Blue Labors Through Week

There have been games in which the Dodgers seem as though they’re playing in quicksand. The three-game series with San Francisco filled this description, but their four-game set with New York was the polar opposite.

Russell Martin’s two-out double in the eighth inning last Sunday afternoon at Chavez Ravine was just enough offense, as the Dodgers (53-46) pulled out a dramatic 1-0 win over the struggling Mets, as pitcher Clayton Kershaw picked up his 10th win. James Loney’s solo home run in the 13th inning lifted the club to a stirring 3-2 victory on Saturday. Xavier Paul and Brad Ausmus also drove in a run.

New York pitcher Johan Santana held a one-run lead Friday, and was the beneficiary of a four-run eighth, as the Mets cruised to a 6-1 triumph.

Santana (8-5), a former Cy Young winner, was masterful over seven innings, limiting the Dodgers to five hits, one run (earned), striking out four and walking one.

Jamey Carroll drove in the Dodgers’ only run in the fifth inning when he plated Martin, who doubled.

Santana’s counterpart was Vicente Padilla, who also went seven innings, allowing six hits, two runs (one earned), striking out six and walking none.

Jason Bay singled and doubled for New York, and drove in three runs, while Ike Davis hit a solo homer.

Hiroki Kuroda (8-8) blanked the Mets across eight innings, as the Dodgers prevailed 2-0, on Thursday.

Matt Kemp drove in both runs. Kemp’s double to right in the first inning made it 1-0, and his 17th homer, a solo blast to left field in the seventh, gave the Dodgers a two-run lead.

On Wednesday, Chad Billingsley (8-5) tossed a complete-game shutout as the Dodgers took the finale, 2-0, from the Giants. The big right-hander held San Francisco to five hits, walking two and fanning three.

Casey Blake had two hits and knocked in both runs, which came in the second and eighth innings. Blake connected on his 10th homer, and he scored a run.

It was billed as a pitchers’ duel between Kershaw and Tim Lincecum. It wasn’t, as the pair allowed nine runs, with San Francisco rallying for three runs in the ninth on Andres Torres’ two-run double to left, and rookie Buster Posey’s run-scoring single to right, and claimed a 7-5 win.

Lincecum, a two-time Cy Young winner, went four and two-third innings, giving up five runs (earned), seven hits, while striking out two and walking three.

Kershaw was better, working six innings, whiffing six, walking two, allowing four hits and four runs (two earned).

The Dodgers led 3-0 after an inning, and 5-1 through three innings, with Andre Ethier smashing his 16th home run, driving in two and scoring twice.

San Francisco took the series opener, 5-2, on Monday, as Pablo Sandoval singled, and then doubled in the third inning to make it 2-0, and Nate Schierholtz belted a two-run homer in the fourth that made it 4-0.

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