Crew’s In First
When the Dodgers face San Francisco, it’s usually a big series. This past weekend’s three-game sweep at AT&T Park was, and it saw the Blue Crew (59-47) leap back atop the National League West by one and a half games.
Pitching has been a strength, and Hyun-Jin Ryu (12-5) added to this notion after Sunday’s 4-3 decision over the Giants, as he was charged with three earned runs, struck out seven, walked one and allowed six hits in six innings.
Hanley Ramirez (two hits with a run), Juan Uribe (hit) and Carl Crawford (triple), all drove in a run, and Matt Kemp had two singles.
“To take three straight from our rival is very good,’’ said Crawford. “We kind of let our ability take over. Hopefully we can keep going.”
Clayton Kershaw (12-2) blanked San Francisco, 5-0, on a complete-game, two-hitter with seven strikeouts and one walk on Saturday.
Adrian Gonzalez (two doubles with a single and a run) and Ramirez (single and double) each had a run batted in, while Uribe (double and single) drove in two for the Dodgers, who clubbed 11 hits, and led 4-0 after six innings.
Yasiel Puig tripled three times and doubled, drove in two runs and scored two runs in the Dodgers’ 8-1 smashing of the Giants on Friday, and Zack Greinke (12-6) toured seven scoreless innings with four hits, fanning 10 and walking one.
The Dodgers tied a club record with five triples set in 1902 and 1921, as Kemp (three hits and two RBIs), and Dee Gordon (three hits with two runs and an RBI) each chimed in with a three-base hit. It was the speedy Gordon’s big league-best 10th triple.
Dan Haren (8-8) was roughed up for five earned runs in five frames by the Pittsburgh Pirates in a 6-1 drilling at PNC Park on Wednesday.
Josh Harrison had two hits with two RBIs for the Bucs, while Kemp tallied an RBI for the Dodgers in the sixth.
The Pirates pushed around five pitchers in a 12-7 blasting of the Dodgers on Tuesday as Gregory Polanco (two hits and three runs) and Neil Walker (two runs and two hits) each drove in three runs.
Gonzalez singled, had a sacrifice fly, and added a two-run homer (15th), while A.J. Ellis singled in two runs and Kemp singled twice.
Ryu had a five-hitter over seven frames, and Kenley Jansen tossed a scoreless ninth inning for his 29th save as the Dodgers ripped the Pirates 5-2 on Monday.