Hiroki Kuroda was dominant tonight, as he used his best outing of the season to help the Dodgers beat the White Sox 5-2 at US Cellular Field. Kuroda gave up only two hits in his first eight innings, one of which was a Paul Konerko homer in the second to cut the Dodger lead to 3-1. Kuroda got the first two outs of the ninth inning, pushing his run to 16 straight batters retired. However, successive hits cut the lead to 5-2, ending Kuroda's evening. He ended up with a season-high nine strikeouts, the second-best game of his career.
The Dodgers got on the board early with a run in the first inning, only their fourth opening-inning run of June. James Loney provided a two-run shot in the second inning, his third home run in four games. A two-run Casey Blake Beard Single provided some eighth inning insurance runs for the Dodgers.
The Dodgers improved to 8-5 in interleague play this season, with five games left against AL foes.
Meanwhile, in Albuquerque, Manny Ramirez began his rehab assignment with a strikeout and a groundout, before leaving the game as scheduled. He is scheduled to play about five innings Wednesday and seven more on Thursday.
WP - Hiroki Kuroda (2-3): 8.2 IP, 4 hits, 2 runs, 9 strikeouts
LP - John Danks (5-6): 7 IP, 3 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts
Sv - Jonathan Broxton (18): 1 batter, 1 strikeout