Dodgers Sweep Rivals, Extend Win Streak to Five

Jeff RuthContributor IApril 17, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 16:  Eric Stults #50 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at Dodger Stadium on April 16, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Filling in for the injured Hiroki Kuroda, Eric Stults has more than done his job so far of keeping things from getting chaotic every fifth day in this Los Angeles rotation. At the start of the season, Eric Stults was a foregone conclusion to start at Triple-A.

Two weeks later things look drastically different, as he's pitched in two games for the Dodgers, winning both, and making it look like he should have been here all along.

Rafael Furcal got things going tonight with a homerun off Barry Zito to kick things off in the bottom of the first which gave the Dodgers the early 1-0 advantage. But that advantage was erased quickly as the Giants roared back in the second inning tying the game without a hit leaving the infield.

But the Dodgers weren't ready to give up the lead as they came back in the bottom of the second with two runs of their own, thanks to an error by Fred Lewis that turned a Matt Kemp single into a triple, scoring Andre Ethier and Russell Martin. Casey Blake would then chase Kemp home with a single.

The Giants attempted to make a game out of it in the fifth, as Emmanuel Burris singled followed by a Pablo Sandoval double to make the score 3-2. But, the Dodgers brought their brooms tonight scoring three in the sixth off a Doug Mientkiewicz double that he wound up separating his shoulder on sliding head first into second base.

The Dodgers would score one more in the seventh when Kemp grounded into a fielder's choice, eliminating Martin, But a throwing error by Edgar Renteria would score Loney and put the final nail in the coffin for the Giants.

Stults lasted five innings giving up two runs on five hits, which proved to be more than enough to secure the win and the sweep in front of 36,533 in attendance. Up next, the Dodgers welcome the Rockies to Chavez Ravine, as the Dodgers' Randy Wolf (1-1) will take on the Rockies' Jorge De La Rosa (0-1) in the final three games of this homestand.