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LAst Night's Action: Dodgers Sweep DBacks To Get Even

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LA Dodgers defeat Arizona Diamondbacks 6-3. Triple Crown leading Andre Ethier had a rough kind of night despite hitting the leather off the ball. Unfortunately for the most part there was someone where the ball ended up. All except for in the fourth inning when he drew first blood with an opposite-field two-run homer. Casey Blake made an oopsie that helped the DBacks tie the game in the home half of that inning, but Matt Kemp hit an RBI single for the Dodgers to retake the lead 3-2. With how horrible their bullpen has been, DBacks manager AJ Hinch left starter Edwin Jackson in the game with runners on second and third with Andre Ethier at the plate and had a decision to make. Walk Ethier to get to Manny or take your chances with Ethier? He chose the former loading the bases, and Manny belted a bases-clearing double to centerfield to blow the game open 6-2. The DBacks added a run in the eighth, but that would be it. Dodgers’ starter Hiroki Kuroda had another good outing going 7 1/3 innings striking out nine hitters walking only one while giving up six hits. The Dodgers have now clawed back to .500 for the first time since April 21 and will look to have a winning record for the first time on Friday in San Diego.

Tampa Bay Rays defeat LA Angels 4-3. Jered Weaver’s career-high 12 strikeouts weren’t enough to compensate for the slop all around him. Third baseman Kevin Frandsen led off the game with a throwing error allowing Jason Bartlett to reach first base. Bartlett came in on a double by Ben Zobrist. Later in the inning catcher Ryan Budde had a passed ball which allowed another unearned run to score putting Weaver in a quick 2-0 hole. Another passed ball by Budde allowed a run to score in the fifth inning. Weaver finally gave up an earned run in the sixth inning when BJ Upton singled home Evan Longoria who led off the inning with a double. Meanwhile Rays’ starter David Price was just good enough giving up three runs in 6 1/3 innings. Rafael Soriano got his ninth save of the year pitching a perfect ninth. The Rays have now won their first series against the Angels in Anaheim since 1999.