The scoreboard made it appear close for a while there, but the truth was that the Dodgers' only runs came off an Ian Desmond error in the fourth inning; the Dodgers were 0-for-5 with RISP and 6 LOB in all. Even still, down 3-2 in the top of the ninth, it was the combined suckitude of Mike MacDougal, Hong-Chih Kuo, and ultimately Matt Guerrier (who gave up the grand slam to Jerry Hairston Jr.), along with the decisions of Don Mattingly, to put the game well out of reach. I don't know, possibly maybe perhaps the combined efforts of James Loney, Rod Barajas, and Jamey Carroll might have scrounged up a run in the ninth (in some bizarro universe; strikeout, fly out, called strikeout was the actual outcome)--but five runs? Forget about it. Dodgers remain 13.5 GB with 63 to play.
Oh, and Hiroki Kuroda had a nice audition for a contender, going 6.1 IP with 3 ER, 7 Ks and 3 BB. He takes the loss, but to his credit he might have bought a ticket out of this hellhole. We will miss you, Hiro!