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‘Twas a cold miserable night at Dodger Stadium complete with a sort of skywater intermittently trickling down from the heavens at the beginning of the game. But the Dodgers didn’t let that get them down in their 6-2 victory over the Houston Astros.

In fact Dodgers’ starter John Ely made it rain strikes for the Astros grabbing a career high eight strikeouts while walking no one in his third straight game. Ely has not allowed a walk to 84 consecutive batters.

“I’m just going out there with the same game plan - throwing strikes and keeping the ball down,” Ely said.

“Tonight he was terrific,” Torre said. “He gave us seven innings under 100 pitches, that’s pretty good.

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“He’s going to make you hit it. He’s going to make them do the work. He changes speeds so well, and I think that is the biggest reason why he’s had the success early on.”

The Astros struck first when the speedy Michael Bourn led the game off with a single. Lance Berkman singled him home giving the Astros the quick 1-0 lead.

That was about the only positives for the Astros as their starter Wandy Rodriguez’s outing was doomed by an error in the first inning.

After Reed Johnson hit a one-out single and Manny Ramirez walked, Matt Kemp hit the ball to Astros’ shortstop Geoff Blum who tried to start the double play throwing to second baseman Jeff Keppinger. Keppinger pulled off the bag too soon and was charged with an error that allowed the bases to be filled with Dodgers.