Dodgers Score Four In First Inning, Roll To 8-3 Win

For more information, please visit True Blue LA

  • Live
4 Total Updates since August 8, 2010
  • Updates 4
  • All Updates 4

Carroll Leads Dodgers To Win Over Nationals

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Jamey Carroll went 3-for-3, knocked in two runs and scored twice to lead the Dodgers in an 8-3 victory and series win over Washington to cap a three-game set from Chavez Ravine.

Ted Lilly (5-8) won his second straight start in Dodger Blue, allowing five hits and three runs while striking out six and walking none in six innings. The newly-acquired lefty bested the NL West front-running Padres last Tuesday in a 2-1 final.

James Loney, A.J. Ellis and Jay Gibbons, in his first big league appearance since 2007, each contributed a run driven in to the win, Los Angeles’ fourth in six games since losing six straight. Reed Johnson provided a late two-run, pinch-hit single.

Washington’s Jason Marquis (0-4), back after a 3 1/2-month stay on the disabled list because of elbow surgery, lasted into the fifth inning and was charged with five hits and five runs, only two of those earned.

Mike Morse and Justin Maxwell hit solo home runs as Washington lost its third game in four tries.

The Dodgers jumped on Marquis for four runs in the first and never looked back. A bit of small ball generated a big inning, as Scott Podsednik walked and stole second. Ryan Theriot reached on a sacrifice bunt courtesy of a Marquis error, then swiped second. The throw from Wil Nieves behind the plate sailed past second and scored the lead runner.

Andre Ethier kept things moving with a walk and Loney ripped a single to left for a 2-0 game. Carroll later sent a base hit back through the middle to plate two more for a four-run lead.

Morse and Maxwell went back-to-back against Lilly with one out in the second, but consecutive doubles from Carroll and Ellis in the fourth put the Dodger lead at three.

Nieves doubled leading off the fifth, was sacrificed to third by Marquis and scored on an Alberto Gonzalez sacrifice fly. That would be all for Washington, though, and LA got a pair of clutch pinch hits — a two-out RBI single from Gibbons in the sixth and Johnson’s two-run base knock in the eighth — to polish off the win.

Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal was held out of the lineup for a second straight game with a strained lower back…Gibbons played for the Orioles from 2001-07 before becoming a part of the infamous Mitchell Report, which detailed the alleged steroid use among numerous players. He played for the Newark Bears of the Atlantic League last season. To make room for Gibbons, the Dodgers designated outfielder Garret Anderson for assignment. Anderson was batting just .181 with two homers and 12 RBI in 80 games this season, his 17th in the majors and first with Los Angeles…To make room on the roster for Marquis, lefty Ross Detwiler was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to August 6, with a right hip strain…Maxwell and Ian Desmond had two hits apiece for the Nats…Ronnie Belliard scored three runs and had two hits for LA…The Dodgers head to Philadelphia for a three-game series beginning Tuesday…Washington hosts Florida for three games starting the same day.


Today's Dodgers-Nationals Lineups

Here are today’s lineups:

Gonzalez 2B
Desmond SS
Zimmerman 3B
Dunn 1B
Willingham LF
Morse RF
Maxwell CF
Nieves C
Marquis P

Podsednik LF
Theriot 2B
Ethier RF
Loney 1B
Kemp CF
Belliard 3B
Carroll SS
Ellis C
Lilly P


Dodgers Designate Garret Anderson For Assignment; Jay Gibbons Called Up

The Dodgers announced a roster move before today’s game:

#Dodgers designate Garret Anderson and purchase the contract of Jay Gibbons.

Anderson struggled all season for the Dodgers, hitting just .181 in 163 plate appearances, with a .204 on-base percentage and .271 slugging percentage.

Gibbons, 33, was hitting .347 with 19 home runs and 83 RBI in 94 games with Triple A Albuquerque this season. He hasn’t played in the majors since 2007 with Baltimore. Gibbons was one of several players cited in the Mitchell Report and was suspended for the first 15 games of the 2008 season for admitting he used Human Growth Hormone.


Dodgers Hope Ted Lilly's Second Impression As Good As His First

(Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Dodgers will shoot for a series win over the Washington Nationals this afternoon, when the two ballclubs wrap up a three-game set from Chavez Ravine.

The Dodgers are coming off last night's 3-2 victory in 10 innings, as James Loney singled home Ronnie Belliard for the game-winning run. Matt Kemp plated a run on a sacrifice fly and starter Hiroki Kuroda pitched seven innings of two-run ball in the no-decision.

Closer Jonathan Broxton posted the win with two scoreless innings of relief.

"It would have been a downer if we didn't pull this one out. Kuroda did a great job. He was electric after the first inning," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said after his club pulled within six games of San Francisco for the wild card lead and seven games of frontrunning San Diego in the NL West.

Dodgers shortstop Rafael Furcal missed the game with a strained lower back, and could be in the lineup Sunday.

Los Angeles has won three of five games since losing six in a row. It hopes to stay in the win column with Ted Lilly on the hill Sunday, and the newcomer won his Dodger debut in Tuesday's 2-1 win over the rival Padres. Lilly lasted seven innings and gave up just a run and two hits with five K's.

Lilly, who was acquired from the Cubs before the trade deadline, is 4-8 with a 3.56 earned run average this season and will face Washington for the eighth time in his career. The left-hander is 3-3 with a 2.20 ERA against the Nats.

Washington has alternated wins and losses over its last eight games and suffered a hard-luck loss last night at Dodger Stadium.

Ryan Zimmerman belted a two-run homer in the first inning to provide the scoring for the Nationals, who got a strong start from veteran starter Livan Hernandez. Hernandez was reached for two runs -- one earned -- and five hits through seven innings of work. Sean Burnett fell to 0-6 in relief when he permitted Loney's game-winning single.

"Hernandez continues to give us seven innings. It wasn't that we lost it defensively. We had a chance to win it, we couldn't score enough runs," said Nationals manager Jim Riggleman.

Jason Marquis hopes the Nats will put some runs across the scoreboard when he takes the hill today. Marquis hasn't taken the mound since April 18 versus Milwaukee after having surgery to remove bone chips in his throwing elbow. The right-hander wasn't able to get an out against the Brewers and yielded seven runs and four hits.

Marquis has yet to pitch past 4 1/3 innings in three starts this season, and is 0-3 with a 20.52 ERA. In 12 career matchups (11 starts) with Los Angeles, Marquis owns a decent 5-2 mark to go along with a 2.29 ERA.

The Nationals took two of three at home over the Dodgers back on April 23-25 and have won eight of the last 13 meetings overall.

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation Los Angeles

You must be a member of SB Nation Los Angeles to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Los Angeles. You should read them.

Join SB Nation Los Angeles

You must be a member of SB Nation Los Angeles to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation Los Angeles. You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.