Blue Downer


The Dodgers’ slide continued this past week as the third-place Blue Crew (23-22) fell five games behind first-place San Francisco in the National League West.

On Sunday, Dan Haren (5-2) yielded 10 hits, five runs (four earned), striking out three, walking none in six innings as Arizona cruised to a 5-3 win.

The Dodgers pulled in front 3-2 after three innings when Hanley Ramirez homered in the first inning, and Adrian Gonzalez (three hits) added a two-run bullet (10th) in the third.

Clayton Kershaw (2-1) lasted one and two-third innings, giving up seven earned runs with six hits, two walks and three strikeouts as the Diamondbacks waltzed to an 18-7 shelling on Saturday.

Arizona rapped out 21 hits as Paul Goldschmidt (two homers, double and single) drove in six runs and scored five runs.

Yasiel Puig drilled his ninth homer in the third, a two-run shot, Carl Crawford had a three-run bomb and pinch-hitter Andre Ethier a two-run double in the sixth.

Zack Greinke (7-1) limited Arizona to five hits in a 7-0 whitewash, fanning six while issuing two walks on Friday as Puig (three hits including a homer) had three runs batted in and scored two runs, Scott Van Slyke homered, and Matt Kemp added an RBI.

One-time Angel Jeff Mathis homered and singled, drove in three runs and scored two runs as visiting Miami walloped the Dodgers 13-3 on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Josh Beckett (1-1) secured his first victory since September 2012 when he beat Miami 7-1.

Beckett, a three-time All-Star and two-time World Series champion, toiled six and one-third frames, surrendering four hits, one unearned run, whiffing six and walking two.

Ramirez scored a run and drove in two runs with a double in the sixth, Puig (two hits) had an RBI with a run, and Crawford (two hits) scored a run.

Giancarlo Stanton (single and double) led the Marlins to a 6-5 triumph on Monday as he drove in two runs.

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