Dodgers Rebound


One week removed from a 1-6 mark, the Dodgers bounced back with a 6-1 record after taking two of three games fromSeattleand winning four straight fromPhiladelphia.

Last Sunday’s 8-2 rout of the Mariners at Safeco Field was due in large measure to Andre Ethier’s grand slam to right field in the second inning, and Chad Billingsley (4-4), who tossed a two-hitter with eight strikeouts, three walks and one run (earned) in seven innings.

Dee Gordon and Tony Gwynn Jr. both added run-scoring singles in the second, and James Loney and Adam Kennedy each drove in a run with hits in the eighth.

Ethier’s homer was his 10th, and it gave him a National League-leading 52 runs batted in as the Dodgers (39-22) own the best record in the majors.

Jerry Hairston Jr. had five RBIs while supporting Clayton Kershaw (5-3), who scattered four hits over seven innings of Saturday’s 8-3 blitz ofSeattle.

Hairston doubled twice and lined a three-run blast in the first inning for the Blue Crew, who added two runs in the third for a 5-0 lead.

Kershaw fanned 12 with two walks, gave up three runs (earned), and lowered his earned-run average to 2.65.

Gordon, Elian Herrera, A.J. Ellis and Gwynn all had two hits, with Gordon scoring twice, Gwynn once, and Herrera once with an RBI.

Kevin Millwood no-hit the Dodgers over six innings with six strikeouts and one walk, while  five relief pitchers didn’t allow a hit over three frames as the Mariners held on for a 1-0 win on Friday.

Hairston had two hits and two RBIs, and Ethier rapped a two-run double during a four-run ninth as the Dodgers posted an 8-3 win over the host Phillies on Thursday.

Aaron Harang (5-3) gave up eight hits and three runs (earned) while whiffing three with one walk.

Chris Capuano (8-2) limited the Phillies to four hits, four runs (earned) with five strikeouts and one walk in five frames as the Dodgers escaped with a 6-5 victory on Wednesday.

The Dodgers pulled ahead 2-1 after four, and led 5-4 through eight before adding a run in the ninth for a 6-4 lead.

Loney (single and double) had an RBI with a run, while Gordon finished with two RBIs.

Herrera’s two-run double in the eighth inning clinched a 2-1 win over the Phils on Tuesday.

Gordon (two hits, one RBI and one run), Bobby Abreu (two hits with an RBI) and Kennedy (two hits with a run) pushed the Dodgers pastPhiladelphia4-3 on Monday.

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