After hitting a season-low 12 games under .500 just five days before, the Los Angeles Dodgers completed a three-game sweep of the San Francisco Giants and ran their winning streak to five games. They beat the San Diego Padres in the final two games of the previous series before returning home to take three from their division rivals.
Clayton Kershaw was the last pitcher to lose a game for the Dodgers but came back strong with eight innings of two-run ball to lead the team to a 4-2 victory. He gave up just four hits and struck out seven to lower his season ERA to 2.08 and earn his sixth win of the season.
The Dodger offense had 10 hits and scored four runs off Giants’ starter Tim Lincecum, chasing him after just 5.1 innings of work. The game was scoreless until the bottom of the third when Mark Ellis and Adrian Gonzalez hit a pair of singles to bring up shortstop Hanley Ramirez. He would hit an RBI single to open the scoring for the Dodgers. Giants’ catcher Buster Posey gave the Giants a 2-1 lead with a two-run home run in the top of the fourth. The Dodgers then took over in the bottom of the sixth with an RBI single by Andre Ethier, an RBI double by A.J. Ellis and a wild pitch to score Ellis from third.
That would be all the Dodgers needed, as Kershaw allowed just one hit after Posey’s home run. Closer Kenley Jansen came in after Kershaw allowed a leadoff single in the ninth. He allowed Posey to hit a single before striking out Hunter Pence and Pablo Sandoval. Jansen then got Brandon Crawford to pop out to end the game and give the Dodgers the sweep.
The win brought the Dodgers within 2.5 games of the fourth-place Giants and improved their record to 35-42. The team was set to welcome the Philadelphia Phillies for a four-game set.
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