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Dodgers blow three-run lead, fall 6-4 to Diamondbacks

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One player going, one player staying, one team headed nowhere.

On a night the Dodgers learned right-hander Hiroki Kuroda would not approve a trade and that shortstop Rafael Furcal reportedly would, they jumped to a 4-1 lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

And then watched it all come crashing down in a forgettable sixth-inning meltdown by Chad Billingsley, the Diamondbacks rallying for five runs to hand the Dodgers a 6-4 defeat Saturday before an announced crowd of 37,139.

The Diamondbacks loaded the bases against Billingsley (9-9) in the sixth on a single and a pair of walks, then he walked a third consecutive batter to force in a run.

Xavier Nady’s fly to right brought in a second run, but one out later Billingsley walked his fourth batter of the inning to load the bases again.

At that point the Dodgers called on reliever Matt Guerrier to face red-hot Justin Upton, who promptly doubled past Matt Kemp in center field to clear the bases.

The Diamondbacks had erased the three-run deficit to take the 6-4 lead.

Billingsley was charged with all six runs, giviing up seven hits and five walks in his 5 2/3 innings.

The Dodgers had fallen behind 1-0 when they scored three times in the third inning. Tony Gwynn Jr. tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Casey Blake.

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Dodgers push winning streak to four with 3-2 win over Rockies

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It’s their one-two punch, the best the Dodgers have to offer. Clayton Kershaw on the mound, Matt Kemp at the plate.

It worked just as the Dodgers hoped Tuesday in their 3-2 victory over the Rockies in front of an announced crowd of 50,664 on Fernando Valenzuela bobble-head night.

It was their fourth consecutive victory and fifth in six games. It left them a half-game back of the Rockies for third in the National League West. In 2011, this is called surging.

The Dodgers scored all three runs in the fourth, thanks in large part to some curious outfield defensive play by Colorado.

Rafael Furcal led off the inning against Jhoulys Chacin with a routine fly to left-fielder Ty Wigginton.

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The return of Andre Ethier power hitter in Dodgers' 8-5 victory

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And on a gorgeous Monday evening, there was an Andre Ethier sighting.

That would be two-time All-Star Andre Ethier, not the right-fielder who had been struggling since the break.

Ethier, who was batting .152 (3 for 35) without one RBI since the All-Star break, crushed a two-run homer in the third inning to break a 1-1 tie.

With rookie Rubby De La Rosa allowing only three hits in his six innings, and with the Dodgers surviving a rough ninth inning, they went on to win 8-5 for their third consecutive victory before an announced crowd of 28,860.

De La Rosa (4-4) allowed only three hits, all singles, in his six innings. The three hits came consecutively with two outs in the third, Dexter Fowler’s basehit scoring the Colorado run.

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Don't look now, but Dodgers have won three straight; Andre Ethier, Chad Billingsley lead 6-1 win over Tigers

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Meanwhile, back at the yard, a strange occurrence.

The Dodgers won again, won with the kind of pitching they were built around, won without Matt Kemp having to do a single heroic thing, won for the third time in as many games.

The Dodgers fairly knocked the Detroit Tigers around, winning 6-1 Tuesday as Andre Ethier crushed a two-run homer and right-hander Chad Billingsley started to get back on track.

The little three-game winning streak matched their season high, something they’ve accomplished three other times this season. If they scratch out a fourth consecutive victory Wednesday afternoon, it will also mark their first series sweep.

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Clayton Kershaw leads the way with two-hit shutout of Tigers in Dodgers' 4-0 victory

Kershaw_300 Your favorite franchise dragging, ownership in chaos, Major League Baseball about to take control?

Need a little pick-me-up?

Voila! How about a little two-game winning streak?

From the morass that has enveloped the Dodgers, at least Monday night they were able to find momentary respite in the form of a 4-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers before an announced crowd of 29,355.

Clayton Kershaw was once again absolutely suberb, shutting the Tigers out on two hits. It was his second shutout of the season and third of his career. And an improving hitter, he also drove in a pair of runs.

Hiroki Kuroda, Matt Guerrier and Javy Guerra combined to shut out the Astros on Sunday. The Dodgers have not allowed a run in their last 19 innings.

The initial offense was provided by struggling Juan Uribe, who hit a solo home run off ex-Dodger Brad Penny in the first, while James Loney and Dioner Navarro added doubles to score one more in the sixth.

Then with two outs and the bases loaded in the eighth, Kershaw singled off reliever Joaquin Benoit to score two final runs.

It was on the mound, however, where Kershaw was dominant.

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And then out of the blue, Dioner Navarro home run ends Dodgers' five-game skid in 1-0 victory over Astros

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So maybe that’s what the Dodgers need to turn things around -- an unlikely hero.

Could there be one more unlikely than Dioner Navarro?

Navarro entered Sunday batting a sad .156, his shaping up as a nightmare season. Worse, he became their main catcher by default when the Dodgers placed Rod Barajas on the disabled list before the game with a sprained ankle.

Yet with the Dodgers' offense being shackled once again by the lowly Houston Astros, it was Navarro who stepped up with the big hit.

Navarro ended a scoreless game in the eighth inning by drilling a solo home run into the right-field bleachers, leading the Dodgers to a 1-0 victory that snapped their five-game losing streak.

After Hiroki Kuroda went seven innings without allowing a run, Matt Guerrier pitched a scoreless eighth to pick up the victory and rookie Javy Guerra worked the ninth to earn his second save.

Kuroda’s story is getting old for the Dodgers: pitching well and not winning.

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Dodgers let it get away in 6-4 loss to Reds

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Things seemed to be going well enough for the Dodgers.

Rookie shortstop Dee Gordon had made a couple of terrific plays. Hiroki Kuroda was keeping the Reds in check. And the Dodgers had manufactured a pair of runs to carry a 2-1 lead through five innings.

But this is the season when there is precious little the Dodgers can rely upon. And after Chris Heisey hit a solo home run to tie the score in the sixth inning, it all came undone in an ugly seventh.

By the time the inning was over Monday, the Dodgers had committed two errors, Andre Ethier threw well wide of home on a play at the plate, Joey Votto had a three-run homer and the Reds were on their way to a 6-4 victory before an announced crowd of 31,372.

The Dodgers have been a reliable defensive team all season, but after several strong  plays, Gordon simply dropped a routine Ryan Hanigan grounder to open the seventh.

And the floodgates were open.

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Dodgers use all their parts to survive 11-7 victory over Rockies

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Team work, ain’t it grand?

The Dodgers defeated the Colorado Rockies, 11-7, on Saturday night, and they had little heroes all over the place.

Ten Dodgers had hits, seven Dodgers scored, seven Dodgers drove in a run, starter Ted Lilly pitched five effective innings and Tony Gwynn Jr. made a game-saving, diving catch in the ninth inning. If the bullpen had only performed well, it would have been a complete effort.

As it was, the Dodgers built a 7-1 lead, hung on after the Rockies scored five times in the eighth to pull within one, and then scored four insurance runs in the ninth.

By the time it was over, the Dodgers had snapped their three-game losing streak by collecting 18 hits, four apiece by Aaron Miles and Jamey Carroll.

The only starter who did not collect a hit was shortstop Dee Gordon, and all he did was contribute the second-best defensive play of the game in the eighth inning after the Rockies had scored five times to make it a 7-6 game.

With one out and a runner on first, Gordon made a diving stop up the middle to take a hit away from catcher Chris Iannetta, and while sprawled on the infield dirt, flipped the ball to Miles at second base for the force out.

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Dodgers can't touch Cole Hamels in 2-0 loss to Phillies

Dodgers6 Opportunities were going to be precious. Someone would have to blink first, which figured to be the game the way Hiroki Kuroda and Cole Hamels were going.

It was a tight pitchers’ dual on a hot, humid Wednesday night in Philadelphia. After the Phillies finally scored in the sixth, the Dodgers wasted a prime scoring opportunity the next inning.

And that was the Dodgers’ offense for the night.

The Phillies tipped their caps in thanks, and went on to a 2-0 victory behind Hamels’ eight shut-out innings.

Kuroda was cruising along through four innings, having allowed just one single. He picked up the first two outs of the fifth and seemed on his way to another easy inning.

Until Michael Martinez tripled and Kuroda suddenly couldn’t find the strike zone. He walked Hamels. He threw a wild pitch that sailed behind Shane Victorino. In a break for the Dodgers, the speedy Martinez did not attempt to score. Catcher Rod Barajas fielded the miscue, threw to Kuroda covering home and hit Victorino in the butt. When Hamels took second, Kuroda intentionally walked Victorino to load the bases.

Kuroda seemed to be melting in the humidity. He worked Domonic Brown to a full count, before getting him to line out to Andre Ethier in right and exhale.

Despite how he labored, manager Don Mattingly curiously let Kuroda bat in the bottom of the fifth. Second batter Kuroda faced the next inning, Ryan Howard, homered to right.

It was the first home run for the Phillies this month.

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And the kids shall lead them: Dee Gordon, Rubby De La Rosa spark Dodgers' 6-2 victory as Matt Kemp homers again

Gordon6 Kids, what are you going to do with them? Play ’em, apparently. Lead them to the field and then let them go.

They worked just fine Tuesday night, those precocious little things. Shortstop Dee Gordon celebrated his first major-league start by collecting hits in his first three at-bats and right-hander Rubby De La Rosa, overcoming the shakiest of beginnings, settled down to win his first career start.

They led the Dodgers to a 6-2 victory over the Phillies, who were kind enough to contribute to the kids’ cause by throwing the all around for a pair of costly errors.

They did get a little assist from that old vet, Matt Kemp, who crushed a two-run homer.

Kemp, of course, is now chiseled. Gordon is a wisp of a shortstop, so thin that as he flew around the basepaths commentator Steve Lyons was worried the Dodgers might need to put rocks in his pockets to prevent him from taking flight.

Gordon became the first Dodger to collect hits in his first three major-league at-bats since Mike Piazza in 1992, which may be the first and last time those two physiques are ever compared again.

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