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Charlie Culberson providing utility for Dodgers as well

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LOS ANGELES -- Kiké Hernandez wasn't the only one to tie his career high in RBI in Friday night's win over the GiantsCharlie Culberson did the same, driving in three with a pair of hits in his second start of the season for the Dodgers.

Culberson, who drove home the winning run in extra innings last Saturday in San Francisco — in another Clayton Kershaw vs. Madison Bumgarner duel — had a two-run single in the fourth inning and drove home A.J. Ellis with an insurance run in the sixth to provide the final scoring margin.

All while filling in at shortstop for Corey Seager, the second time this season Seager has not started. The other game was also against Bumgarner.

"Many good moments for Charlie tonight, who had a couple hits," manager Dave Roberts said. "Charlie's in there mainly for defense, and he made some tough plays tonight that might go overlooked. He made a couple plays look easy."

Culberson also drove in three runs in a game on Apr. 14, 2014 against the Reds, for the Rockies. He is 4-for-12 (.333) with a pair of doubles on the season and has played third base and left field in addition to shortstop.


Roberts on Kershaw, who got the win: "He gave us seven strong innings like Clayton does, but he didn't have his best stuff. Towards the middle of the game he started to get a feel for that slider. ... That's just the specialty of Clayton. Even when he didn't have his best stuff, he can still dominate a baseball game."

The Dodgers have outscored opponents 10-1 in the fourth inning this season. The only inning with a larger run differential is the first inning, when they have outscored opponents 12-2.

The Dodgers have beaten the Giants five straight times in Los Angeles.

The Dodgers are 10-3 in games on April 15 since the day was officially designated as Jackie Robinson Day in 2004.

Giants roster moves

Before the game the Giants made a pair of roster moves, putting relief pitcher Sergio Romo (right flexor strain) and infielder Ehire Adrianza (broken left foot) on the 15-day disabled list. San Francisco recalled pitcher Derek Law and outfielder Mac Williamson from Triple-A Sacramento.

Both newcmers appeared in the game on Friday night, with Williamson grounding out as a pinch-hitter in the seventh, and Law making his major league debut with a scoreless seventh inning, with a hit allowed and three strikeouts.

Up next

The Dodgers try for a fourth straight win on Saturday night, with Scott Kazmir facing off against Johnny Cueto in a rematch of last Sunday in San Francisco. Saturday's game is a 6:10 p.m. PT start.