James Loney isn’t a homer-run hitter, but is a run-producer. His two-run single to shallow center in the sixth inning scored Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier as the host Dodgers shut out Washington 2-0 last Sunday, capping a three-game series sweep.
Chris Capuano (3-0) threw a three-hitter over six and two-third innings for the Dodgers (16-6), and struck out nine with two walks.
Kemp’s 11th homer, a solo blast in the 10th inning gave the Dodgers a 4-3 win on Saturday over the Nationals, who scored two runs in the ninth when 19-year-old Bryce Harper, who made his big-league debut, lifted a scoring fly, and Wilson Ramos added a run-scoring single.
In the bottom of the ninth, Juan Uribe’s run-scoring, ground-rule double to left plated Mark Ellis. Uribe came around on a wild pitch that tied it at 3-3.
Clayton Kershaw (2-0) was masterful across eight innings of Friday’s 3-2 win over Washington as he allowed three hits, two runs (earned) with six strikeouts and one walk.
Kemp (two hits) scored two runs, and Ethier single with a homer (fifth), drove in two runs with one run scored as the Dodgers opened a 3-0 edge after five innings.
On Wednesday, closer Javy Guerra (1-3) was hit in the face by a batted ball and gave up five singles with three runs (earned) in the ninth as visiting Atlanta rallied for a 4-2 win.
Ted Lilly toiled seven innings and gave up one run (earned) with three hits before Guerra’s second blown save.
Dee Gordon’s run-scoring hit in the fifth knotted it at 1-1, and Kemp’s solo homer an inning later made it 2-1.
Dan Uggla (two hits) had two runs batted in for the Braves, and Chipper Jones, who announced this would be his final season, added an RBI, as did Jason Heyward.
Martin Prado’s run-scoring triple in the ninth brought in Tyler Pastornicky (three hits) that lifted Atlanta to a 4-3 triumph on Tuesday.
The Dodgers led 2-0 in the first on Juan Rivera’s home run, but Atlanta tied it with a two-run fifth that saw Jones drill a solo blast.
Mark Ellis had two hits with a run, Rivera two hits and a run, and A.J. Ellis and Jerry Hairston Jr., each chipped in with two hits.
Uribe had four hits with three RBIs and two runs as the Dodgers rolled to a 7-2 pasting of the Braves on Monday.
In seven frames, Capuano fanned five, walked four and gave up six hits with one run (earned).