Dodgers Make it Three of Four Over Giants

The Dodgers broke a 3-3 tie with a five-hit, four-run seventh inning off Giants reliever Dan Runzler and held on to beat the Giants 7-5 in the finale of their four-game series. Los Angeles took three of four from the Giants for the first time since July 2-5, 2001 and will next face the Giants on April 11 to open a three-game set at AT&T Park.

      FINALLY: Matt Kemp deposited the first pitch he saw from Barry Zito into the left field bullpen for the first Dodger home run of the season. Kemp's two-run shot was his first the home run of his career off the left-hander against whom he has a .413 batting average (19-for-46).

  TRIPLE ME ELMO: The Dodgers' first two triples of season brought home key runs as Jamey Carroll's RBI triple in the first inning gave Los Angeles a 1-0 lead and Marcus Thames' three-base hit in the seventh broke a 3-3 tie. It was the fourth triple of Thames' career and just his second since 2006.

   PAIR IT: Rafael Furcal went 2-for-4 with an RBI double in the seventh inning and two runs scored. Furcal has two multi-hit games in his first three contests after posting 34 multi-hit efforts in just 97 games in 2010.

   SPARK PLUG: Rafael Furcal scored his first two runs of the season tonight. In 2010, the Dodgers went 31-17 when Furcal scored at least one run and went 13-2 when the shortstop scored two more times in a game.

   SIMPLY A HIRO: Hiroki Kuroda turned in the Dodgers' third quality start in four games as he held the Giants offense to three runs over 7.0 innings to pick up the victory. Kuroda has posted a 2.94 ERA (33 ER/101.0 IP) over his last 15 starts dating back to the All-Star break a year ago.

   IT'S HIM: Jonathan Broxton pitched the ninth and picked up his Major League-leading third save.  It was the 80th save of Broxton's career, putting him one behind Takashi Saito for eighth place in franchise history.

   WELCOME BACK: Juan Uribe returned to the Dodger lineup and went 1-for-4 after missing the last two games as a result of getting hit by a Tim Lincecum pitch above the elbow on Opening Day.

    ON THE ROAD: The Dodgers fly to Denver, beginning a 10-day, eight-game road trip against the Rockies, Padres and Giants. Beginning April 8, the club embarks on a stretch of 20 games in 20 days, with 12 of those contests coming away from home. The combined 2010 winning percentage of the Dodgers first six opponents (Giants (twice), Colorado Rockies, San Diego Padres, St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves) is .546.   

HONORING THE Duke –This season, the Dodgers will honor Duke Snider's memory by wearing his retired No. 4 on their sleeves all year long. On Aug. 9, the first 50,000 fans in attendance will receive a bobblehead featuring the likeness of Snider, whose family will participate in a special pregame ceremony honoring the franchise's all-time leading home run hitter. Snider passed away on Feb. 27 at the age of 84.   

SCHEDULED PITCHING: Clayton Kershaw (1-0, 0.00)  will face Colorado on Tuesday and RHP Chad Billingsley (1-0, 4.50) draws the Wednesday start.  

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