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Dodgers rediscover lost power source in 6-2 victory

Loney The bats were suddenly wimpy, the long ball reduced to something that actually made it out of the infield.

A team that had been among the league leaders in home runs saw its power game grow mute.

It was no coincidence that during the Dodgers’ five-game losing streak, they had hit exactly one home run.

And it was no coincidence that their losing skid ended Friday night when they hit a pair of home runs in a 6-2 victory over the Pirates.

Andre Ethier, who last hit a home run on April 22, started the Dodgers offense off with a two-run homer in the first.

James Loney, who last hit a home run on Sept. 19, 2009, added a three-run homer in the third.

And all was well with the Dodgers offense, for a night.

Of course, it came against right-hander Charlie Morton, possibly the worst starter in baseball (0-5, 12.57 ERA), but the way things had been going for the Dodgers, they wouldn’t have cared if it came against Betty White.

Loney’s home run was a line drive that just cleared the rail near the 330-foot sign -- the shortest part of the ballpark. Looked, as they say, like 450 feet in the box score.

For Ethier, it was his sixth of the season.

Still, it’s not like the Dodgers were spraying balls all over the field. They managed only six hits against Morton. In fact, that was probably his best outing of the season.

With a shaky rotation, the Dodgers are going to need a consistent offensive threat to turn their disappointing start around.

That and a reliable defense. And there was even good news on that front. Friday marked the first time all season the Dodgers managed to go three consecutive games without committing an error.

-- Steve Dilbeck

Photo: James Loney hits a three-run home run in the third inning during the Dodgers' 6-2 victory Friday. Credit: Brian Vander Brug / Los Angeles Times

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Good news we finally won one. Bad news most likely will be shut out by Duke tomorrow.

It's amazing how an offense can wake up when they face a pitcher with an ERA over 3000.

It was a nice win...a much-needed win. It was helped in part by those two errors, but hey, a win is a win. Loney hit the ball hard...he had some good swings up there. I also thought Billingsley pitched pretty well, yielding six hits and two runs in six innings. And he threw "only" 97 pitches...not bad for him.

Loney is a joke, a former #1 draft pick, who FINALLY hit his first homer, on last day of April!!!........
@ this rate he'll whack a whopping total of abt 6-to-7 homers this season, totally unacceptable for a major league first-baseman, especially a former #1 draft pick!!!

Betty Marion White (born January 17, 1922) is an American actress, comedian and former television host with a career spanning over seventy years. Her television roles include Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rose Nylund on The Golden Girls.

Duke is a Stud. He need's to be on a magazine cover, fully clothed of course.

Loney is not a joke. He is a consistent .300 hitter with some lack of power at first. His fielding is good to great. Anybody remember Mark Grace? The important issue is that the rest of the power positions are there including a bonus in center with the power of Matt Kemp. The biggest problem is Ownership and Colletti. To have Forbes value them at $727 million and your rotation might be the worst in baseball, is all that matters. We all know pitching wins and we have none while there was oppurtunity out there. If they trade Matt Kemp and any of hitting young coure without adding pitching in free agency this hardcore Dodger fan is done until new ownership/GM is out of here. Vicente Padilla? First opening day game I could have cared less about since I started following in 1983. In short I'm done with Selig, the McCourts, Colletti, and unfortunately my precious Dodgers.


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