Blue Breaks Even
This is Yasiel Puig’s second season and he’s already a star. The Cuban defector’s three-run homer was part of a four-run sixth inning last Sunday as the Dodgers (12-7) tripped Arizona, 4-1, at the Stadium.
Dee Gordon singled with one out and Carl Crawford’s triple made it 1-0. Adrian Gonzalez, who has a 15-game hitting streak and is batting .301, was intentionally walked, and Puig’s smash made it 4-0.
Kenley Jansen nabbed his seventh save after working an inning, has been solid, but has also blown two save opportunities.
“You’ve just got to tough it up,’’ said Jansen, who struck out the side swinging in the ninth and owns a 4.09 earned-run average. “‘m working hard and learning more. I’ve been rushing too much. I need to slow myself down, and I want to put the ball in the [strike] zone.”
Andre Ethier’s three-run wallop in the fourth inning on Saturday trimmed the Diamondbacks’ lead to one run, and the Blue Crew added five runs in the next frame and went on to an 8-6 win.
Gonzalez (two hits and two runs) drove in a pair with a single, while Matt Kemp (two hits and a run) added two runs with a double.
Dan Haren (3-0) didn’t allow a run over seven and one-third innings, fanning five, walking none and yielding seven hits.
Aaron Hill’s two-run single gave Arizona a 4-2 triumph in 12 innings on Friday, offsetting solo homers from Scott Van Slyke in the seventh and Juan Uribe’s round-tripper in the ninth.
Gonzalez (two hits) had a run-producing single in the fifth, and Tim Federowicz’s run-scoring hit pushed the Dodgers past San Francisco, 2-1, on Thursday at AT&T Park.
Hyun-Jin Ryu (3-1) was masterful as he toured seven innings, allowing four hits and no runs with three strikeouts and one walk.
Buster Posey’s scoring single, and Pablo Sandoval (two hits) chipped in with a run batted in as the Giants edged the Blue Crew, 2-1, on Wednesday.
The Dodgers’ only tally was a triple from Gordon (three hits) in the sixth inning that scored Paul Maholm (walk) for a 1-1 tie.
Hector Sanchez’s infield hit in the 12th inning was the game-winner on Tuesday for the Giants, who slipped past the Dodgers, 3-2.
The Dodgers got on the board when Uribe (three hits) homered in the second, and Justin Turner’s single in the seventh brought in Uribe, who doubled.