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Dee's Walk-off Gives Dodgers' 9th Win
Posted Apr 15, 2012
Clayton Kershaw wasn't himself today, but luckily for him, Matt Kemp continued to put on a show at the plate and Dee Gordon came through in the clutch to give the Dodgers a 9-1 record to start 2012.
Los Angeles Dodgers
turned a bizarre triple play in the top of the ninth inning, then
singled home the winning run in the bottom half for a 5-4 win over the
San Diego Padres
on Sunday and a three-game sweep.
The Dodgers improved to 9-1, the best mark in the major leagues and equaling their best start ever in Los Angeles.
hit his fourth homer in three games as the Dodgers sent San Diego to its fourth loss in a row.
It was 4-all when the Dodgers turned their first triple play since June 13, 1998, against Colorado.
led off with a single against Javy Guerra (1-0) and
squared to bunt, but the pitch came high and tight and hit his bat as he backed away.
The ball landed in front of the plate and catcher
alertly picked it up and threw to third. Guzman, startled by what happened, didn't run to first base, which made it easy for third baseman
to relay to shortstop Gordon at second base. In turn, he threw to
to complete the triple play.
came out to argue with plate umpire and crew chief Dale Scott, who ejected him.
The Dodgers had the same situation in the bottom of the ninth with runners on first and second and nobody out, with Juan Uribe in a sacrifice situation against
(0-1). Uribe successfully got the bunt down and Ellis was intentionally walked to load the bases.
Jr. fouled out before Gordon slapped an 0-2 pitch to left field, setting off a celebration between first and second base. Gordon had struck out with the bases loaded to end the seventh.
The Dodgers gave
to a 4-1 lead. But
gave up a tying two-run single to pinch-hitter
in the sixth, leaving last year's NL Cy Young winner with his third no-decision in as many starts.
The Dodgers improved to 6-0 at home with their ninth straight win against San Diego at Dodger Stadium.
San Diego tied it at 4 with three runs in the sixth.
had a bases-loaded RBI single through the hole past Gordon to finish Kershaw, and Hermida hit a bases-loaded single.
Kershaw allowed four runs and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings, struck out three and walked three. The left-hander had allowed just one run in 10 innings of his first two starts.
gave up four runs and six hits in five innings. He struck out two and walked five.
: Padres C
snapped an 0-for-21 skid with a single in the third. His drought was the longest to start a season by a Padres non-pitcher since Ozzie Smith's club record 0-for-32 stretch in 1979. ... Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully returned to the booth after missing five days with a bad cold. ''I'm just going to give thanks that I'm here,'' the 84-year-old said. ...
Los Angeles Clippers
took his 2-year-old son to the youngster's first major league game.
Kemp's Blasts Give Dodgers' 5th Straight Win
Apr 15, 2012
Walk Off Walk Gives Dodgers 7th Win
Apr 13, 2012
Ethier and Kershaw Are Gold
Apr 10, 2012
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