Blue On Torrid Pace



Not even the greatest team in baseball history played at a .900 clip, so it’s unlikely the Dodgers will continue this pace after sweeping San Diego this past weekend at the stadium.

Dee Gordon’s two-out, bases-loaded single to left field in the ninth inning scored Juan Rivera (walk) and lifted the Blue Crew to a 5-4 win on Sunday, as they now own a six-game winning streak.

Matt Kemp continued his torrid start and hit .545 (12 of 22) with four homers and eight runs batted in with seven runs scored over this stretch.

Kemp was named National League player of the week, and may take the honor again after his impressive showing.

Kemp’s solo shot in the third inning was his sixth homer and gave the Dodgers (9-1) a 3-1 lead. In the frame, Rivera added an RBI single that plated Andre Ethier.

The Dodgers led 2-0 in the first on Ethier’s fielder’s choice and Rivera’s sacrifice fly.

Kemp bagged three hits including two homers and four RBIs with two runs during Saturday’s 6-1 victory over the Padres.

A four-run first afforded Ted Lilly, who made his season debut an early cushion as the left-hander worked seven innings with two hits, four strikeouts and one walk with one run (unearned).

The Dodgers scored twice in the second and James Loney doubled and singled with a run.

Aaron Harang fanned a team-record nine consecutive batters on Friday and broke the mark held by Johnny Podres in 1962 against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Harang whiffed 13 in six and one-third innings as the Dodgers outlasted San Diego 9-8 as Ethier (three RBIs) drew a bases-loaded walk in the ninth.

A three-run first was enough as the Boys in Blue held off the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday 3-2.

Juan Uribe, Rivera and Loney each had an RBI, and Chris Capuano (1-0) allowed two runs (earned) in five and one-third innings, while striking out seven with no walks and six hits.

On Wednesday, Rivera had three hits, two RBIs with a run, Kemp three hits with a run and Ethier two hits and an RBI as the Dodgers prevailed 4-1 over the Bucs.

Chad Billingsley (2-0) hopes to rebound after an average 2011, as he struck out four in six frames while giving up five hits with one run (earned).

Ethier’s solo homer to right field in the eighth inning was the difference in the Dodgers’ 2-1 win over the Pirates in the home opener on Tuesday.

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