Blue Still Sharp
Clayton Kershaw allowed one earned run in the first inning, but none over the next seven as the Dodgers (67-52) avoided a sweep by Milwaukee this past weekend at Miller Park.
The Dodgers’ 5-1 win on Sunday pushed them in front of San Francisco by four and a half games in the National League West, and saw Kershaw (14-2) lower his big league-best earned-run average to 1.78, while giving up six hits, walking two and striking out six.
Adrian Gonzalez doubled twice, tallied a run, contributed two runs batted in (club-best 79), while Matt Kemp added two hits with an RBI.
Miguel Rojas had three hits with a run, Carl Crawford two hits and a run, while Juan Uribe finished with a pair of hits.
Gonzalez (two hits) accounted for the Blue Crew’s only run in a 4-1 setback to the Brewers on Saturday as he launched his team-high 17th homer in the fourth inning.
Recently-acquired Roberto Hernandez held Milwaukee to three hits and two earned runs with five strikeouts and no walks over six innings, but the Dodgers’ bullpen faltered as they lost, 9-3, on Friday.
Hyun-Jin Ryu (13-5) blanked the host Angels and gave up two hits across seven innings in a 7-0 wipeout on Thursday as Gonzalez (two hits with a run) and Hanley Ramirez (three hits) both had two RBIs.
For five consecutive starts, Dan Haren struggled, but not when he faced the Angels on Wednesday as he picked up a 2-1 decision.
Haren (9-9), a one-time Halo, worked seven and one third innings, surrendering three hits, fanning four and issuing no walks.
The Dodgers led 2-0 in the second inning on Kemp’s solo homer (14th), and Andre Ethier’s double plated Crawford (two hits), who reached on an infield single.
Ethier’s grounder to David Freese forced a throwing error from the Angels’ third baseman and allowed Uribe (two hits, three RBIs and two runs) to cross the plate in the ninth for a 5-4 win on Tuesday at Dodger Stadium.
Garrett Richards (12-4) threw a complete-game, five-hitter with nine strikeouts and two walks as the Angels trounced the Dodgers 5-0 on Monday.