The Los Angeles Dodgers entered Sunday’s game with the best record in the National League. Before they completed their game, the Milwaukee Brewers had won, which pulled them even with the Dodgers in the standings.
Hyun-Jin Ryu and Tyson Ross were both sharp as offense was hard to come by. Dee Gordon singled in the sixth inning, then stole second base on a pitch out and scored on Yasiel Puig’s RBI single.
Brandon League and J.P. Howell combined for two innings of scoreless relief and the ball was then handed to Kenley Jansen in the ninth. Heading into the four-game series with the San Diego Padres the Dodger closer had appeared in just one July game.
Sunday marked Jansen’s third consecutive day of work. The power right-hander retired the first batter he faced, then walked Carlos Quentin. Yasmani Grandal followed with a single that put runners on the corners with one out.
Jansen regathered himself and struck out the next two batters, including a pinch-hitting Seth Smith to close out the game. The save was Jansen’s 27th on the season to go with a 3.49 ERA and 1.27 WHIP.
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