A buzzsaw that is the Dodgers (61-49) continued on their merry way, winning five of six games this past week including a four-game sweep of Chicago at Wrigley Field, and have built a five and a half game advantage over Arizona in the National League West.
At the core of Sunday’s 1-0 win over the Cubs was A.J. Ellis’ run-scoring single in the second inning that plated Hanley Ramirez, who walked.
Meanwhile, Stephen Fife (4-3) went five and one-third scoreless innings, striking out five, walking two while giving up seven hits.
Kenley Jansen recorded his 17th save. “I’m definitely more aggressive now,’’ said Jansen, who fanned the side in the ninth. “I start at the plate and expand the zone.”
Chris Capuano (4-6) tamed the Cubs on six hits during Saturday’s 3-0 victory that established a franchise record 13 straight road victories, as he blanked Chicago over six and one-third innings, striking out five, and walking one.
Carl Crawford (three hits) had a two-run single in the sixth. Three innings earlier, Yasiel Puig had a one-out bunt single, Andre Ethier’s two-out hit moved Puig to third, and Jerry Hairston Jr. drove him in with a single.
Hyun-Jin Ryu (10-3) wasn’t at his best on Friday when the Dodgers claimed a 6-2 decision, as he gave up 11 hits in five and one-third innings, allowing two runs (earned), whiffing six and walking none.
Nick Punto (two hits) had two runs batted in with a run, Adrian Gonzalez (two hits) scored a run, and Puig (two hits) had an RBI with a run tallied.
Ricky Nolasco (7-9) walked one, fanned six, surrendered four hits and three runs (earned) in five frames as the Blue Crew edged the Cubs 6-4 on Thursday.
Puig, Gonzalez, and Scott Van Slyke all finished with two hits, Puig had an RBI with two runs, Gonzalez an RBI and a run, and pinch-hitter Hairston singled in two and scored a run.
New York scored all of its runs in the ninth inning which translated into a 3-0 triumph over the Dodgers on Wednesday at the Stadium.
Pinch-hitter Lyle Overbay had a run-scoring single in the frame, and an error led to two more runs for the Yankees.
Mark Ellis’ two-out hit in the ninth gave the Dodgers a 3-2 win over New York on Tuesday, while Ramirez (two hits) and Juan Uribe each had an RBI.