Blue On Track
The Dodgers (74-58) missed sweeping New York this past weekend because Lucas Duda, who played at USC, drove in five runs that included a three-run homer (25th) in the third inning, a run-scoring single in the seventh, and a solo blast in the ninth (26th) as the Mets romped to an 11-3 win on Sunday at Chavez Ravine.
Even with the defeat, the Blue Crew still lead the second-place San Francisco Giants by four and a half games in the National League West.
Bartolo Colon (12-10) ventured six innings, surrendered two runs (earned), five hits, striking out five and walking one.
Adrian Gonzalez swatted two doubles and a single, scored a run and knocked in a run.
Gonzalez had five runs batted in during the Dodgers’ 7-4 triumph over the Mets on Saturday as he drilled his team-best 18th homer in the fifth, a three-run bomb that gave the home team a 5-3 lead, added a run-scoring single in the fourth and a sacrifice fly in the seventh.
Zack Greinke (13-8) scattered nine hits, fanned four and walked one, while giving up four runs (three earned) in seven frames.
Dan Haren (11-10) was key to the Dodgers’ 6-2 hammering of New York on Friday as he gave up three hits and one earned run, and also lined a run-scoring single in the fifth, while Matt Kemp ripped a two-run double in the seventh.
It took a while but Clayton Kershaw was credited with a 2-1 decision over visiting San Diego on Thursday as Justin Turner erupted with a two-run rocket in the eighth inning.
Kershaw (15-3) struck out 10 and walked two in eight frames, yielded three hits, lowered his earned-run average to a big-league best 1.82, and remained the favorite to claim his third Cy Young trophy and second in a row.
Kemp drove in the Dodgers’ only run in a 4-1 pasting by the Padres on Wednesday, while Roberto Hernandez (7-9) worked five innings and gave up four runs (three earned).
Carl Crawford homered and singled twice, drove in three and scored three, while Turner doubled twice, had two RBIs with two runs as the Dodgers trashed San Diego, 8-6 on Tuesday.