It Could Happen


There’s a chance the Dodgers (52-61) could secure a playoff spot. It’s remote given that they’re 10 games behind San Francisco in the National League West.

Last Sunday’s 4-3 setback to host Arizona hurt as Kelly Johnson hit a two-run homer in the first inning, and Cody Ransom creamed a two-run blast in the seventh off Clayton Kershaw.

James Loney’s solo homer in the fifth, Andre Ethier’s run-scoring double and Juan Rivera’s run batted in during the sixth wasn’t enough.

Kershaw (13-5) struck out seven, walked three with five hits and four runs (earned) in six and one-third innings, while Ian Kennedy (14-3) toiled seven innings allowing six hits and three runs (earned).

On Saturday, the Blue Crew downed the Diamondbacks, 5-3, as Rod Barajas (three hits) had two RBIs, Ethier two hits with an RBI and a run that supported Nathan Eovaldi, who made his major-league debut.

Eovaldi went five innings, struck out seven with two walks, and gave up two runs (earned).

Casey Blake’s three hits and Chad Billingsley (10-9) tossing a seven-hitter with three runs (earned) across six innings turned the trick as the Dodgers held on for a 7-4 win versus Arizona on Friday.

Barajas doubled, homered (10th) and had three RBIs for the Dodgers, who scored six in the third. Ethier (two hits) drove in one with a run scored.

Tim Stauffer (7-8) surrendered six hits and blanked the Dodgers over six and one-third frames of Wednesday’s 3-0 victory by San Diego at Petco Park.

Jason Bartlett scored twice and had three hits (solo homer) for the Padres, who tallied single runs in their final three innings.

Hiroki Kuroda (7-13) was effective in seven frames as the Dodgers blanked the Padres 1-0 on Tuesday.

Kuroda’s earned-run average is one of the NL’s best (2.96), and allowed four hits with two walks and eight strikeouts.

Matt Kemp (two hits) had an RBI single in the fourth that plated Dee Gordon (two hits).

Kershaw tossed 108 pitches in Monday’s 6-2 complete-game win and held the Padres to six hits with four strikeouts, two walks and two runs (earned).

Kershaw gave up solo runs in the first and seventh, but the Dodgers countered with single runs in the second and fourth, and two in the fifth and eighth.

Blake (two hits) had an RBI, Kemp doubled and tripled, scored two runs with an RBI, Barajas (two hits) had an RBI, and Jamey Carroll (two hits) scored a run.

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