The Dodgers got superb pitching from a pair of rookies, bouncing back from Friday night with a 3-0 shutout win over the Red Sox on Saturday afternoon at Dodger Stadium.
Stripling ran into immediate trouble, with singles to open the game by Mookie Betts and Brock Holt. Two outs later a walk loaded the bases but Sandy Leon, who burned the Dodgers on Friday with 4 RBI, grounded out to end the threat, but not after 25 pitches were added to Stripling’s odometer.
But that was really the only threat against Stripling, who allowed only two more singles and retired 13 of his final 15 batters faced.
Stripling lasted five innings, allowing no runs on four hits, with a walk and four strikeouts. Since his conditioning month to conserve innings, Stripling in the majors has a 1.32 ERA in 13⅔ innings, with 10 strikeouts and three walks.
The Dodgers put together a few rallies of their own against Eduardo Rodriguez, putting the first two on base in the second, fourth and fifth innings.
A.J. Ellis cashed in one run with a two-out RBI single in the second inning, then Corey Seager doubled to score a run in the fifth.
It was the 31st double of the season for Seager, setting a new LA Dodgers rookie record for doubles in a season, one more than Eric Karros, who called Saturday’s game for Fox Sports 1.
Adrian Gonzalez singled home another run in the fifth for his third hit of the day, and a 3-0 lead.
That lead was more than enough for Stripling, then for Grant Dayton as well, the latter adding two scoreless innings of relief, including strikeouts of David Ortiz, Travis Shaw, Andrew Benintendi and Hanley Ramirez.
Dayton, the 28-year-old left-hander the Dodgers acquired from Miami for Chris Reed in 2015, had a 2.42 ERA in 38 games between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City this season, striking out 91 of his 198 batters faced (46 percent).
So far in the majors, Dayton has four scoreless innings, with a walk, a hit by pitch and no hits allowed, striking out six of his 14 batters faced (42.9 percent).
Brandon McCarthy takes the ball for the Dodgers in the series finale, an odd 4:10 p.m. PT start with no ESPN Sunday Night Baseball. The Red Sox will start David Price on Sunday.
Home runs: none
WP - Ross Stripling (3-3): 5 IP, 4 hits, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts
LP - Eduardo Rodriguez (2-5): 4 IP, 8 hits, 3 runs, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts
Sv - Kenley Jansen (33): 1 IP, 3 strikeouts