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Dodgers Double Up 3rd Place Team In NL West

A three-run double by Matt Kemp was enough support for Hiroki Kuroda, who threw a solid 6.1 innings as the Dodgers won the first game of the three-game series at AT&T Park, 4-2 over the Giants.

Jonathan Sanchez looked good early for the Giants, striking out four in a row at one point, but the Dodgers rallied in the fourth.  A one-out single by Manny Ramirez was followed by walks to Casey Blake and Orlando Hudson, leading to Kemp's game-changing double down the left field line.  Mark Loretta, starting at first base in place of a slumping James Loney for the second straight game, followed with an RBI single to make the lead 4-1 at that point.

The lone run scored off Kuroda came off the bat of Travis Ishikawa, whose second inning home run opened the scoring.  The Giants added another run via the longball when Bengie Molina demolished a Jonathan Broxton fastball into the left field stands in the ninth inning.   The Giants were able to get the tying run to the plate in the ninth inning, but Broxton was able to close the door, picking up his 25th save.

Loretta and Manny Ramirez each had two hits for the Dodgers.

Orlando Hudson left the game after the seventh inning with an apparent groin strain.  Manager Joe Torre said after the game Hudson would likely be out for Tuesday night's game.

On the postgame show on Prime Ticket, it was reported that Chad Billingsley is expected to make his next start, Monday at home against the Cardinals.

Randy Wolf, who will try to follow Kuroda's lead of evening his record, faces off against feel-good story Joe Martinez tomorrow night.

WP - Hiroki Kuroda (5-5):  6.1 IP, 6 hits, 1 run, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts

LP - Jonathan Sanchez (5-10):  5 IP, 5 hits, 4 runs, 3 walks, 6 strikeouts

Sv - Jonathan Broxton (25):  1 IP, 2 hits, 1 run

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