Blue’s Big Stumble

Be thankful for little favors. The Dodgers (16-19) are as they concluded a three-game series in New York last Sunday with a 4-2 victory over the Mets as pitcher Clayton Kershaw and Andre Ethier raised their level of play.

The other two games at Citi Field were nothing to write home about, as they were outscored, 10-5.

Make no mistake, the left-handed Kershaw is their ace, and will be closely monitored.

In Kershaw’s most-recent stint, he went six and two-third innings, giving up six hits, one run (earned), while walking three and striking out eight.

Ethier, who had his 30-game batting streak halted the previous game, is hitting .371. He had two hits with one run scored, and two runs batted in on his seventh-inning homer to right.

Jamey Carroll knocked out three hits and scored a run for the Dodgers, who trailed 1-0 in the first, but rebounded and tied it in the third, before adding a solo run in the fourth.

The Blue Crew dropped a 4-2 decision on Saturday as Ethier went hitless in four at-bats.

Ethier fanned in his final at-bat in the eighth, managed a walk, but failed to tie the franchise mark of 31 games set by Willie Davis in 1969.

New York struck first with a two-run second, however, the Dodgers rallied and knotted it with a run in the fourth and a run in the sixth. Dionner Navarro slugged a solo homer, Aaron Miles had an RBI, and Carroll three hits with a run scored.

It was more of the same in the series opener as the Mets downed the Dodgers 6-3 on Friday as Jose Reyes doubled, tripled twice and scored two runs.

Ethier went three for five, while Rod Barajas homered, singled and scored a run.

The Dodgers closed their home stand by losing two of three to the Chicago Cubs, including Wednesday’s 5-1 tilt that saw Carlos Zambrano (4-1) work eight effective innings. The burly right-hander fanned four, walked one and allowed five hits and one run (earned).

Marlon Byrd crashed a three-run homer off losing pitcher Ted Lilly (2-3), and Geovany Soto added a solo smash.

Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton failed to do his job in the ninth on Tuesday as the club lost 4-1. The Cubs tallied two runs (earned) off Broxton (1-2), who blew the save after walking two in one-third of an inning.

Jerry Sands laced a two-run double to right-center that elevated the Dodgers to a 5-2 win on Monday. Kershaw, a Texan, went seven frames, allowed eight hits, two runs (earned), with four strikeouts and no walks.

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