Dodgers Find Stride

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Joe Garagiola played nine seasons in the big leagues, was a well-respected broadcaster, and also penned a book titled Baseball Is a Funny Game.

For about two weeks, the Dodgers (52-44) struggled to score runs and win, but this past week rebounded by snatching four of six, including a three-game series at Citi Field against the New York Mets, who smacked 16 hits, while the Dodgers totaled 14 in an 8-3, 12-inning victory last Sunday.

A grounder by Ike Davis in the ninth tied it at 3-3, before Matt Treanor’s two-out, two-run hit in the 12th gave the Dodgers a 5-3 lead, and Luis Cruz made it a three-run affair with a run batted in single, and Adam Kennedy’s two-run double to right put the cherry on top.

The Dodgers led 2-0 on Juan Rivera’s two-run homer in the fourth, and it swelled to 3-1 on Andre Ethier’s RBI single in the sixth.

New Yorkscored on Josh Thole’s RBI single in the fourth, and Daniel Murphy (four hits with a run) made it 3-2 with a run-scoring single in the seventh.New York’s David Wright added three hits and is batting .349.

Chris Capuano (10-5) traversed seven innings of Saturday’s 8-5 win over the Mets, striking out nine, walking one and allowing eight hits and three runs (earned).

Juan Uribe drove in four runs, had a two-run double in the three-run third, and contributed a two-run homer to left in the ninth. Matt Kemp had two hits, including a run-scoring triple in the fourth.

Aaron Harang (7-5) worked through five frames of a 7-6 triumph on Friday, allowing four hits and three runs (one earned).

Kemp’s two-run shot highlighted a three-run first off Johan Santana (6-7), who gave up seven hits and six runs (earned) in three innings, while Cruz hit a two-run shot in the third.

Clayton Kershaw’s five-hit, eight-inning, seven-strikeout, no-walk outing wasn’t enough to get the win against visitingPhiladelphiaon Wednesday.

The four-hour, 25-minute marathon was decided in the 12th on Kemp’s two-run homer as the Dodgers claimed a 5-3 triumph.

Everything was going swell until reliever Ronald Belisario (3-1) surrendered a two-run single to Hunter Pence in the eighth as the Phillies rallied for a 3-2 victory on Tuesday.

Chase Utley had an RBI in the first for the Phillies, but the Dodgers forged ahead 2-1 in the second as James Loney and Cruz each had run-scoring singles in the second.

Joe Blanton (8-8) tossed a six-hitter with two runs (earned), seven strikeouts and no walks over eight innings in a 3-2Philadelphiawin on Monday.

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