SportsPulse: Bob Nightengale breaks down what makes Cleveland’s winning streak so special, and how the Dodgers’ struggles could prove costly.
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SAN FRANCISCO — Latin music played over the loudspeakers in the Los Angeles Dodgers clubhouse before Tuesday night’s game, courtesy of closer Kenley Jansen. In the dugout, manager Dave Roberts displayed an upbeat attitude as he entertained the news media with a story about franchise icon Tom Lasorda.
Perhaps the Dodgers were determined not to show the weight of the puzzling 11-game losing streak that had shaken their fans’ faith and cut their 21-game lead in the National League West in less than half.
More likely, they drew comfort from knowing Clayton Kershaw was taking the mound against the San Francisco Giants.
Kershaw, who notched the only victory in L.A.’s 1-16 stretch coming in, held the Giants in check over six innings and benefited from a couple of excellent defensive…