Games Become Factor


Time is running out for the Dodgers (45-56) as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaches. What will the club do after taking two of three from visiting Washington?

Last Sunday, Chad Billingsley (9-8) settled down and delivered seven innings, striking out 10, walking two with two hits and one run (earned) as the Men in Blue prevailed 3-1.

Aaron Miles (.308) chipped in with a two-run single in the first, James Loney drove in a run with a fielder’s choice in the third, and Matt Kemp (.310) had two hits.

On Saturday, Rafael Furcal’s run-scoring two-base hit in the ninth carried the Dodgers to a 7-6 win over the Nationals.

Furcal (two hits with one run) saw the Dodgers fall into a 3-0 deficit in the first on Jayson Werth’s two-run double.

Kemp (two hits and one run) had a sacrifice fly in the first, Loney a run-scoring fly in the third, and pitcher Ted Lilly a two-run double in the same inning that narrowed Washington’s lead to 6-5.

Jerry Hairston Jr.’s grand slam in the ninth was the telling blow during the Nationals’ 7-2 blowout on Friday.

Pitcher John Lannan clubbed a two-run homer in the second off Hiroki Kuroda (6-12). The Dodgers scratched three hits and two runs (one earned) against Lannan (7-6) in six and one-third innings.

Pitching staff ace Clayton Kershaw fanned a season-best 12 and walked one over eight innings in Wednesday’s 1-0 victory over host San Francisco.

Kershaw went toe-to-toe with the Giants’ ace Tim Lincecum (8-8), who struck out seven with four walks, five hits and one run (earned) in seven innings.

Kershaw (11-4) gave up three singles, and Dioner Navarro’s homer in the seventh was enough offense.

Brandon Belt (two hits) including a homer had three runs batted in, and Pablo Sandoval (two hits) added an RBI single as the Giants triumphed 5-3 on Tuesday.

Madison Bumgarner (5-9) traversed eight innings, fanning seven with no walks, allowing four hits, three runs (earned) and had an RBI.

Ryan Vogelsong (7-1) was magnificent over six and two-third frames as San Francisco downed the Dodgers 5-0 on Monday.

The Giants led 1-0 on Sandoval’s solo shot in the fourth, and tacked on a four-run sixth when Cody Ross (one run and two hits) had a two-run double, UCLA-product Brandon Crawford an RBI single, and Nate Schierholtz a run-scoring hit.

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