Dodgers Salvage Win Over Astros Thanks To Navarro Home Run

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Dioner Navarro Home Run Gives Dodgers 1-0 Win Over Astros

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Dioner Navarro collected two of the Dodgers' three hits, including a solo home run in the eighth inning that lifted Los Angeles to a 1-0 win over the Houston Astros. James Loney had the only other hit for the Dodgers, who snapped a five-game losing streak. Matt Guerrier (3-3) worked a scoreless eighth to earn the win for Los Angeles.

Chris Johnson smoked two doubles and Jeff Keppinger added the other hit for Houston, which has lost 12 of its past 16 games. Wilton Lopez (1-3) yielded Navarro's home run to absorb the loss for Houston. Javy Guerra pitched a perfect ninth to notch his second save of the season.

The Dodgers scored the only run of the game on a mammoth blast to center by Navarro, his second home run of the season. "I knew he didn't want to walk me, so I was looking for a pitch to hit," Navarro said. "Hiroki [Kuroda] kept us in the game, he got ahead of hitters, and we were on the same page all game."

Houston put runners on first and second in the second inning via a double by Johnson and a walk to Clint Barmes. Both runners advanced after a wild pitch, but the Astros weren't able to capitalize as Carlos Corporan fanned to end the inning. Johnson led off the seventh with a line-drive double but was stranded there as Dodgers starter Hiroki Kuroda bore down to retire the next three Astros hitters and keep the game scoreless.

Kuroda went seven scoreless innings, giving up three hits while striking out six and walking two. Houston starter Bud Norris pitched six strong innings, yielding only one hit while fanning five and walking one. "Dioner's home run late in the game was right on time. Hiroki was great, that was his game. Hopefully this is the start of something big," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said of his team's performance.

Facing Sergio Escalona in the seventh, Andre Ethier worked a lead-off walk and Loney stroked a single to give the Dodgers runners on first and second with one out. Los Angeles was unable to break the deadlock, as Lopez induced an inning-ending 5-4-3 double play from Casey Blake.

Game Notes

Prior to Sunday's game, the Dodgers placed catcher Rob Barajas on the 15-day DL and recalled A.J. Ellis from Triple-A Albuquerque...Astros center fielder Michael Bourn was ejected in the fifth by home-plate umpire Jeff Nelson after arguing a called third strike...The Astros fell to 14-21 on the road this season...The win snaps a six-game home losing streak for Los Angeles.

For more news and information on the Dodgers, or on today's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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Dodgers Place Rod Barajas On Disabled List, Recall A.J. Ellis From Triple A Albuqerque

Before Sunday's series finale with the Houston Astros, the Dodgers placed catcher Rod Barajas on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right ankle. Barajas injured the ankle in Saturday's game with Houston, and left in the fifth inning. Barajas had his foot in a boot on Sunday morning. A.J. Ellis was recalled from Triple A Albuquerque to take his place.

Barajas is second on the Dodgers with eight home runs this season, but is hitting just .220/.262/.385. Ellis began the season with the Dodgers, with Dioner Navarro on the DL, and had four singles and four walks in 19 plate appearances. The 30-year old Ellis was hitting .307/.482/.426 in Triple A this season.

Here are today's starting lineups:

Astros (27-45)

Bourn CF
Bourgeois RF
Keppinger 2B
Lee LF
Wallace 1B
Johnson 3B
Barmes SS
Corporan C
Norris P

Dodgers (31-41)

Gordon SS
Uribe 2B
Ethier RF
Kemp CF
Loney 1B
Blake 3B
Thames LF
Navarro C
Kuroda P

Today's 1:10 p.m PDT game will be televised by Prime Ticket. For more news and information on the Dodgers, or on today's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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Dodgers Activate Hong-Chih Kuo From Disabled List

Before Sunday's series finale with the Astros, the Dodgers activated relief pitcher Hong-Chih Kuo from the disabled list. Kuo was placed on the DL on May 11 with an anxiety disorder, as the left-hander experienced the yips for the second time of his career. To make room for Kuo on the active roster, the Dodgers optioned Ramon Troncoso to Triple A Albuquerque.

After a few weeks working at the Dodgers complex in Glendale, Arizona, Kuo pitched four minor league games on a rehab assignment. In 3 2/3 innings over four games, two each with Class A Rancho Cucamonga and Triple A Albuquerque, Kuo allowed one hit and one walk, and struck out seven of the 14 batters he faced.

Kuo on the season has allowed seven runs (six earned) in 4 2/3 innings, with six walks and eight strikeouts. He is the second reliever the Dodgers have activated from the disabled list in two days, as Kenley Jansen was activated on Saturday.

Today's 1:10 p.m PDT game will be televised by Prime Ticket. For more news and information on the Dodgers, or on today's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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Dodgers Look For First Win Of Homestand (In Game 6) On Sunday Against Astros

The Dodgers head into Sunday looking for their first win of the homestand. Unfortunately for them, today is their sixth game of 12 at Dodger Stadium, hoping to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Houston Astros, the team with the worst record in the National League. The Dodgers have allowed seven runs for three straight games, but it has been anything but a jackpot. Hiroki Kuroda looks to break the spell today.

Kuroda, however, is in a tailspin of his own. He has lost each of his last five starts, though part of the problem has been a lack of support, as the Dodgers have scored just nine runs in those five games. On the season, Kuroda has a 3.31 ERA with 69 strikeouts against just 22 unintentional walks in 89 2/3 innings, but his record is just 5-8.

Bud Norris starts for Houston in the finale of the three-game series. The Astros have beaten the Dodgers in four of five contests this season. Outfielder Hunter Pence hyper-extended his left elbow sliding into first base on Friday, and headed back to Houston yesterday for an MRI.

The Dodgers are 15-21 at Dodger Stadium this season, and have lost six straight games at home. That is their longest home losing streak since 2007.

Today's 1:10 p.m PDT game will be televised by Prime Ticket. For more news and information on the Dodgers, or on today's game, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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