Blue Haze


At least the Dodgers (33-31) capped last week with a 6-1, rain-shortened, five-and-a-half inning victory over Colorado at Coors Field last Sunday behind Clayton Kershaw (5-2), who went five innings, striking out nine, walking none, giving up three hits with one earned run.

Matt Kemp tripled in two runs in the first inning, Hanley Ramirez clouted a solo homer (10th) during a four-run sixth that included rookie Jamie Romak’s two-run double, which were his first runs batted in.

Tim Federowicz’s three-run smash in the seventh gave the Dodgers a 4-3 lead, but the Rockies tied it in the bottom of the frame and clinched it in the 10th inning, 5-4 on Saturday.

Dee Gordon was the offensive catalyst in Friday’s 7-2 blitz over Colorado as he banged two triples, a single with three RBIs and scored two runs.

Gordon opened the first with a triple and scored on Ramirez’s grounder. After Andre Ethier’s one-out single in the second, Drew Butera’s two-out double made it 2-0.

When Hyun-Jin Ryu doubled in the fifth, Gordon’s triple gave the Dodgers a 3-0 cushion, and he came around on a single by Ramirez (two hits and two RBIs) to make it 4-0.

In the sixth inning, Gordon’s hit plated Justin Turner (two singles and a run) and Butera (walk), while Kemp’s sacrifice fly in the ninth brought in Yasiel Puig, who singled.

Ryu (7-2) was charged with two earned runs in six innings, striking out two and walking two with eight hits.

John Danks (4-5) held the Dodgers to Gordon’s two hits in seven and one-third innings with one earned run as Chicago edged the Blue Crew, 2-1, on Wednesday at the Stadium.

Jose Abreu nailed a two-run homer (17th) and added another RBI (47th) in the White Sox’s 4-1 drubbing of the Dodgers on Tuesday.

The Dodgers took advantage of three Chicago errors and drilled the White Sox, 5-2, with all the runs coming in the sixth on Monday as Kershaw fanned nine with no walks, yielding four hits and two earned runs across eight frames.

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