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Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw leaves start with apparent injury

Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 04: Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers stands in the dugout during their game against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park on August 04, 2022 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw has left his start at San Francisco with an apparent injury.

Kershaw appeared to tweak something while he was warming up before the bottom of the fifth inning Thursday. The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner winced and pointed to his dugout, and then walked off the field gingerly with a trainer.

The 34-year-old Kershaw made 66 pitches through four innings, allowing one earned run and three hits with four strikeouts. He left with a 4-2 lead.

Kershaw spent time on the injured list earlier this season due to inflammation in a pelvic joint. He was 7-3 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts coming into the day.

Right-hander Phil Bickford came on in relief. The NL West-leading Dodgers are going for their fifth straight win.