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LAst Night's Action: Dodgers Crawl Into Wild Card Hunt

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LA Dodgers defeat Milwaukee Brewers 5-4. The Dodgers responded to the Brewers three-run bottom of the fourth inning right away by getting three runs for themselves in the top of the fifth. While Andre Ethier hit a solo homer off of Brewers’ starter and former Dodger Randy Wolf (L, 10-10) in the third inning to start off the scoring, the story for the Dodgers was their doubles. Manny Ramirez and Ryan Theriot hit two apiece while James Loney and Casey Blake hit one each to help back Hiroki Kuorda (W, 9-11) who went seven innings giving up the four Brewers runs. Jonathan Broxton pitched a perfect eighth inning and a combination of Ronald Belisario, George Sherrill and Octavio Dotel (S, 22) pitched a perfect ninth. The Dodgers are now 3-0 with Manny Ramirez in the starting lineup and are a manageable 5 ½ games back in the wild card race.

LA Angels defeat Tampa Bay Rays 12-3. It seems the Angels were saving all of their offense for this game. Already leading 4-1 in the third inning, Mike Napoli hit his second career grand slam off of Jeff Niemann (L, 10-4) to give the Angels the 8-1 lead. I guess going .065 (3-for-46) with runners in scoring position in their last five games wasn’t going to last going 7-for-19 in this game. Dan Haren (W, 9-12) got his second win for the Angels in seven games started while Niemann only went one out into the fourth inning after giving up 10 runs. Napoli had a career-high six RBI while Howie Kendrick had a career-high five hits.