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Kershaw dazzles
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Dodgers 5, Astros 2
Casey Blake avoids the tag of the Astros' Humberto Quintero in the sixth. (Jill Weisleder/Dodgers)
Thanks to Clayton Kershaw's seven shutout innings, the Dodgers still have not lost three consecutive games this season. The young left-hander allowed just two singles and struck out five, taking advantage of three sixth-inning runs to win his fifth straight decision.
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Series at a glance:
HOU
Houston (46-45)
Lost 1
LA Dodgers 5, Houston 2   LAD
LA Dodgers (57-34)
Won 1
July 18, 2009
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Houston
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0   2 6 1
LA Dodgers
2 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 X   5 8 1
Standings thru 7/18/09  |  Recap: HOU | LAD  |  Gameday  |  Astros stats  |  Dodgers stats
Houston AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Matsui, K, 2B 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 .255
Keppinger, 3B 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 .268
Tejada, M, SS 3 0 1 0 1 1 1 .329
Lee, Ca, LF 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 .307
Pence, RF 4 0 0 0 0 3 3 .295
Coste, 1B-C 3 1 1 0 1 1 2 .243
Michaels, CF 3 1 1 1 0 0 1 .179
  c-Berkman, PH 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .269
  2-Rodriguez, W, PR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .029
Quintero, C 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 .241
  a-Erstad, PH 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .185
  1-Bourn, PR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .284
  Wright, W, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Arias, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  d-Rodriguez, I, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 3 .255
Hampton, P 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .310
  Fulchino, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  b-Blum, PH-1B 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .282
Totals 32 2 6 1 3 9 16  

a-Singled for Quintero in the 8th. b-Struck out for Fulchino in the 8th. c-Walked for Michaels in the 9th. d-Struck out for Arias in the 9th.
1-Ran for Erstad in the 8th. 2-Ran for Berkman in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Coste (9, McDonald, Ja).
TB: Tejada, M; Keppinger; Erstad; Lee, Ca; Michaels; Coste 2.
RBI: Michaels (7).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Keppinger; Rodriguez, I 2.
GIDP: Quintero.
Team RISP: 2-for-7.
Team LOB: 6.

BASERUNNING
SB: Bourn (33, 2nd base off Troncoso/Martin, R).

FIELDING
E: Hampton (1, throw).
DP: 2 (Quintero-Keppinger, Matsui, K-Tejada, M-Coste).

 
LA Dodgers AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Furcal, SS 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 .254
Hudson, O, 2B 4 2 3 1 0 0 0 .295
Ramirez, M, LF 4 0 1 0 0 0 2 .338
  Broxton, J, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Blake, 3B 2 1 0 0 2 2 1 .283
Kemp, RF-CF 4 1 1 2 0 1 3 .315
Loretta, 1B 3 0 1 1 0 1 2 .243
  Loney, 1B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .279
Martin, R, C 3 0 1 0 0 1 1 .257
Kershaw, P 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 .138
  a-DeWitt, PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .154
  McDonald, Ja, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Leach, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Troncoso, P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Ethier, RF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .248
Pierre, CF-LF 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .318
Totals 30 5 8 4 2 6 11  

a-Flied out for Kershaw in the 7th.

BATTING
2B: Ramirez, M (12, Hampton).
3B: Hudson, O (4, Hampton).
TB: Loretta; Furcal; Ramirez, M 2; Kemp; Hudson, O 5; Martin, R.
RBI: Hudson, O (49), Kemp 2 (52), Loretta (17).
2-out RBI: Loretta.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Martin, R.
GIDP: Pierre.
Team RISP: 2-for-6.
Team LOB: 3.

BASERUNNING
CS: Blake (2, 3rd base by Hampton/Quintero).

FIELDING
E: Pierre (1, fielding).
DP: (Blake-Hudson, O-Loretta).

 
Houston IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hampton (L, 5-7) 5.2 7 5 4 2 4 0 4.63
Fulchino 1.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.67
Wright, W 0.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5.30
Arias 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1.47
 
LA Dodgers IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Kershaw (W, 8-5) 7.0 2 0 0 1 5 0 2.95
McDonald, Ja 0.0 2 2 2 0 0 0 5.34
Leach 0.1 1 0 0 0 1 0 4.05
Troncoso (H, 9) 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.73
Broxton, J (S, 21) 1.0 1 0 0 2 3 0 3.02

Wright, W pitched to 1 batter in the 8th.
McDonald, Ja pitched to 2 batters in the 8th.

WP: McDonald, Ja, Leach.
IBB: Blake (by Hampton), Blake (by Hampton).
Pitches-strikes: Hampton 92-56, Fulchino 13-8, Wright, W 4-3, Arias 16-10, Kershaw 103-66, McDonald, Ja 10-7, Leach 8-5, Troncoso 12-8, Broxton, J 23-12.
Groundouts-flyouts: Hampton 7-3, Fulchino 3-1, Wright, W 0-0, Arias 0-1, Kershaw 5-4, McDonald, Ja 0-0, Leach 0-0, Troncoso 2-0, Broxton, J 0-0.
Batters faced: Hampton 24, Fulchino 4, Wright, W 1, Arias 3, Kershaw 23, McDonald, Ja 2, Leach 2, Troncoso 2, Broxton, J 6.
Inherited runners-scored: Fulchino 1-0, Arias 1-0, Leach 1-1, Troncoso 1-0.
Ejections: Houston Astros Manager Cecil Cooper ejected by 1B umpire Casey Moser (8th)
Umpires: HP: Mike DiMuro. 1B: Casey Moser. 2B: Dale Scott. 3B: Jerry Meals.
Weather: 79 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 8 mph, Out to CF.
T: 2:51.
Att: 48,298.
Venue: Dodger Stadium.
July 18, 2009
July 18, 2009

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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