Blue Plugs Along
With the pressure off, the Dodgers (62-70) took five of six games this past week. The lone loss came in Sunday’s 7-6 contest to Colorado at the Stadium as Kevin Kouzmanoff drove in four runs with a three-run double in the first inning, and a run-scoring single in the fifth.
Troy Tulowitzki had a run batted in single in the first, and Seth Smith an RBI double in the fifth.
Justin Sellers had an RBI single in the first for the Dodgers, James Loney an RBI double in the third, Aaron Miles a run-scoring double in the seventh and Trent Oeltjen a run-scoring single in the same frame.
Saturday’s 7-6 victory by the Boys in Blue over the Rockies was decided in 11 innings when Matt Kemp flexed his muscles and deposited a home run (31st) into the right field pavilion. Kemp has 100 RBIs.
Loney’s solo shot in the ninth tied it at 6-6, and a five-hit, five-run sixth by the Dodgers gave them a 5-4 edge.
In the inning, Casey Blake (two hits) had a two-run double, and Juan Rivera an RBI single as did Jamey Carroll (two hits).
Tulowitzki nailed a pair of two-run homers, and Carlos Gonzalez (four hits and two runs) drove in two.
On Friday, the Dodgers creamed the Rockies, 6-1, as Loney (two hits and one run) and Sellers each had two RBIs, while Kemp mashed a solo homer and became only the second Dodger ever to blast 30 homers with 30 stolen bases in a season.
Ted Lilly (8-13) allowed one run (earned), struck out five with one walk and three hits in seven innings.
Hiroki Kuroda (10-14) scattered eight hits with three runs (earned), fanning four and walking one in the 9-4 win versus St. Louis at Busch Stadium on Wednesday.
The Dodgers pounded 13 hits off five Cardinals’ hurlers with Kemp (two hits and two runs) driving in two, Loney (three hits and one run) had an RBI, and Rivera (double and homer) had three RBIs.
A 14-hit attack on Tuesday pushed the Dodgers to a 13-2 pasting of the Red Birds as Sellers (single and two doubles) scored twice with an RBI, Carroll (three hits with a run), and Rod Barajas (homer, double and single) drove in four and scored two runs.
Clayton Kershaw (16-5) blanked the Cards over six innings, struck out eight, walked two and gave up six hits.
Miles had a run-scoring triple in the ninth, Barajas (two hits) added an RBI and Loney (three hits) were key during the Blue Crew’s 2-1 win over St. Louis on Monday.