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Dodgers end four-game losing streak with 1-0 victory over Houston

August 12, 2011 | 10:39 pm


Matt Kemp's bloop single that fell just inside the right-field line with nobody out in the 10th inning gave the Dodgers a 1-0 victory over the Houston Astros on Friday night at Dodger Stadium, erasing the sting of a wasted opportunity in the previous inning.

Casey Blake led off the 10th with a double down the right-field line, and after the Astros intentionally walked Andre Ethier, Kemp came through with the hit that ended the Dodgers' four-game losing streak.

The Dodgers squandered a bases-loaded, no-out opportunity in the ninth after Juan Rivera led off with a triple to right-center field. The Astros intentionally walked the next two batters to load the bases, and pinch-hitter Tony Gwynn Jr. struck out. Jamey Carroll hit a weak grounder back to reliever Fernando Rodriguez, who threw home to get pinch-runner Eugenio Velez at the plate.

Aaron Miles then grounded out to end the inning, triggering an audible groan from the crowd of 33,642.

Dodgers starter Nathan Eovaldi held the Astros scoreless over six innings in his second major league start, giving up two hits. He walked four and struck out three.


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Photo: Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp connects for a single to right field to drive in the winning run against the Houston Astros in the 10th inning Friday night at Dodger Stadium. Credit: Danny Moloshok / Associated Press