Peering Forward


Coming off a three-city, nine-game road trip in which the Dodgers (32-42) went 4-5, there is a ray of hope they’ll escape the cellar of the National League West after splitting two of four games with San Diego this past weekend.

The Dodgers scored two runs in the ninth inning on solo homers from Adrian Gonzalez (10th) and Hanley Ramirez, and held on for a 3-1 win Sunday at Petco Park behind Kenley Jansen, who earned his fourth save after striking out two without a walk, and allowing one hit in an inning of work.

It became 1-0 with a run in the seventh as Gonzalez doubled, and Juan Uribe’s two-out double drove him in.

“This was a good game,’’ said Uribe. “We have to start winning. I’m trying to do my best and help the team win.”

Ramirez’s solo blast in the seventh inning traveled 413 feet into the top balcony of the Western Metal Supply Company building down the left-field line, catapulting the Dodgers to a 6-1 victory on Saturday as Zack Greinke (4-2) allowed four hits and one run (earned) with eight strikeouts and one walk in eight innings.

Gonzalez lifted a solo shot in the sixth, A.J. Ellis reached on an error which plated two runs, and Skip Schumaker’s run-scoring hit made it 5-0. Schumaker’s fielder’s choice in the fifth made it 1-0.

Chris Denorfia (single and homer) drove in two runs and scored two runs, while Chase Headley had two runs batted in during the Padres’ 5-2 win on Friday.

Clayton Kershaw (5-5) was tagged for four runs (earned) in six innings, fanning seven and walking one with seven hits.

Yasiel Puig homered for the Dodgers, who fell to San Diego, 6-3, on Thursday, but Pedro Ciriaco (two hits) had three RBIs with two runs scored for the Padres.

The Dodgers have never faced the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium during the regular season until Wednesday when they divided a day-night doubleheader.

The Dodgers took the night-cap 6-0 behind Chris Capuano (2-4), who surrendered three hits in six innings.

Puig (homer and single) scored three runs and drove in a run, while Gonzalez (three hits) scored a run and had an RBI.

In the opener, one-time Dodger Hiroki Kuroda (7-5) held the Blue Crew to eight hits and two runs (earned) over six and two-third innings in a 6-4 triumph.

Ichiro Suzuki lined a homer and singled twice for the Yanks, who led 2-0 after two innings, and then added three runs in the seventh.

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