Dodgers-Giants: Matt Kemp Double, Four-Run Fourth Spark 4-2 LA Win

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Dodgers-Giants: Matt Kemp Double, Four-Run Fourth Spark 4-2 LA Win

On an evening when the Los Angeles Dodgers announced that their ace right-hander Chad Billingsley will miss his start Wednesday with a strained hamstring, opening day starter Hiroki Kuroda reminded the San Francisco Giants that the Boys in Blue have more than just one top of the line pitcher in the rotation.

Kuroda worked 6.1 brilliant innings for the Dodgers (68-45), who broke a three-game skid in front of a hostile Bay Area crowd. He limited the Giants (61-51) to just one run on six hits as Los Angeles won the first contest between the long-time rivals since May 10 by a score of 4-2.

Those in attendance jeered Manny Ramirez long and hard when he came to the plate and also broke out in “Beat L.A.” chants throughout the night, especially in the ninth, in attempt to rally the home town nine.

The lone Giants run off Kuroda came on a second inning solo home run from Travis Ishikawa.

The only other time the home team reached second base against Kuroda was in the first inning, when they notched consecutive singles before Randy Winn grounded out to end the threat. The infield worked hard behind Kuroda recording 12 ground ball outs, two of which were double plays after the leadoff batter had reached.

The 34-year old right-hander allowed the fewest runs in a start since allowing zero against the Philadelphia Phillies on June 6, but didn’t factor in the decision.

All four Los Angeles runs came in the fourth inning against Giants’ starter Jonathan Sanchez. Ramirez, who followed a three-hit effort last night by going 2-for-4, singled with one out to start the rally.

Following back-to-back walks to Casey Blake and Orlando Hudson, Matt Kemp quieted the crowd with a line drive that hooked into the left field corner and all three runners came around to score, pushing the Dodgers in front 3-1.

Mark Loretta plated Kemp just five pitches later to add another run and make it a 4-1 lead for the visitors from the Southland. Loretta, who filled in for a slumping James Loney, went 2-for-4 on the night with an RBI.

Sanchez went five innings and surrendered four runs on five hits. He struck out six, but also issued three walks, two of which were costly and scored on the Kemp double.

In the bottom of the eighth, Edgar Renteria doubled to left center field off George Sherrill to leadoff the inning. The recently acquired southpaw from Baltimore proceeded to get three straight ground balls to Rafael Furcal at shortstop to retire the side and maintain the Dodgers’ three-run lead.

Jonathan Broxton came on to work the ninth inning having blown two of his last three saves entering Wednesday night and he gave up a one-out, solo home run to Bengie Molina to close the margin to two at 4-2. The long blast to left field was just the second home run Broxton has allowed this season.

Winn came up next and slapped a single into centerfield to keep the pressure on the big Dodgers’ closer, but then Fred Lewis bounced into a fielder’s choice to Blake at third base for the second out.

The final out came when Juan Castro took a base hit away from Ryan Garko. Castro dove to his right on the cut of the outfield grass, turned, and fired to Loretta at first to save a run and end the game for Broxton’s 25th save of the season.

The Dodgers will send Randy Wolf (5-6, 3.55) to the bump tomorrow night against the Giants’ Joe Martinez (2-0, 5.87).

 

 

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WP: Kuroda (5-5)

LP: Sanchez (5-10)

SV: Broxton (25)

 

Notes from Monday night

 

Almost Time to Rest

Following Wednesday afternoon’s rubber match with the Giants, the Dodgers will get their first day of rest in nearly three weeks. Wednesday will mark the 20th consecutive game without an off day for the National League’s best team, who has gone 7-11 during the stretch.

 

Two Months, One Game

The Dodgers last faced the rival Giants on May 10 at Dodger Stadium. Through the games of May 10, Los Angeles held a 4.5 game lead on San Francisco. Over the past two months, the Boys in Blue had added just one game to that lead, but the win tonight extended it a full game to 6.5 games.

 

Tulo Torches Cubbies, Keeps Rox Close

Troy Tulowitzski went 5-for-5 with seven RBI while hitting for the cycle in an 11-5 win for the Colorado Rockies over the Chicago Cubs. The win let the Rockies move into second place and keep pace with the first-place Dodgers, staying 5.5 games back in the NL West. 

 

PJ Ross is a Featured Columnist for the Los Angeles Dodgers

 

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