A wild pitch by Matt Thornton in the eighth inning scored James Loney from third base and gave the Dodgers a 7-6 win over the Chicago White Sox on Friday night at Dodger Stadium. Kenley Jansen, pitching in his fourth straight game (interrupted by Thursday's off day) retired the side in order in the ninth inning to pick up his 11th save of the season.
Loney singled with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning, was advanced to second base when Dee Gordon walked, and moved to third on a ground ball. He scored on the second wild pitch of the season for Thornton.
Things looked bleak for the Dodgers when ace Clayton Kershaw allowed five runs and the team trailed 5-1 in the sixth inning. But Elian Herrera's two-run double keyed a five-run rally in the bottom of the sixth inning to give the Dodgers a 6-5 lead, and knocked White Sox starter Chris Sale out of the game.
Herrera made his first start in left field on Friday, and despite trailing his left field counterpart Adam Dunn in career home runs 387-0 Herrera brought the power against Chicago. Dunn added to his home run advantage, but Herrera hit two doubles on the night, one from each side of the plate.
Dunn's two-run home run in the top of the first inning, his major league-leading 23rd home run of the season. It continued a trend for Dunn, who has owned Kershaw in his career. Against Kershaw, Dunn is 8-for-13 with four home runs, two doubles, and a walk in his career. Nobody else has more than two career home runs against Kershaw.
The only other person with more than three extra-base hits against Kershaw is Pat Burrell, with three doubles and a home run in 26 career plate appearances.
All four of Dunn's home runs off Kershaw have come at Dodger Stadium. Dunn also walked and scored in the third inning.
- Kershaw allowed five runs for the second consecutive home start, the first time he has ever allowed more than three runs in consecutive starts at Dodger Stadium.
Juan Uribe went 2-for-4 with a double, his first multi-hit game since returning from the disabled list
- Dee Gordon went 1-for-3 with two walks and stole his 21st base of the season. He is two steals behind Tony Campana of the Chicago Cubs for the major league lead.
- Eight of the Dodgers' last 12 games have been decided by one run.
Home Runs: Adam Dunn (23), Alex Rios 2 (8)
WP - Ronald Belisario (2-0): 1 1/3 IP, 1 hit, 1 run, 1 strikeout
LP - Matt Thornton (2-4):1 IP, 1 hit, 1 walk, 1 run, 1 walk, 1 wild pitch, 2 strikeouts
Sv - Kenley Jansen (11): 1 IP, 2 strikeouts