Blue Avoids Sweep


This isn’t exactly how the Dodgers (55-45) envisioned starting the second half, but at least they weren’t swept by St. Louis at Busch Stadium this past weekend.

With the Miami Marlins’ 3-2 win over San Francisco, the Blue Crew and Giants both sit atop the National League West tied for first place.

The Dodgers salvaged Sunday’s game, 4-3, behind Adrian Gonzalez’s two-out, game-winning single in the ninth inning.

A.J. Ellis led off with a double to right-center field, and was replaced by pinch-runner Miguel Rojas, who scored the go-ahead run.

Gonzalez, who leads the team with 61 runs batted in and 14 home runs, has been struggling.

“I haven’t been hitting well lately,’’ said Gonzalez, who is batting .250, and had one hit in five at-bats. “That was a big hit and a big win for us. We really needed this.”

Clayton Kershaw, coming off a scoreless inning with a strikeout and no hits in the NL’s 5-3 loss to the American League in the All-Star Game, worked seven innings, allowed three earned runs and three hits with eight strikeouts and one walk.

Pacing the Dodgers’ 11-hit splurge was Juan Uribe (three hits), Matt Kemp (two hits), and Andre Ethier (two hits with a run), as each had an RBI. Dee Gordon, who pinch-ran and scored a run in the All-Star classic, also had two hits.

The Cardinals tallied four runs in the first inning off Zack Greinke, who lasted five and two-third innings in Saturday’s 4-2 setback.

Greinke (11-6), who tossed a scoreless inning with two strikeouts and no hits in the All-Star match, gave up six hits, four earned runs, five walks with three strikeouts.

Matt Carpenter walked, Kolten Wong (two hits) singled and second baseman Gordon committed a throwing error that sent the runners to second and third.

Matt Holliday added a two-run single, and Matt Adams ripped a two-run homer (12th) to right field that made it 4-0.

Lance Lynn (11-6) bested the Dodgers, 3-2, on Friday as he fanned nine, walked four, surrendered four hits and two earned runs, while Holliday doubled and homered and had three RBIs.

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