WASHINGTON (AP) - Clayton Kershaw pitched seven shutout innings in his first outing since opening day, and Hanley Ramirez and Drew Butera homered as the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Washington Nationals 8-3 Tuesday night.
Kershaw (2-0) was stubborn in his return after missing 32 games, allowing nine hits but striking out nine without a walk.
The two-time NL Cy Young winner had been on the disabled list for the first time in his career, sidelined by a strained back muscle after winning March 22 in the major league opener in Australia.
The Dodgers kept outfielder Yasiel Puig out for the second straight game since he crashed into an outfield wall in the ninth inning Sunday at Miami.
Jayson Werth had four hits for the Nationals.
Blake Treinen (0-1), making his first major league start, allowed three unearned runs in five-plus innings.
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