Carl Crawford had a field day in the rubber match of this series, going 4-for-4 with three doubles and 2 RBI, leading the Dodgers to a 4-0 victory. Crawford went 9-for-12 in the series and has lifted his average from .230 to .289 by batting .434 the past month. Those hits and RBI make up for a lot of noodle-armed throws from left field, which makes Crawford a premium over Juan Pierre.
Also contributing RBI were Hanley Ramirez (who was sadly picked off first right thereafter) and Juan Uribe. Yasiel Puig batted leadoff tonight in Don Mattingly's attempt to jumpstart the slumping player; Puig went 0-for-4 with 5 LOB.
Dan Haren also continued his late-season rejuvenation: 7.0 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, with 1 BB and 5 Ks. J.P. Howell and Kenley Jansen had a scoreless inning each.
With the Dodgers' victory, the magic number shrinks to 15 to win the NL West, as we retain a 2.5 game lead. Off-day tomorrow means we get to watch the Giants (who will likely sweep the Snakes tomorrow, and drop the lead to two games, with 16 to play), before heading into Phone Park for a key weekend series. Remember, Sunday is SoSG Fest 2014! Check the sidebar for details.
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