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July 29, 2009

Wainwright, Cards Shut Out Dodgers

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The Dodgers took their second straight loss to the Cardinals in 0-10 loss on Tuesday.

Chad Billingsley started off well, shutting out the Cards for the first five frames. He ran into trouble in the sixth, though, being tagged for all six runs that inning. He allowed just one hit through the first five innings, and then issued four walks (two intentional) and three hits in the sixth to allow six runs to score. Claudio Vargas came on and allowed one run to score before closing out the inning. Leach also gave up a two-run homerun in the eighth to cap off the Cardinals offensive run.

Adam Wainwright allowed eight hits through his eight innings of work, but allowed no runs in the shutout. The Dodgers stranded nine runners, and the heart of the order, 3-4-5 hitters, went 1 for 11 with two K’s.

Clayton Kershaw will take the mound on Wednesday in hopes of avoiding the Dodgers’ way to a sweep. Kershaw hasn’t seen a loss since June 10th. He will face Joel Pineiro, who is 9-9 with a 2.95 ERA and is 4-4 at Busch Stadium.

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July 28, 2009

Dodgers Fall to Cards Despite Wolf’s Solid Start

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The Dodgers fell to the Cardinals in Monday’s opener, 1-6, despite a two-run performance by Randy Wolf.

Wolf allowed a run in each the first and second innings, but shut out the Cards after that until he was lifted after the sixth inning.  He ended up taking the loss as he left with a one-run deficit. James McDonald came in and gave up a leadoff homerun and was also tagged for two more runs after Casey Blake’s throwing error. Leach and Mota were also tagged for a run apiece that inning. Hong-Chih Kuo was maybe the only good story of the bullpen, having a 1-2-3 inning in his first outing since April 29 after coming off the DL.

The Dodgers had 11 hits, at least one per inning, and at least one per batter. They went 1 for 9 with RISP, though, and grounded into four double plays. Rafael Furcal knocked in Matt Kemp in the third for the Dodgers’ lone run.

Chad Billingsley looks to get the Dodgers back to their winning ways, and will face Adam Wainwright on Tuesday night. Billingsley is now in double-digit wins and Wainwright is 11-6with a 2.95 ERA, with that ERA slimmed down because of his 1.57 ERA in July alone.

July 27, 2009

Dodgers Fall Short in Rubber Match Loss

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The Dodgers managed to cut a Marlins eight run lead to two, but they fell short in the rubber match to take the series loss.

Jason Schmidt suffered the loss, giving up five runs (four earned) on five hits before being lifted in the fourth. He allowed a run in the second and three runs in the third, and was lifted for Jeff Weaver when Schmidt gave up a leadoff homer in the fourth. Weaver didn’t fare much better, giving up three more runs in his three innings of work. Claudio Vargas and Ramon Troncoso tossed the final three innings.

Chris Volstad blanked the Dodgers until the sixth, when they began a rally for four runs, keyed by Russell Martin with a two-run shot. The Dodgers rallied again for two runs in the ninth, but fell short when Matt Kemp popped out to end the game. Hudson, Ethier, Loney, and Kemp all had multi-hit games for the Dodgers, with a combined five RBIs.

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The Dodgers head to St. Louis to take on the Cardinals in a four-game series. Randy Wolf will make the start Monday, looking to pick up his sixth win. He is 3-4 with a 3.70 ERA in nine career starts against the Cards. He will face Chris Carpenter, who is 8-3 this year and has a posted a slim 1.86 ERA in his July starts.

July 26, 2009

Blake Gets Walk-Off RBI Single for Win

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The Dodgers scored two in the sixth to tie the game at 3-3 and Casey Blake helped the Dodgers get the win with an RBI walk-off single in the ninth.

Hiroki Kuroda had a solid outing, holding the Marlins to two earned on six hits while striking out nine. Mota then tossed two perfect innings and Broxton picked up the save with a 1-2-3 ninth.

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The Dodgers scored one in the first to tie it 1-1 and tied it again in the sixth with two more runs. Blake drove an RBI-single  to score Rafael Furcal, who had got on base with a bunt single. Furcal ended up 2 for 5 with two runs, and Andre Ethier and Orlando Hudson each had three hits.

Jason Schmidt will take the mound in Sunday’s rubber match and will face Chris Volstad. Schmidt picked up a win in his last outing, his first start in over two years. Volstad is 7-9 with a 4.34 ERA.

July 25, 2009

Marlins Come Back in Late Innings to Beat Dodgers

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The Dodgers snapped their five-game win streak as the Marlins rallied in late innings to beat the Dodgers 6-3 on Friday.

Clayton Kershaw held the Marlins scoreless until the fifth when he allowed a run to tie the game at 1-1. Kershaw then had two outs in the sixth but allowed two consecutive singles followed by a wild pitch which allowed the go-ahead run to cross the plate. He gave up one more run before the inning was over, and left with six in the books, two earned runs on nine hits with six K’s. James McDonald was tagged for the loss when he allowed a run to score in the seventh. Ramon Troncoso came on for the eighth and gave up a leadoff solo homerun and another run before Claudio Vargas relieved him.

The Dodgers only scored one off Josh Johnson in his first five innings. Andre Ethier tied it up in the sixth with a two-RBI double, one of his three hits on the night, accounting for half of the Dodgers’ total hits.

Hiroki Kuroda takes the mound and looks to even up the series. He will face Rick VandenHurk, who was just called up from Triple-A and posted a win in his first big league start of 2009.

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July 23, 2009

Manny’s Pinch-Hit Granny Gives Dodgers Win

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After the Reds tied it 2-2 in the sixth, the Dodgers came back to load the bases in the bottom half for Manny to drill a go-ahead grand slam.

Chad Billingsley finally hit double digits in his win total, holding the Reds to two runs on seven hits while striking out seven. He was lifted after six for Mota, who tossed two perfect innings before Broxton closed out the ninth.

The Reds scored a run in the first but Andre Ethier answered back in the bottom half with a solo homerun. James Loney put the Dodgers ahead in the fourth with an RBI-triple, going 1 for 3 to improve his average against the Reds to .453 lifetime. The Reds tied it in the top of the sixth, and the Dodgers had a chance when they loaded the bases on two walks and a single. The pitcher’s spot was due up, and Torre decided to put in Manny as a pinch-hitter, on his bobble head night, for a chance to put the Dodgers ahead. Manny belted his 21st career grand slam, now just two behind Lou Gehrig on the all-time list.

The Dodgers completed the sweep of the Reds and have Thursday off before opening a weekend series with the Marlins on Friday. Clayton Kershaw will take the mound and looks to continue his hot streak, 5-0 in his last seven starts, all of which the Dodgers went on to win. He will face Josh Johnson, who is 8-2 with a 2.74 ERA.

July 22, 2009

Dodgers Beat Reds for 60th Win

by @ 8:11 am. Filed under 2009 Dodgers

The Dodgers became the first big league team this season to earn their 60th win in a 12-3 victory over the Reds on Tuesday.

Randy Wolf picked up his first win at Dodger Stadium after an 0-2 start with eight no decisions. He gave up just four hits and two runs before leaving with one out in the eighth. Claudio Vargas came on for relief and finished the game but gave up a solo homerun in the ninth.

The Dodgers powered for 12 hits, highlighted by a five-run third inning in which they batted around the order. The Dodgers rallied for a quick two runs in the first before Matt Kemp made it 4-1 with a two-run shot in the second. The Dodgers then put the game out of reach with five runs in the third, with even Wolf helping himself out with an RBI-double. The third came with a scare for the Dodgers, though, when Reds’ starter Homer Bailey drilled Manny Ramirez with a pitch in the left hand. He left the game for X-rays but they came up negative. Rafael Furcal ended the night with a season-high four RBIs and three hits, and James Loney had three hits and two RBIs, courtesy of his two-run shot in the fifth.

The Dodgers look to make it three straight and get the sweep, with Chad Billingsley set to face Bronson Arroyo on Wednesday. Billingsley is still in search of his 10th win, winless since June 14th. Arroyo is 10-8 and has a current consecutive inning scoreless streak of 16.

July 21, 2009

Schmidt Earns First Win Since ’07

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Jason Schmidt made his first start in over two years on Monday, and the Dodger offense was behind him to give him and the Dodgers a 7-5 win over the Reds.

Schmidt struggled in the first inning, allowing a triple that was nearly a homerun to the first batter. He allowed three runs to score before escaping the inning, but settled down after that to pitch the next four innings giving up no runs. He was lifted after five, and James McDonald and Ramon Troncoso combined for three shutout innings before Broxton closed out the ninth in 1-2-3 fashion for his 23rd save.

The Dodgers answered to the Reds’ three first-inning runs with four of their own in the bottom half of the frame. The Dodgers plated four on five hits, three of them doubles, including a bunt-double by Rafael Furcal. Manny Ramirez put the Dodgers up by three with a two-run shot in the second, his 537th career homerun to pass Mickey Mantle for 15th on the all-time list. Andre Ethier belted his second hit of the night with a solo homerun in the fifth for his team-leading 19th homerun of the season.

Randy Wolf will take on Homer Bailey in Tuesday’s matchup. Wolf has just one win since the beginning of June and is 8-2 lifetime against the Reds, while Bailey is a recent Triple-A call-up for the Reds and is 1-1 with a 6.43 ERA this season.

July 19, 2009

Dodgers Win Two to Split Series

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The Dodgers came back from dropping two straight to beat the Astros 5-2 on Saturday and 4-3 on Sunday.

Clayton Kershaw was outstanding in his start Saturday, shutting out the Astros for seven innings while striking out five and allowing just two hits. James McDonald relieved him in the eighth but allowed two runs before being pulled for Leach and Troncoso, who finished off the inning. Jonathan Broxton picked up the save, loading the bases but striking out the side for his 21st save of the season.

The Dodgers jumped out for two runs in the first, with an RBI-triple by Orlando Hudson and RBI-single by Matt Kemp. They added three more in the sixth, getting lucky on one after an error.

Hiroki Kuroda gave the Dodgers a decent start on Sunday, going five innings and giving up three runs. His only big mistake was surrendering a two-run homerun in the third. Mota and Troncoso shared three hitless innings, with Troncoso picking up the win, and Broxton had a 1-2-3 ninth for the save.

The Dodgers spread out four runs in the game, starting in the third with an RBI-double by Brad Ausmus. They scored two more and Matt Kemp broke a 3-3 tie in the eighth with a two-out homerun.

The Reds come to town to open a series on Monday, with Jason Schmidt facing Micah Owings. This will be Schmidt’s first big league start in over two years.

July 18, 2009

Billingsley Roughed Up by Astros

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Chad Billinglsey, in his sixth try for his 10th win, took the loss as the Astros beat the Dodgers 8-1 in the second game of the series.

Billingsley didn’t make it out of the second inning, as he gave up four in the first, all with two outs. Miguel Tejada drove a solo homerun and Billingsley gave up four more straight hits to give the Astros a 4-0 lead. He then gave up two more in the second before being pulled for Jeff Weaver. Weaver gave up a solo homerun in the third and another run in the fifth. Elbert and Vargas then combined for three scoreless innings.

Roy Oswalt tossed a complete game for the Astros, holding the Dodgers to one run on four hits while fanning five. Russell Martin knocked in Orlando Hudson in the third, but that was all the offense the Dodgers could muster.

Clayton Kershaw will face Mike Hampton on Saturday. Kershaw is looking to give the Dodgers a win to avoid the series loss, while Hampton 5-6 with a 4.52 ERA, and is 8-7 lifetime against the Dodgers.

July 17, 2009

Dodgertown Welcomes Manny Back

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The Dodgers took a 0-3 loss to the Astros in their first game of the second half, but Manny Ramirez got to make his home debut after his 50-day suspension.

Randy Wolf had a near quality start in the loss, giving up three runs on five hits through 6 1/3 while striking out six. He didn’t surrender a run until a solo homerun in the fifth and he was taken out with one out in the six and the bases loaded. Mota allowed two runs to score, both tagged to Wolf.

Wandy Rodriquez held the Dodgers scoreless, with their only real chance at scoring runs was in the fifth with one out and the bases loaded, but Wandy got Andre Ethier to ground into an inning-ending double play. The Dodgers out-hit the Astros, though, with eight hits, three by Orlando Hudson.

The Dodgers send Chad Billingsley to the mound on Friday to face Roy Oswalt, who is 5-4 with a 3.84 ERA. Billingsley is still in search of his 10th win.

July 15, 2009

Dodgers Open Second Half at Home

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After the American League beat the National League to improve to 12-0 in the last 13 years, the Dodgers will resume the second half by opening at home against the Astros on Thursday.

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Randy Wolf will face Wandy Rodriquez in the first game of the four-game set. Wolf finally picked up a decision and a win in his last start before the All-Star break. Rodriquez is having an outstanding season at 8-6 with a 2.96 ERA, though he took a loss to the Dodgers back in April.

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July 12, 2009

Dodgers Follow Loss with Win in Rubber Match

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The Dodgers won their final game of the series and last game before the All-Star break on Sunday after losing on Saturday to Milwaukee.

Jeff Weaver didn’t prove himself to be a starter in the rotation, giving up four runs (two earned) on six hits before leaving with one out in the fourth. A throwing error by Rafael Furcal led to two unearned runs in the first, and Weaver was lifted after giving up a leadoff solo homerun in the fourth followed by another run. Elbert finished the fourth as well as the next two with no runs or hits. McDonald tossed the eighth and Leach was charged for two runs in the ninth before Mota notched the final two outs.

The Dodgers scattered eight hits on the night, with all three of their runs coming in the fifth, courtesy of a two-run shot by Furcal followed by a solo homerun by Ethier.

The Dodgers came back Sunday for a 7-4 win in the rubber match. Clayton Kershaw had a strong outing for his seventh win, giving up just one run on two hits through six-plus innings, though he did have five walks. He left in the seventh after giving up a leadoff double, and Kuroda came on and allowed two runs to score. Kuroda was also charged with two more runs in the eighth. Ramon Troncoso worked the ninth for the save, as Jonathan Broxton is out with a mild toe injury, which means he will also be missing out on Tuesday’s All-Star Game.

The Dodgers scored two quick runs in the first before Brad Ausmus made it 3-0 with a solo homerun in the fourth. Two more runs came in in the fifth before the final two runs were off the bat of Orlando Hudson, solo shots in the sixth and eighth innings from opposite sides of the plate.

Orlando Hudson and Chad Billingsley will be playing Tuesday for the All-Star Game while the rest of the squad gets a four day break before opening the second half of the season back in LA on Thursday for a weekend series with the Astros.

July 11, 2009

Six-Run Tenth Gives Dodgers Win

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The Dodgers tied it up in the ninth to send the game to extras and scored six runs in the 10th to get a 12-8 win over the Brewers in the first game of the series.

Chad Billingsley and Braden Looper had almost identical numbers for the night. Billingsley went five-plus innings, giving up five runs on five hits. He was lifted in the sixth after a run scored and loading the bases. Mota came in and allowed a run to score before finishing the inning. Ramon Troncoso ended up picking up his third win. Broxton had a 12-6 lead when he took the mound in the 10th and made it interesting when he allowed two runs to score before getting the final out, courtesy an over-the-shoulder grab by Matt Kemp.

The Dodger offense was all about the long ball in this game. Andre Ethier drove a solo homerun in the first to give the Dodgers a quick 1-0 lead. James Loney then drove a solo shot in the fourth to tie it 2-2. The Dodgers pulled ahead with a two-run shot by Manny and a solo shot by Russell Martin in the sixth. The Dodgers then rallied off closer Trevor Hoffman in the ninth to score a run and send the game to extras. Matt Kemp then put the Dodgers ahead in the tenth by blasting a grand slam. The Dodgers then scored two more before the inning was over.

Jeff Weaver will start Saturday, his first start since June and just his fourth this season. He will face Mike Burns, who is 1-2 with a 5.57 ERA.

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July 9, 2009

Wolf Finally Earns Decision in Dodgers Big Win

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Randy Wolf earned just his fourth win this season after 12 no decisions in the Dodgers’ 11-2 win over the Mets in Thursday’s rubber match.

Wolf took the mound with a nice 4-0 lead in the first. He gave up a run in the first and another in the third, but otherwise had a decent outing. He left with one out in the seventh with a six-run lead. James McDonald finished the inning and the eighth with no hits and Claudio Vargas worked the ninth.

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The Dodgers came out to score four runs in the first off Livan Hernandez, three courtesy of Orlando Hudson’s bases-clearing double. Manny Ramirez and Casey Blake each drove RBI-singles in the second to make it 6-1. Russell Martin hit a two-RBI single in the fourth and the Dodgers added three more in the eighth. Rafael Furcal had three hits and three runs scored, Ramirez two hits and two RBIs, and Juan Castro had a two-RBI pinch hit at bat.

The Dodgers head to Milwaukee for their final series before the All-Star Break. Chad Billingsley will take the mound Friday and face Braden Looper. Billingsley, winless since June 14, is still in search of his 10th win while Looper is 7-4, 4-1 at home.

July 8, 2009

Dodgers Leave Runners Stranded in Loss

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The Dodgers had many opportunities to make a comeback in Wedneday’s game against the Mets, but they left 22 men on base in the 5-4 loss.

Hiroki Kuroda took the loss, giving up five runs (four earned) on eight hits before being lifted with one out in the fifth. The Mets tied it at 1-1 in the second with an RBI-single and they took a 4-1 lead in the third after Kuroda allowed five straight batters to reach base. The bullpen did have 3 2/3 shutout innings, giving up just one hit.

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Mark Loretta gave the Dodgers a quick 1-0 lead in the first with a two-out RBI-single. Rafael Furcal knocked in a run in the fourth and the Dodgers scored another in the eighth. Manny Ramirez led off the ninth with a solo homerun, and Ethier came up with one out and a runner on but grounded into a double play to end the game and his 0 for 5 night.

Randy Wolf will make the start in Thursday’s rubber match and will face Livan Hernandez, who is 5-4 but all four losses have come in his most five recent starts.

Dodgers Shut Out Mets, 8-0

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Clayton Kershaw tossed six shutout innings in the Dodgers 8-0 win over the Mets in the first game of the series. He held the Mets to three hit and two walks while striking out seven, and was lifted after six innings after tossing 101 pitches, 63 for strikes. James McDonald tossed a shutout inning before Claudio Vargas did the same in his season debut. Mota also tossed a scoreless to finish off the shutout.

The Dodgers jumped out for three runs in the second and two in the fourth before Blake DeWitt blasted a pinch-hit solo homerun in the seventh. The club went just 2 for 9 with RISP and left 13 men on base, but managed to touch home eight times. Orlando Hudson went 2 for 5 with 2 RBI, and Manny Ramirez drove in three runs on two RBI singles before being ejected in the fifth after arguing strikes and  throwing a few pieces of equipment.

Hiroki Kuroda will make the start on Wednesday and face Oliver Perez.

July 6, 2009

Dodger All-Stars

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The Dodgers are sending (at least) three players to St. Louis for the All-Star Game. Chad Billingsley made the squad for his first All-Star nod of his career. Billingsley followed the news by going eight innings on Sunday and going 2 for 4 at the plate, including his first career homerun.

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Jonathan Broxton is also an All-Star for the first time of his career, with 20 saves in 22 opporunities.

Orlando Hudson is the third Dodger to make the squad, his second time being an All-Star.

The fans also have an opportunity to vote in Matt Kemp for the final player on the NL roster.

Dodgers Split Final Two with Padres

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Randy Wolf pitched for the win on Saturday, holding the Padres to one run through six innings while striking out eight. He left with a one run lead after the top of the seventh, but the bullpen let it go to give Wolf his 12th no decision. Belisario suffered the loss after giving up three go-ahead runs in the seventh. Troncoso also gave up three runs in the eighth, though all were unearned due to three errors.

Josh Geer held the Dodgers to one run through the first six frames, a solo homerun from Manny Ramirez in the first. Ethier and Kemp also pitched in with RBI’s.

The Dodgers won Sunday’s rubber match in 13 innings. Chad Billingsley went eight strong innings before giving up two runs in the ninth. Jonathan Broxton also struggled that inning, giving up three runs to allow the Padres to tie it up. Jeff Weaver came out on top, tossing three hitless shutout innings for the win.

The Dodgers had a four-run lead by the third, courtesy of a solo homerun by Andre Ethier in the second and a two-run shot by Casey Blake in the third. Billingsley even helped himself out with a solo shot in the fifth. The Padre bullpen then held them scoreless after the sixth until the 13th inning when James Loney drove a solo homerun that would give the Dodgers the win.

The Dodgers have Monday off before heading to New York to take on the Mets in a three-game series. Clayton Kershaw will face Mike Pelfrey in Tuesday’s game.

July 4, 2009

Dodgers Beat Padres in Manny's Return

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The Dodgers saw slugger Manny Ramirez back in the lineup, and despite him going 0 for 3, the Dodgers went on to beat the Padres 6-3 on Friday.

Hiroki Kuroda picked up the win, giving up three runs on four hits through 5 1/3. He gave up a solo homerun in the fourth and left in the sixth after giving up two more runs. Mota, Troncoso, and Leach all pitched shutout relief work and Broxton pitched a perfect ninth with two K’s for his 20th save while also hitting 103 on the gun.

Five of the Dodgers’ six runs came in a first-inning, two-out. Rafael Furcal led off with a single, his first of four hits on the night. Martin, Ethier, and Loney all drove in runs before Matt Kemp finished the rally with a two-run double. Martin also knocked in a run in the third.

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Randy Wolf will take on Josh Geer in Saturday’s day game. Wolf is held with a 3-3 record after 11 no decision, while Geer is 1-3 with a 5.68 ERA.

July 2, 2009

Dodgers Split Final Two with Rockies

by @ 8:19 am. Filed under 2009 Dodgers

The Dodgers were shut out on Tuesday but came back to win the series with a slim 1-0 win on Wednesday.

Chad Billingsley pitched like the game’s winner, pitching a quality start of three runs on four hits through 7 1/3 while striking out 11. The offense was quiet, though, and Billingsley suffered the loss, failing again to reach double-digits in wins.

Jason Marquis completely shut down the Dodgers at the plate, tossing a two-hit, complete game win.

The offense didn’t fare much better on Wednesday, but they managed to squeeze out one run while the pitching was lights-out for the win. Brad Ausmus singled in the eighth and pinch-runner Russell Martin scored from second on Rafael Furcal’s RBI-single.

Clayton Kershaw held the Rockies to just one run through five while striking out five (though he also walked five). Belisario tossed two shutout innings before Troncoso tossed the eighth to pick up the win. Jonathan Broxton pitched a perfect ninth for his 19th save, while striking out two.

The Dodgers are the first team to reach 50 wins, and they also are a big-league best at home with a 28-13 record. The Dodgers won’t be back in LA until July 16th, after the All-Star break. After Thursday’s day off, the club heads to San Diego for a weekend series with the Padres. Hiroki Kuroda will make the start and face Chad Gaudin. The big story of the night, though, will be the return of Manny Ramirez to the lineup after missing 50 games for his suspension.

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