Blue’s Rugged Week


The Dodgers’ rocky season continued this past weekend at the Stadium as St. Louis snatched two of three games.

In Sunday’s 5-3 loss, Clayton Kershaw (5-3) lasted seven innings, giving up four runs (earned) with seven hits, five strikeouts and three walks for the Blue Crew (20-28).

Adrian Gonzalez drilled a first-inning, two-run homer, then followed that with a run batted in single in the fifth, while Carl Crawford chipped in with three hits and a run.

Among Pete Kozma’s four hits was a three-run double in the second inning for the Cardinals (32-17), who have the best record in the majors.

Gonzalez (three hits) drove in three runs and scored a run as the Dodgers won, 5-3, on Saturday.

After Yadier Molina’s run-scoring double in the first, Gonzalez countered with a run-scoring double in the home half of the inning, added a run-producing hit in the third, and a solo homer in the fifth.

David Freese’s RBI double and Kozma’s RBI single in the sixth tied it at 3-3, but Mark Ellis responded with a run-scoring double in the sixth, and Juan Uribe an RBI double in the eighth.

Lance Lynn (7-1) struck out nine with one walk and two hits over six innings as the Red Birds took a 7-0 decision on Friday.

Allen Craig doubled and homered with three RBIs, while Freese also homered and doubled with three RBIs, and each scored a run.

The Dodgers posted a 9-2 win on Wednesday at Milwaukee’s Miller Park as Hyun-Jin Ryu (5-2) traversed seven and one-third innings, walking two, fanning four and allowing six hits with two runs (earned).

Scott Van Slyke (two hits) drove in a pair and scored a run, Crawford (two hits) had two RBIs with two runs, and Ramon Hernandez (two hits) scored two runs and had an RBI for the Dodgers, who forged a 7-0 lead after three innings.

Zack Greinke (2-1) was roughed up for nine hits and five runs (earned) in four innings as the Brewers fashioned a 5-2 victory on Tuesday.

Carlos Gomez doubled in two runs, Jonathan Lucroy (three hits) added an RBI and a run, and Aramis Ramirez (two hits) scored a run.

Kershaw tossed a complete-game and allowed three hits, one run (earned), whiffing five and walking one as the visitors bounced Milwaukee, 3-1, on Monday.

Andre Ethier, who scored a run, tripled and homered which produced two RBIs, while Matt Kemp, who scored two runs, wacked a solo homer.

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