On June 9th, the Dodgers (47-37) were nine and a half games behind first-place San Francisco in the National League West, but are even with the Giants after going 14-6 since including taking three of four games this past weekend from visiting St. Louis.
Clayton Kershaw (9-2) was clutch over seven innings, striking out 13, walking two and allowing five hits en route to a 6-0 shutout of the Cardinals on Sunday.
Andre Ethier had a three-run homer and Adrian Gonzalez (two hits and two runs) a run-producing single in the fifth inning, while Matt Kemp had a run-scoring hit, and Juan Uribe a scoring fly to make it 2-0 after four frames.
Zack Greinke (10-4) was supported by Dee Gordon, Yasiel Puig, Kemp, Ethier and A.J. Ellis during Saturday’s 9-1 pasting of the Red Birds, as the right-hander lasted seven innings, giving up four hits with 10 strikeouts and no walks with an earned run.
Gordon doubled twice and singled with a run scored and a run batted in, Kemp (two hits with an RBI), Ethier (two hits with an RBI and a run), Ellis (two hits with an RBI and a run), and Puig (two hits with two runs) led a 15-hit outburst that featured a six-run second inning.
The Cardinals topped the Blue Crew, 3-1, on Friday as Yadier Molina homered off Hyun-Jin Ryu (9-4) in the fourth inning, and Jhonny Peralta belted a two-run double in the fifth.
Josh Beckett didn’t get the decision, but held St. Louis to four hits in seven innings in a 1-0 win that was made possible on pinch-hitter Justin Turner’s RBI single in the eighth on Thursday.
Ellis was nicked with a pitch in the eighth which forced in a run as the Dodgers prevailed, 5-4, on Wednesday against host Kansas City.
Gordon tacked on four hits that included a triple, scored two runs and stole his 40th base, Puig doubled and tripled, scored a run and had an RBI, while Kemp clubbed a home run.
On Tuesday, Kershaw toured eight frames as the Dodgers blanked the Royals, 2-0, as the left-hander fanned eight, walked one and gave up six hits.
Gonzalez homered (13th) and singled, while Hanley Ramirez contributed a two-run double in a 5-3 setback to Kansas City on Monday.