualifying NL pitchers. With 43 strikeouts, he averaged just more than one strikeout per inning.

On July 10 against the Padres, the lefty saw his scoreless-inning streak snapped at 41 innings, which ranks as the sixth-longest in the expansion era (since 1961). The 26-year-old currently has 10 straight winning decisions, tied for his career high, and is 13-2 on the season with a MLB-best 1.71 ERA and 150 strikeouts in 121 1/3 innings. 

Will Laws is an associate reporter for MLB.com. You can follow him on Twitter at @WillLaws. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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