Dodgers Attempt Rally

Perhaps this is what Dodgers’ General Manager Ned Colletti had in mind when he put this team together.

In likely their best overall effort, the Blue Crew cruised to an 8-0 win over Florida last Sunday at the Stadium as Clayton Kershaw went nine innings, and Rafael Furcal spear-headed a 17-hit attack, supplying three hits that included a two-run homer in the third inning.

Often injured with the Dodgers (24-30), Furcal — just off the disabled list — scored two runs and drove in three.

Casey Blake — also recently returned to action — had two hits and drove in two, Andre Ethier cracked three hits including a double with a run scored, and Jay Gibbons added three hits with one run tallied and one run batted in.

Kershaw (6-3) held the high-flying Marlins to two hits, striking out 10 with one walk.

The Dodgers claimed two of three from Florida (30-21), after winning one of three from Houston that concluded their most-recent road trip.

Greg Dobbs (three hits) and pinch-hitter Wes Helms each had two RBIs for the Marlins on Saturday as they posted a 6-1 victory.

Matt Kemp’s double in the third scored Hiroki Kuroda as the Dodgers were blanked the rest of the way.

Kuroda (5-5) was off the mark, lasting five and one-third innings while fanning two, walking one and allowing 10 hits and five runs (earned).

Dioner Navvaro’s bases-loaded pinch-hit single in the ninth was the answer for the Dodgers on Friday as they took a 3-2 decision over the Marlins.

James Loney’s homer in the second gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead, and Ethier’s shot four frames later made it 2-1.

J.R. Towles singled in the ninth and lifted the Astros to a 2-1 win at Minute Maid Park on Wednesday, and Michael Bourn rapped a solo homer in the first off Ted Lilly, who worked six frames and allowed six hits and one run (earned).

Chad Billingsley (3-4) toiled six innings while striking out nine with three walks for the Dodgers, who set down the Astros 5-4 on Tuesday.

Billingsley gave up five hits and four runs (earned), and Gibbons, who also came off the disabled list, lashed a solo homer in the second inning, while rookie Jerry Sands smacked a grand slam in the third before Houston countered with a three-run third.

Hunter Pence’s game-winning single in the ninth against reliever Kenley Jansen pushed the Astros to a 4-3 come-from-behind triumph on Monday.

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