Final Score: 9-6, Dodgers
The Los Angeles Dodgers played Sunday Night Baseball against the St. Louis Cardinals in a rubber match after the Cards had taken the first game, and the Dodgers the second. Scott Kazmir was on the mound Sunday, looking for a quality start and his 9th win. Kazmir got off to a rough start but settled down going on to pitch five innings.
Luckily, the Dodgers had some killer offense in the first two innings because the bullpen made the game interesting for L.A. after getting way out ahead early. Adam Liberatore got his scoreless inning streak snapped by allowing one hit and two walks all of which scored. Kenley Jansen, however, was able to close out the game and get the save for a Dodgers victory.
The offense in the beginning of this game was spot on. The Cardinals had a rookie pitcher going and the Dodgers jumped all over him early. The first five batters reached base against him and Adrian Gonzalez hit a grand slam to center field. Howie Kendrick added a homer of his own and has now hit in 16 straight games.
Adrian Gonzalez 4 (51)
Scott Kazmir 2 (2)
Howie Kendrick 2 (24)
Dodgers Home Runs
Adrian Gonzalez 1 (9)
Howie Kendrick 1 (6)
Scoring big early seems to be helping the Dodgers get some much-needed wins. With the San Francisco Giants losing Sunday the Dodgers are now only three games out of first place in the NL west. The heart of the order seems to be getting hot at the right time as Gonzalez and Justin Turner have homered in back-to-back games and Kendrick’s bat has been being on fire.
The Dodgers had the day off Monday as they traveled back to Los Angeles to prepare to host the Tampa Bay Rays and Arizona Diamondbacks.
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