Can a win before taking the road salvage an average week? Maybe, but the Dodgers (35-44) are still seeking a prolonged winning streak after rallying for a 3-2 inter-league victory over the Angels last Sunday at the Stadium.
Tony Gwynn Jr., who had three hits and two runs batted in, laced a single to right in the ninth inning that pushed across the game-winner, and Clayton Kershaw went the distance while striking out 11 and walking none.
Aaron Miles lofted a sacrifice fly that scored Dee Gordon with the tying run. This will be debated because replays showed catcher Jeff Mathis blocking his path and Gordon never touching the plate.
Kershaw (8-3) was reached for six hits and two runs (earned), while his Angels’ counterpart Jered Weaver worked seven innings with no decision, as he gave up seven hits, one run (earned) with four strikeouts and one walk.
The Dodgers fell behind and never recovered as they lost 6-1 to the Angels on Saturday.
Vernon Wells roped a three-run homer in the eighth, and Mark Trumbo smacked a solo shot in the fourth to support Tyler Chatwood (5-4), who whiffed five with three walks and four hits in seven innings.
A.J. Ellis walked with the bases loaded in the fifth, and James Loney and Miles each had two hits.
Dan Haren (7-5) scattered 10 hits with three strikeouts, one walk and three runs (earned) over six innings in an Angels’ 8-3 triumph on Friday.
At the plate, Erick Aybar (three hits with a homer) scored two and drove in two.
The Dodgers took a 2-0 lead in the first when Matt Kemp clouted his 21st homer.
Rubby De La Rosa (3-2) allowed nine hits, five runs (earned) and fanned six with four walks in six frames.
Miguel Cabrera and Magglio Ordonez blasted homers and had two RBIs in Detroit’s 7-5 win on Wednesday as Ted Lilly (5-7) was battered for six runs (earned) in four and two-third innings.
Chad Billingsley (6-6) was sharp during Tuesday’s 6-1 win against the Tigers. In five and one-third innings, he struck out six, walked two, with six hits and one run (earned).
Andre Ethier hit a two-run homer and Miles (two hits) scored twice.
Kershaw tossed a two-hit, complete-game 4-0 shutout with 11 strikeouts and one walk against Detroit on Monday, and Juan Uribe (single and homer) along with Loney (three hits) supplied the offensive punch.