Dodgers Attempt Rally

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Perhaps this is what Dodgers’ General Manager Ned Colletti had in mind when he put this team together.

In likely their best overall effort, the Blue Crew cruised to an 8-0 win over Florida last Sunday at the Stadium as Clayton Kershaw went nine innings, and Rafael Furcal spear-headed a 17-hit attack, supplying three hits that included a two-run homer in the third inning.

Often injured with the Dodgers (24-30), Furcal — just off the disabled list — scored two runs and drove in three.

Casey Blake — also recently returned to action — had two hits and drove in two, Andre Ethier cracked three hits including a double with a run scored, and Jay Gibbons added three hits with one run tallied and one run batted in.

Kershaw (6-3) held the high-flying Marlins to two hits, striking out 10 with one walk.

The Dodgers claimed two of three from Florida (30-21), after winning one of three from Houston that concluded their most-recent road trip.

Greg Dobbs (three hits) and pinch-hitter Wes Helms each had two RBIs for the Marlins on Saturday as they posted a 6-1 victory.

Matt Kemp’s double in the third scored Hiroki Kuroda as the Dodgers were blanked the rest of the way.

Kuroda (5-5) was off the mark, lasting five and one-third innings while fanning two, walking one and allowing 10 hits and five runs (earned).

Dioner Navvaro’s bases-loaded pinch-hit single in the ninth was the answer for the Dodgers on Friday as they took a 3-2 decision over the Marlins.

James Loney’s homer in the second gave the Dodgers a 1-0 lead, and Ethier’s shot four frames later made it 2-1.

J.R. Towles singled in the ninth and lifted the Astros to a 2-1 win at Minute Maid Park on Wednesday, and Michael Bourn rapped a solo homer in the first off Ted Lilly, who worked six frames and allowed six hits and one run (earned).

Chad Billingsley (3-4) toiled six innings while striking out nine with three walks for the Dodgers, who set down the Astros 5-4 on Tuesday.

Billingsley gave up five hits and four runs (earned), and Gibbons, who also came off the disabled list, lashed a solo homer in the second inning, while rookie Jerry Sands smacked a grand slam in the third before Houston countered with a three-run third.

Hunter Pence’s game-winning single in the ninth against reliever Kenley Jansen pushed the Astros to a 4-3 come-from-behind triumph on Monday.

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