Kershaw Battered; Oakland Takes 9-3 Decision

Perhaps the best spin on the way the Dodgers are playing would be that they are steadily increasing their number of runs scored each game, although they've been losing because the pitchers are saving their strength for the regular season. But however you turn it, the Dodgers lost again, this time 9-5 to the Athletics.

Oakland jumped on the Dodgers, scoring seven times in the first two innings off starter Clayton Kershaw who allowed seven hits (two doubles, a triple and a home run by Nomar Garciaparra), seven runs (six earned), walked one, hit two and had a single strikeout.

The Dodgers countered with three in the bottom of the first, then only had two more hits over the next five innings. They scored twice in the eighth but by that time the Athletics were leading 9-3.

Matt Kemp did most of the damage on offense, singling home two in the eighth and finished with three RBI.

Andre Ethier and James Loney collected the final two ribbies. Lone and Rafael Furcal had a pair of hits.

Guillermo Mota pitched a perfect sixth inning. Ramon Troncoso, working on back-to-back days, allowed two runs on four hits in one inning and Ron Belisario added two scoreless frames.

James McDonald, who will probably be named the Dodgers' fifth starter, will start for the second time in Tucson, this time against the Diamondbacks. In his last start, McDonald threw three scoreless innings but also left the game with a fingered blister.

 Score by innings
Oakland	        340 000 200-9
Los Angeles	300 000 000-5

 Los Angeles	ab r  h  bi  ave
Furcal ss	4  1  2  0  .226
 Hu pr-ss	1  1  0  0  .273			
Hudson 2b	4  0  0  0  .217
Castro 2b	0  0  0  0  .417
Ramirez lf	2  1  1  0  .500
 Mota p	        0  0  0  0  .000
 Troncoso p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Paul lf-cf	0  1  0  0  .333
Ethier rf 	3  1  1  1  .257
 Repko pr-cf	0  0  0  0  .222
Kemp cf 	4  0  1  3  .263	
 McGee pr-lf	0  0  0  0  .000
Loney 1b  	3  0  2  1  .250
 DeWitt ph	1  0  0  0  .274
Blake 3b 	3  0  0  0  .227
 Ellis c	1  0  0  0  .296
Ausmus c	3  0  1  0  .333
 Belisario p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Maza ph	1  0  0  0  .111
Kershaw p   	1  0  0  0  .400 
 Tomlin ph	1  0  0  0  .000
Broxton p	0  0  0  0  .000
M'kwicz lf-3b-1b 1  0  0  0  .289  	
-----------------------------------------
 Totals	        35 5  8 5
 Oakland	39 9 12 8

 Error- Ramirez (1), Hudson (2), Two-base hits-
Ethier (4), Furcal (2). Kemp (4). RBI- Ethier 
(7), Kemp 3 (15), Loney (8). SB- Loney (2).
LOB- Los Angeles , Oakland 7. DP- Furcal and
Loney.

 Los Angeles	 in  h r-er bb so  era
Kershaw (2-1)	4.0  7  7-6  2  1  5.11
Broxton	        1.0  1  0-0  0  0 12.27
Mota	        1.0  0  0-0  0  1  2.45  
Troncoso	1.0  4  2-2  0  0  5.91
Belisario	2.0  0  0-0  0  0  0.00
 HBP- by Kershaw 2. T- 2:51.  Att- 5,509.
	








	

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