Slide Finally Ends


This has been an unproductive and forgettable week for the Dodgers (44-36), who slipped into second place in the National League West behind high-flyingSan Francisco(45-35), but ended a season-long, seven-game losing streak with an 8-3 win over visitingNew Yorklast Sunday.

A four-run seventh inning was the dagger as James Loney ripped a run-scoring double, Adam Kennedy a sacrifice fly, while Dee Gordon and A.J. Ellis scored when Juan Rivera reached on an error.

Loney’s run-scoring grounder in the sixth inning made it 4-3. After Gordon was safe on an error in the fifth, Juan Uribe came around, and Ellis added a scoring fly. The Dodgers tied it at 1-1 in the first on Rivera’s run-producing two-base hit.

Left-hander Clayton Kershaw (6-4) showed why he was named to yet another All-Star team as he waltzed through seven innings, giving up five hits, three runs (one earned) with nine strikeouts and three walks.

The Mets blasted the Dodgers 5-0 on Saturday as Ike Davis poked a three-run homer to right center in the sixth.

An inning earlier, Josh Thole’s sacrifice fly scored Daniel Murphy (double) for a 2-0 lead.

Murphy’s scoring fly in the first platedDavis(double) and gave the Mets a 1-0 edge.

Knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (12-1) scattered three hits over eight frames and Murphy drove in five runs in a 9-0 blitz on Friday.

Dickey dropped his earned-run average to 2.15, while fanning 10 and walking one.

David Wright drove in two runs as the Mets squeezed past the Dodgers 3-2 on Thursday.

A two-run fourth by the Blue Crew halted a 33-inning scoring drought, but it wasn’t enough.

Giants’ right-hander Tim Lincecum (3-8) had been struggling, but he pushed through seven shutout innings, allowing four hits with eight strikeouts and two walks in Wednesday’s 3-0 victory atAT&TPark.

Angel Pagan had two runs batted in, Melky Cabrera an RBI, and UCLA product Brandon Crawford added two singles with a triple for the Giants.

Ryan Vogelsong (7-3) bested Kershaw inSan Francisco’s 2-0 triumph on Tuesday as Cabrera and Pablo Sandoval each drove in a run.

Vogelsong surrendered seven hits in seven innings, while Kershaw was touched for eight hits, two runs (earned), with two walks and eight strikeouts.

Sandoval (three hits) and Pagan (two hits) combined for five RBIs and three runs scored as the Giants romped to an 8-0 win on Monday.

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