This past weekend at Petco Park, the Dodgers took three from the Padres, swept three from the host Arizona Diamondbacks, and are 20-17.
With Sunday’s 1-0 win behind pitcher Chad Billingsley, the Dodgers are poised to make a serious run.
The Dodgers managed two hits Sunday, and made them count. With one out in the sixth inning, Jamey Carroll drew a walk off pitcher Wade LeBlanc. He went to second on Billingsley’s sacrifice bunt, and scored when Russell Martin, who came in with a 10-game hitting streak, extended it with a line-drive to center that scored Carroll.
LeBlanc, who doesn’t throw hard, no-hit the Dodgers for five-and-one-third innings before Martin’s hit.
The day clearly belonged to Billingsley (4-2), who was lifted with one out in the eighth inning. His line was impressive: four hits, six strikeouts and one walk.
The night before, the Dodgers were 4-1 winners, as Clayton Kershaw (3-2) worked seven effective innings.
James Loney’s solo homer to right-center in the second tied it at 1-1. Three innings later, Carroll delivered a run-scoring single to right, and Martin added a base hit up the middle to make it 3-1.
Garret Anderson filled in for Andre Ethier, who broke the little finger on his right hand during batting practice, lined a run-scoring triple to right in the sixth inning that made it 4-1.
Kershaw started slowly, but picked up momentum. In seven innings, he fanned seven with two walks, allowed three hits, and one run (earned).
Matt Kemp’s two-run homer in the seventh Friday night was enough to push the Dodgers past the Padres 4-3, as the club climbed over .500 for the first time this season.
Martin singled and doubled and scored two runs, Kemp had two hits, two runs, and two runs batted in, and Ethier singled and doubled and drove in a run.
Two nights earlier, it was Manny Ramirez’s turn to pace the Dodgers, as he hit a three-run double in the seventh that lifted the Dodgers to a 6-3 win over the Diamondbacks.
Ethier contributed a two-run homer, and Hiroki Kuroda (4-1) pitched seven and one-third innings. He allowed six hits, with one walk, nine strikeouts, and three runs (two earned).
For some reason, Loney likes playing against the Diamondbacks, belting 14 hits in 29 at-bats.
On Tuesday, the Dodgers scored 10 runs in the final three innings during their 13-3 pasting of Arizona.
The beneficiary was rookie pitcher John Ely, who whiffed six in six innings, surrendering two runs (both earned) and six hits.
Loney had four hits and two RBI, Martin drove in three with two hits, and Ronnie Belliard had three RBI and two hits.
Ethier was the story during Monday’s 7-3 win, hitting two doubles and a single with two RBI.