Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Clayton Kershaw spun a four-hit shutout and clubbed a go-ahead solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 4-0 victory over the defending champion San Francisco Giants in the season-opener for both teams at Dodger Stadium.
Kershaw (1-0) struck out seven en route to his sixth career shutout and ninth career complete game, while his first career homer provided all the offense the Dodgers would need.
The left-hander is only the second pitcher in major league history to hit a home run and pitch a shutout on Opening Day. Hall of Famer Bob Lemon accomplished the feat in 1953 with the Cleveland Indians.
Andre Ethier and A.J. Ellis each added an RBI, while Carl Crawford and Mark Ellis collected a pair of hits and a run scored apiece for the Dodgers, who went 86-76 last season and missed the playoffs for the third straight year.
George Kontos (0-1) absorbed the loss after giving up three runs on three hits -- including Kershaw's blast -- in the eighth inning.
Angel Pagan and Pablo Sandoval each had two hits to account for San Francisco's four hits, while starter Matt Cain fanned eight and scattered four hits over six scoreless frames for the Giants, who claimed their seventh World Series title in franchise history last season.