After a 9-1 start, the Dodgers visited Houston and Milwaukee where they split six games after winning two of three from the Astros at Minute Maid Park this past weekend.
Wandy Rodriguez handcuffed the Dodgers (12-4) on three hits over seven innings of Sunday’s 12-0 blanking, and Carlos Lee ripped a two-run homer to left field in the first, and Jordan Schafer’s grand slam to right in the second inning made it 6-0.
Jason Castro tripled and scored on Dee Gordon’s fielding error in the fourth inning for a 7-0 lead, and Castro’s run-scoring hit in the fifth pushed Houston’s lead to 10-0.
Chad Billingsley (2-1) was tagged for nine runs (five earned) in three and one-third innings with four hits, four walks and two strikeouts.
The Dodgers were 5-1 winners on Saturday as James Loney homered to right in the second inning, Matt Kemp lined his major league-leading ninth round tripper, a two-run smash to left-center in the sixth, and Andre Ethier’s two-run single to right in the eighth inning made it 5-0.
Clayton Kershaw (1-0) blanked Houston over seven innings, striking out nine with two walks and three hits.
Ted Lilly (2-0) tossed a six-inning, four-hit, one-run (earned), five-strikeout, six-walk outing on Friday as the Dodgers scored all their runs in the first three frames of a 3-1 victory.
The Dodgers opened a 2-0 lead on Kemp’s two-run blast in the first, and Ethier’s run-scoring base hit in the third inning made it 3-0.
Kemp homered and singled with two runs scored and had a run batted in during Thursday’s 4-3 triumph over the Brewers at Miller Park.
Ethier (single and double) scored and chipped in with an RBI, while Matt Treanor had a run-scoring triple for the Dodgers, who scored a run in the second, two in the third and one in the fifth.
Aaron Harang (1-1) went six effective innings and held Milwaukee to eight hits and three runs (earned) with one walk and four strikeouts.
Ryan Braun had a sacrifice fly, Mathew Gamel a run-scoring hit and Aramis Ramirez (two hits) a homer as the Brewers edged the Dodgers 3-2 on Wednesday.
The Dodgers led 1-0 in the first, Milwaukee tied it 1-1 in the second inning, and the Dodgers made it 2-1 with a run in the fifth.
Milwaukee pushed across two runs in the ninth inning for a 5-4 victory on Tuesday after the Dodgers forged a 4-3 lead on Ethier’s two-run homer to left-center in the eighth.
Ethier also doubled and scored two runs, while Loney singled, doubled and had an RBI.