Playing at a high level every other game during this six-game road trip, the Dodgers broke even after last Sunday afternoon’s 4-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies, as James Loney drove in two runs with a double in the sixth inning, and pitcher Clayton Kershaw (5-3) gave up four hits, two runs (both earned), striking out nine and walking four during his five-inning stint.
The outcome wasn’t as rosy on Saturday, as the Dodgers (28-22) were battered in an 11-3 loss as Miguel Olivo and Seth Smith each had three hits and drove in two, before taking Friday’s game 5-4, with Manny Ramirez hitting a two-run homer to right-center in the sixth. It was his third homer, and first-ever at Coors Field.
The Dodgers tallied four runs in the inning, with leadoff hitter Rafael Furcal adding a run with a grounder, and Russell Martin providing a run-scoring double.
Ramirez now has 549 home runs, standing in 14th place all-time, and Matt Kemp crashed a solo homer to center field in the fifth, his 10th of the season, trimming Colorado’s lead to 4-1.
The Rockies scored two runs in the first off Carlos Monasterios, who went five innings, allowing five hits, four runs (two earned), while striking out one and walking one.
Inexperience cost the Dodgers on Thursday, 1-0 losers to the Chicago Cubs, as right fielder Xavier Paul, playing for injured Andre Ethier, misplayed two balls.
The first came when Mike Fontenot drilled a ball down the right-field line and into the corner in the eighth inning. Paul was running hard on the play, and tried to glove it, but hit the wall, and the ball skipped past him for a triple. Fontenot scored when Tyler Colvin hit a ball over first base, and in the general area that Fontenot’s ball landed, and pulled into second, and advanced to third on the error.
Dodgers’ rookie pitcher John Ely hails from Chicago, and his day was spoiled after working seven-and-one-third innings. Ely walked two and fanned four, while giving up four hits and one run (earned).
Ted Lilly was masterful for the Cubs, surrendering three hits in seven innings, striking out five and walking three.
In the second game of the series, the Dodgers earned an 8-5 triumph, even though they were out-hit, 14-10.
Loney had three hits in five at-bats, and missed the cycle by a homer. Loney scored a run and drove in a run for the Dodgers, who scored three times in the first inning, and two in the next frame. Four innings later, the Dodgers added two runs, and were in front, 7-2.
Billingsley (6-2) continued his mound supremacy, notching his fourth consecutive win after going five-and-one-third innings, and allowing three runs (two earned). He fanned six and walked one.
Furcal’s two errors in his first game back from the disabled list proved too much in a 3-0 Chicago win on Tuesday.