The Dodgers wrapped up their first series sweep since August with their 7-6 victory over Colorado today.
The game got wild with scoring in seven consecutive half-innings, highlighted by Matt Kemp’s third-inning grand slam. All five runs that inning were unearned for the Dodgers, who had only six hits.
Carlos Monasterios wasn’t able to make it beyond 4 2/3 innings to get his first victory since June, allowing Ramon Troncoso to get his first victory since April 18 (despite allowing two inherited runs to score) and Ronald Belisario his first save since June 29 (despite allowing a run on three baserunners in the ninth).
This was the first time the Dodgers had swept a series after being eliminated from playoff contention since September 12-14, 2003 vs. San Diego.
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3) Kemp’s second consecutive game with a home run gave him 25 for the season, two ahead of Andre Ethier.
4) Kemp’s grand slam continued his final-week push, but James Loney continues to battle, driving in two runs himself. Loney 87, Kemp 83, Andre Ethier 80.
5) Joe Torre remains stuck at 1,996 losses – he will not lose his 2,000th in a Dodger uniform, if ever.
6) Rafael Furcal did not play. A.J. Ellis went 1 for 4; he needs to go 3 for 5 to reach .300. The same finish would get Chin-Lung Hu (3 for 15) to .300.
9) The Dodgers won their magic 10th game since September 1 — 1992 remains the season with their worst September-October in Los Angeles.
10) The worst second-half record the Dodgers can end up with is 29-45, so they’re getting close to being mathematically eliminated from the race. They trail Pittsburgh and Seattle by 2 1/2 games with three to play.
The Bottom Standings:
26-44, .371 Pittsburgh (lost)
26-44, .371 Seattle (lost)
26-43, .377 Kansas City (5:10 p.m.)
29-42, .408 Los Angeles (won)
29-40, .420 Washington (4:05 p.m.)
29-39, .426 New York Mets (doubleheader today)