Dodgers Toe Line
As the season approaches the All-Star break, the Dodgers remain atop the major-league standings with a 42-25 record after dividing six inter-league games at home this past week.
It should be noted the Dodgers have been without the services of pitcher Ted Lilly and Matt Kemp, the All-Star center fielder and last season’s runner-up in the National League Most Valuable Player voting, who strained his left hamstring on May 30.
After tyingChicago1-1 on Juan Rivera’s sacrifice fly in the ninth inning, Dee Gordon’s single in the 10th brought in Tony Gwynn Jr. (triple) as the Dodgers claimed a 2-1 win on Sunday.
Alejandro De Aza’s grounder in the fourth pushed the White Sox to a 5-4 victory on Saturday.
Chicagoexploded for three runs in the second on Alexei Ramirez’s two-run single and Philip Humber’s run-scoring hit.
The White Sox led 4-0 in the third on a run-producing triple from Alex Rios, but in the bottom of the third, Jerry Hairston Jr. had a sacrifice fly, and Bobby Abreu, A.J. Ellis and James Loney added run-scoring hits.
The Dodgers overcame another poor outing from the 2011 Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw on Friday, but rallied for a 7-6 win.
Kershaw’s earned-run average over his last four starts is 5.26 after allowing five runs (four earned) with seven strikeouts and two walks over six innings with eight hits, including homers to Adam Dunn (American League-leading 23rd) and Rios (two homers and a single), who had two runs batted in with two runs scored.
A five-run sixth gave the Dodgers a 6-5 lead, before Loney tallied the game-clincher in the eighth on a wild pitch.
Erick Aybar’s solo shot in the ninth off reliever Kenley Jansen helped the Angels to a 2-1 victory on Wednesday.
Andre Ethier’s hit in the first made it 1-0, but Alberto Callaspo countered with a solo homer in the second that knotted it at 1-1.
The Dodgers spotted the Angels a 2-1 lead through seven before scoring four times in the eighth that included Rivera’s three-run shot for a 5-2 decision on Tuesday.
Rivera had four RBIs with one run, and Ethier two hits with an RBI and a run.
Mike Trout finished with two RBIs and two runs, and Albert Pujols one RBI as they lifted the Angels past the Dodgers 3-2 on Monday.
Trout (homer and single) scored the game-winner on a hit by Pujols (two hits) in the ninth.