Tonight's game was the one where Ross finds out that, despite giving up only two hits and no runs through seven innings, he was about to be sorely disappointed. The Padres were up 1-0 in the eighth inning when Carl Crawford led off with an infield single that deflected off of pitcher Tyson Ross' glove, and then the next batter Justin Turner whomped a two-run HR to give the Dodgers the lead and the game. Ross might have struck out eight, but that dagger was enough to hand him the loss.
Clayton Kershaw also went a solid eight innings, striking out ten and giving up one run on three hits. Kenley Jansen got the one-inning save. And Turner, the only Dodger to have multiple hits tonight, led the Dodgers to their first victory all year in which the team trailed after seven innings--breaking a 0-for-46 skid. The win keeps the Dodgers 3.5 games ahead of the Giants, who beat the Cubs today but also ended up losing that rain-shortened game that was resumed after a Giants' protest. Hey, we'll take it.
Now the Dodgers host the Mets for three while the Giants play the red-hot Nationals in the District. But we've got Dan Haren going in Game 1. Yikes.