After dropping a tough game the night before, the Los Angeles Dodgers sent Josh Beckett to the mound looking to take the series against the Chicago White Sox.
Beckett got off to a good start in the first, working around a two-out double by Jose Abreu to work a scoreless inning. In the bottom half, Dee Gordon led things off with a bunt single. Yasiel Puig followed with his own bunt attempt, but popped out to third. Gordon was then thrown out trying to steal second. Hanley Ramirez would walk and Adrian Gonzalez grounded out to end the inning.
A perfect inning by Beckett came in the second followed by another scoreless inning by the Dodger offense. The White Sox got on the board quickly in the third inning when Leury Garcia hit a home run to put them up 1-0. Beckett ended up any further damage. A Puig walk was the only form of offense for the Dodgers in the bottom half.
Adam Dunn then led off the next inning with another home run to give them a 2-0 lead. Beckett would go on to strike out the side to keep it at two. The Dodgers once again went down quietly in the fourth. Beckett worked around a double and a walk in the fifth, before the Dodgers went down in order.
In the sixth, Beckett allowed three hits but was able to keep them scoreless when Drew Butera threw out a runner at second. Offensively, the Dodgers went down in order once again. Brandon League came in to throw a perfect seventh inning, striking out one. Scott Van Slyke was hit by a pitch in the bottom half, but they were unable to capitalize.
Brian Wilson ended up facing the minimum in the eighth inning after an error by Ramirez was erased when Butera threw out Alexei Ramirez. Chone Figgins led off the inning with a fly out before Gordon hit one off the third baseman and ended up with a double. Danks would be removed for Zach Putnam. He would steal third with Puig at the plate. Puig ended up walking to put runners on the corners. White Sox manager Robin Ventura was ejected after arguing the final pitch. Ramirez then grounded into a force play to score Gordon and cut the deficit to 2-1. Scott Downs was then brought in to face Gonzalez and got him to ground out to short to end the inning.
Jamey Wright came in to throw the ninth and tossed a perfect inning to keep the Dodgers down by one heading into their final at-bat. Matt Kemp grounded out and Van Slyke struck out looking to start the bottom of the inning.
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