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Kemp & A White-Hot Furcal Sweep Away Giants

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After a pair of 4-2 victories to start the series, the Dodgers swept away the Giants with a laugher, 8-2.  The offense was led by white hot Rafael Furcal, a welcome back performance by Matt Kemp, and a deuces wild game by Jamey Carroll.

Furcal had four hits, including his third home run of the season, a two-run shot in the fifth inning.  Over his last 10 games, Furcal has 22 hits in 45 at-bats, with four doubles, a triple, and a home run, with 14 runs scored.  On the season, Furcal is hitting a robust .333/.382/.488.

Kemp returned to the lineup today, and collected three hits of his own, including his team-leading 13th home run.  Carroll had two doubles in two at-bats to go along with two walks, but he screwed up the pattern by collecting three, not two, walks.

Vicente Padilla continued the string of strong Dodger starts, by pitching seven innings, allowing only a single run on a home run by Aaron Rowand.  Dodger starters have six quality starts in their last eight games, and have a collective 3.00 ERA while averaging 6.38 innings per start.

The Dodgers got through a series without using Jonathan Broxton, only using Hong-Chih Kuo once (although for some reason Kuo was warming up with a six-run lead with two outs in the ninth inning), and they still won all three games. The Dodgers take tomorrow off before the well-rested bullpen starts a three-game series in Arizona on Friday.

WP - Vicente Padilla (2-2):  7 IP, 3 hits, 1 run, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts

LP - Jonathan Sanchez (6-2):  5 IP, 6 hits, 5 runs (4 earned), 2 walks, 4 strikeouts

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