The Los Angeles Dodgers entered Tuesday’s game against the Chicago White Sox looking for their second straight win in the Interleague series. The game marked Yasiel Puig’s one-year anniversary of his MLB debut.
With one out in the first inning and a runner on second, Dan Haren allowed a two-run home run to Jose Abreu. The homer was Abreu’s second in the series and No. 17 on the season. As has been the case for much of the season, the Dodger bats were relatively quiet, leaving two runners on base in the bottom of the first.
Dee Gordon hit a sac-fly to get the Dodgers on the board in the second inning as they trailed the White Sox, 2-1. Abreu earned another RBI on a fielder’s choice in the top of the third to extend the White Sox’s lead to 3-1. The White Sox weren’t done, as they added to their lead with on solo home run by Tyler Flowers in the top of the fourth, making it 4-1.
Chone Figgins and Drew Butera both singled in the bottom of the fourth, but were left stranded as Haren hit a soft liner that White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham caught for the final out of the inning. Both teams would go relatively quiet until the seventh inning when the Dodgers had a glimmer of opportunity as White Sox reliever Jake Petricka walked Puig and Hanley Ramirez with two outs. Zach Putnam took over for Petricka and ended the threat by getting Adrian Gonzalez to fly out.
In his second inning of work, Paul Maholm retired the White Sox in order in the eighth inning. Butera reached on an infield single in the bottom of the eighth with two outs and Justin Turner, who pinch-hit for Maholm, walked. The Dodgers left more men on base however, as Gordon lined out to center.
Chris Perez pitched the ninth and issued a one-out walk, then got out of the inning by inducing a double play. Former Dodger Ronald Belisario took over for the White Sox in the bottom of the ninth and shut the door on the Dodgers, who lost 4-1.
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