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May 9, 2011

Dodgers skid ends as Ethier’s hit streak starts over

by @ 5:30 pm. Filed under 2011 Dodgers

NEW YORK– Just one day after Andre Ethier’s hit streak was snapped, he came back the following day with a two-run homerun to prevent Los Angeles from being swept by the New York Mets and help end a four-game losing streak Sunday afternoon.

Starter, Clayton Kershaw of Los Angeles was also valuable towards the Dodgers 4-2 victory over the Mets.  Kershaw struck out eight in 6 2/3 innings, allowing only one run to cross home.

In the other dugout, the Mets R.A. Dickey was beat up by ten Dodgers hits over the course of seven innings.  Worse though for Dickey was the fact he was responsible for all four of Los Angeles runs.

Ronny Paulino put the Mets on the board in the first with his RBI-single.  Justin Turner scored after being issued a one-out walk and moved to second on another free-pass from Kershaw in the opening frame.  Despite the walks, Kershaw settled down the rest of the day as he did not allow an extra-base hit during his entire outing.

Kershaw scored the Dodgers first run when he was allowed first-base after being hit by a pitch to lead-off the third.  After a pitch got passed Paulino and Kershaw took second, Jamey Carroll’s ground-out put Kershaw at third with one-out.  Aaron Miles did not let a golden opportunity slip away as he singled to right and Clayton Kershaw scored to tie the game 1-1.

After back-to-back one-out singles by James Loney and Jerry Sands, Rod Barajas fielder’s choice single scored Loney to give L.A. the 2-1 advantage, which was doubled in the seventh off Ethier’s two-run shot to right.

New York managed to give Vicente Padilla some trouble in the ninth as Daniel Murphy singled on a line-drive and scored on Jose Reyes ensuing triple to keep a late-inning threat alive.  Padilla though retired the next two batters for the save and end Los Angeles current skid.

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