Not even Brandon League was able to mess up the win for the Los Angeles Dodgers who have all the sudden won four in a row for the first time since last year’s six game streak from September 26th to October 1st. The latest was a 6-5 win at the expense of a struggling San Francisco Giants team Tuesday night as Matt Kemp made his return from the disabled list.
A back and forth game from the start came right down to the last three outs that weren’t easy to get. With Kenley Jansen unavailable to close the game since he was used each of the last three days, Don Mattingly turned to once closer Brandon League.
The results were as good as when he was in the closer role as he didn’t get an out in the three batters he faced. With the Dodgers up 6-3 heading into the ninth, League allowed three straight hits that scored two runs and left a runner for Paco Rodriguez to try and cleanup.
Rodriguez was more than up to the challenge getting the last three outs only allowing a single in the process. The save is the first in Rodriguez’s career that isn’t even a year old after being drafted in the June 2012 Major League draft. He now has a 2.93 ERA and 0.90 WHIP in 38 appearances in 2013.
The Dodgers offense scored the six runs without the benefit of a hit from Yasiel Puig who was 0-for-4 on the night. Mark Ellis got things rolling with a two-run shot in the third inning off Michael Kickham in only his second career start.
Kickham, who actually lowered his ERA to 10.57, would give up another two-run homer this time to Hanley Ramirez in the sixth that was estimated to have traveled 442 feet if it weren’t for the foul pole.
The Dodgers followed that homer with three straight hits from Kemp, Andre Ethier, and Tim Federowicz. Kemp came around on the hit from Federowicz and Ethier would come around on a wild throw on a pickoff attempt from Giants reliever Jake Dunning.
Stephen Fife turned in his fifth straight quality start going six and two-thirds innings while giving up only four hits and walking two. Two of the hits Fife surrendered were solo homers off the bats of Buster Posey and Brandon Belt.
The Dodgers will go for five in a row that would pull them within 2.5 games of the Giants tomorrow sending Clayton Kershaw (5-5, 2.06) to face Tim Lincecum (4-7, 4.52). The win would also mean a sweep for only the second time this year.
WP: Stephen Fife (2-2)
LP: Michael Kickham (0-2)
S: Paco Rodriguez (1)