With an opportunity to move into sole possession of first place in the National League West, the Los Angeles Dodgers began a three-game series with the Cleveland Indians Monday. For the Indians, it was their first visit to Dodger Stadium since 2008.
Both pitchers were sharp early, with Dan Haren not allowing a hit until the third inning. Following a David Murhphy walk and Corey Kluber sac-bunt, Michael Bourn hit a two-out infield single. Although Bourn reached safely, Miguel Rojas’ diving stop prevented Murphy from scoring.
Haren got out of the jam by getting Asdrubal Cabrera looking for the final out of the inning. The Dodgers would quietly in third and the game remained scoreless into the fourth. Adrian Gonzalez beat the shift in the bottom of the fourth with a single in the direction where a third baseman would normally be playing.
Kemp doubled past a diving Lonnie Chisenhall for a double that put runners on second and third with one out. Facing his first bit of trouble on the night, Kluber struck out Andre Ethier and got Juan Uribe to fly out.
Rojas made another impressive play in the fifth, this time backing up Uribe, who was unable to get to a ball hit to his left. Both the Dodgers and Indians would go without a hit in the inning as the pitcher’s duel continued.
Gonzalez hit a two-out double in the sixth but was stranded as Kemp grounded out to third. The same nearly held true in the seventh inning after Ethier’s leadoff triple. Kluber got Uribe to ground out and struck out A.J. Ellis. Hanley Ramirez pinch-hit for Miguel Rojas and was intentionally walked.
Clint Robinson then pinch-hit for Haren and worked a full count before singling up the middle to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. Kyle Crockett was then called on out of the bullpen and he ended the inning by getting Dee Gordon to pop up.
Brian Wilson retired the side in order in the eighth to extend the streak of consecutive Indians retired to 16. Kenley Jansen added to the Indians’ frustration in the ninth by sitting them down in order to earn the save as the Dodgers won, 1-0 and moved into first place in the NL West.
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