LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 27: Matt Treanor #18 of Los Angeles Dodgers is congratulated by Elian Herrera #37 after scoring a run in the second inning against the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium on May 27, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Dodgers Vs. Astros: L.A. Claims Another Home Series Win

The Dodgers are 21-5 at home this season.

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Dodgers Vs. Astros Final Score: Jerry Hairston, Chris Capuano Lead 5-1 L.A. Win

The Los Angeles continued to get expected unexpected contributions from just about everyone in Sunday's 5-1 win over the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium, giving them their seventh series win at home this season.

Chris Capuano allowed a leadoff triple to Jose Altuve, who scored on a groundout. But after that, Houston was unable to put up much of a fight against Capuano, who struck out eight in seven innings while allowing just two hits and two walks. Capuano picked up his seventh win of the season, and has allowed five total runs in five home starts this season.

His catcher, Matt Treanor, homered for the second consecutive game, as part of his 2-for-3 day. Treanor has a six-game hitting streak, with each of those games a start by Capuano.

Jerry Hairston Jr. batted third on Sunday for the first time in his career, part of an ongoing series of interesting lineups by manager Don Mattingly with four regulars out, including Matt Kemp. Hairston responded by collecting five hits, the first five-hit game of his career.

Tony Gwynn Jr. had a pair of RBI singles and is hitting .480 (12-for-25) with runners in scoring position this season. Gwynn also stole two bases, as did Dee Gordon, who was 2-for-2 with a walk, and has a five-game hitting streak.

The Dodgers are now 21-5 at home this season, and welcome the Milwaukee Brewers to town beginning Monday for a four-game series.

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Dodgers Vs. Astros Starting Lineups: Scott Van Slyke, Jerry Sands Get Call On Sunday

The Los Angeles Dodgers look for another home series win on Sunday as they host the Houston Astros in the finale of a three-game weekend series at Dodger Stadium. This is the eighth series of at least three games for the Dodgers this season, and they have won six of the first seven series, including five sweeps. The Dodgers are 20-5 at home this season, tied with the 1980 and 1974 clubs for their best start after 25 home games.

Chris Capuano gets the start for the Dodgers on Sunday, looking for his seventh win and his eighth straight quality start. Matt Treanor is behind the plate for the Dodgers, the sixth consecutive time he has caught Capuano.

With the left-handed J.A. Happ on the mound, right-handers Scott Van Slyke and Jerry Sands get the start on Sunday, at first base and left field, respectively. It is likely that one of them will be optioned to Triple A on Sunday when Matt Kemp is activated from the disabled list.

Here are the starting lineups for Sunday's series finale:

Astros (22-24)

Altuve 2B
Lowrie SS
Martinez LF
Lee 1B
Downs RF
Maxwell CF
Johnson 3B
Snyder C
Happ P

Dodgers (31-15)

Gwynn CF
Herrera 2B
Hairston 3B
Ethier RF
Van Slyke 1B
Sands LF
Treanor C
Gordon SS
Capuano P

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Dodgers Vs. Astros Final Score: A.J. Ellis Walk-Off Home Run Gives L.A. 6-3 Win

A.J. Ellis continued his magical season on Saturday night, hitting a walk-off three-run home run to give the Los Angeles Dodgers a 6-3 win over the Houston Astros in the middle game of a three-game series at Dodger Stadium. The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Dodgers, and improved their home record to 20-5 on the season.

The Dodgers have yet to lose three games in a row this season.

The nine-inning game took three hours and 50 minutes to complete on Saturday night, as both starting pitchers labored. Chad Billingsley struggled early but managed to get through five innings, throwing 99 pitches in the process. Bud Norris threw 43 pitches in the fourth inning alone and left trailing 3-2 with two outs in the fifth inning after a whopping 116 pitches.

The Astros pushed across a run in the eighth inning to tie the game, but that just set the stage for Ellis in the ninth inning.

The 31-year old first year starting catcher hit a total of four home runs in the last three years combined between Triple A and the Dodgers. But now Ellis has five home runs on the season and is hitting .317/.442/.517. The home run was the second walk-off RBI for Ellis in the last nine days, and the fourth of his career.

Chris Capuano starts the series finale for the Dodgers on Sunday afternoon, against southpaw J.A. Happ for Houston.

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Dodgers Vs. Astros: Starting Lineups

The Los Angeles Dodgers have not yet lost three games in a row this season. But as losers of their last two games, they will need to defeat the Houston Astros Saturday night to make sure that trend continues. Chad Billingsley starts the middle game of a three-game weekend series at Dodger Stadium.

One night after facing a pitcher in Lucas Harrell who didn't strike anyone out yet limited the Dodgers to just one run and 16 groundouts, the Dodgers go up against Bud Norris, who averages more than a strikeout per inning on the season.

Elian Herrera starts his eighth game for the Dodgers. The 27-year old utility man is hitting .355 with a .394 on-base percentage and three doubles in 11 games so far for the Dodgers. He is in the lineup again Saturday, hitting second and playing second base. Here are Saturday's starting lineups:

Astros (22-23)

Schafer CF
Altuve 2B
Martinez LF
Lee 1B
Lowrie SS
Bogusevic RF
Johnson 3B
Castro C
Norris P

Dodgers (30-15)

Gwynn CF
Herrera 2B
Abreu LF
Ethier RF
Kennedy 3B
Loney 1B
Ellis C
Gordon SS
Billingsley P

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Dodgers Vs. Astros Game Preview: Chad Billingsley Starts For L.A.

The Los Angeles Dodgers look to snap a two-game losing streak on Saturday night as they host the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium in the middle game of a three-game weekend series. The Dodgers have had five separate two-game losing streaks this season but have yet to lose three games in a row.

Chad Billingsley takes the mound for the Dodgers on Saturday, looking for his first win since April 11. After starting the season 2-0 after two starts, Billingsley has a 5.20 ERA in seven starts, including three losses.

Bud Norris, meanwhile, has given up just two runs in four May starts for the Astros, and has one all four games. With 58 strikeouts in 57 1/3 innings this season, Norris is one of 11 National League starters with at least as many strikeouts as innings.

Despite Friday's 3-1 loss to Houston, the Dodgers are 19-5 at home this season, matching their best start ever at home. The 1947, 1974, and 1980 Dodgers also began their seasons 19-5 at home.

Elian Herrera, the Dodgers' 27-year old rookie, has a six-game hitting streak and is hitting .355/.394/.452 after roughly two weeks in the majors. Herrera has at least one hit in each of his seven starts.

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Dodgers Vs. Astros Final Score: Lucas Harrell Stymies L.A. 3-1

Lucas Harrell pitched into the eighth inning, leading the Houston Astros to a 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday night at Dodger Stadium. The win, which was the fourth straight for the Astros, was the second straight loss for the Dodgers, who fell to 19-5 at home this season.

J.D. Martinez hit a two-run home run in the third inning, and leadoff man Jose Altuve had two doubles and a run scored for Houston. Those were two of four doubles allowed by Clayton Kershaw on the night, and with the home run Kershaw tied a career high with five extra-base hits allowed.

Kershaw lasted seven innings and allowed three runs, two of which were earned, on five hits, but got hung with his second loss of the season. Kershaw walked three and struck out six in the game.

Harrell pitched 7 1/3 innings for the Astros, allowing just one run. He induced 16 groundouts on the night, but failed to strikeout a single batter. Harrell became the first starting pitcher to defeat the Dodgers with no strikeouts since Kyle Kendrick on August 31, 2010.

The Dodgers send Chad Billingsley to the mound on Saturday night in the middle game of the weekend series, facing Bud Norris for Houston.

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Dodgers' Jerry Hairston Jr. Returns From Disabled List

The Los Angeles Dodgers have done remarkably well in May despite losing five different position players to the disabled list. But on Friday night the Dodgers got one of them back, as Jerry Hairston Jr. was activated from the disabled list.

To clear room on the roster, SS Justin Sellers will head to the DL with a lower back injury.

Hairston strained his left hamstring on Sunday, May 6 at Wrigley Field in Chicago while running to first base on a single. He was removed from that game, then missed the next three games while the Dodgers decided how long Hairston would miss. By Friday, May 11 Hairston was placed on the DL after an MRI confirmed a left hamstring strain.

Hairston hit .315/.403/.463 for the Dodgers in 19 games this season, starting eight games at third base, five games in left field, and two more at second base. He missed 16 games, but the Dodgers went 12-4 during that span. Hairston went 0-6 in a pair of rehab games on Wednesday and Thursday in Triple A Albuquerque, playing left field, third base, and second base.

Hairston could soon be joined in Los Angeles by Matt Kemp and Juan Rivera, both currently on the disabled list with a left hamstring strain, the same injury that sidelined Hairston. Kemp and Rivera will play two rehab games with Triple A Albuquerque on Sunday and Monday, and could both be activated by Tuesday.

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Dodgers Vs. Astros Starting Lineups: Jerry Hairston Jr. Returns For L.A.

The Los Angeles Dodgers look to improve on their 19-4 record at home Friday night as they welcome the Houston Astros to Chavez Ravine for a weekend series. Clayton Kershaw starts the series opener for the Dodgers, looking to extend his scoreless streak of 22 consecutive innings.

Lucas Harrell gets the start for Houston, winners of three straight games themselves.

Jerry Hairston Jr. returns from the disabled list tonight after missing 16 games with a strained left hamstring. Hairston is playing third base batting fifth for the Dodgers.

Here are the starting lineups for Friday's series opener at Dodger Stadium:

Astros (21-23)

Altuve 2B
Lowrie SS
Martinez LF
Lee 1B
Downs RF
Maxwell CF
Johnson 3B
Snyder C
Harrell P

Dodgers (30-14)

Gwynn CF
Herrera 2B
Abreu LF
Ethier RF
Hairston 3B
Loney 1B
Ellis C
Gordon SS
Kershaw P

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Dodgers Vs. Astros: Series Pitching Matchups

The Los Angeles Dodgers return home for a seven-game homestand, completing a run of 18 home games in a 23 games to end the month of May. The Dodgers open with a three-game weekend series against the Houston Astros, beginning Friday night.

Here are the pitching matchups for the last time these two teams will meet at Dodger Stadium as National League foes, as the Astros are moving to the American League in 2013.

Friday - Clayton Kershaw (4-1, 1.90 ERA) vs. Lucas Harrell (3-3, 4.09): Kershaw brings a 22-inning scoreless streak into the game.

Saturday - Chad Billingsley (2-3, 3.91) vs. Bud Norris (5-1, 3.14): Billingsley is in search of his first win since April 11, with a 5.20 ERA in seven starts since then.

Sunday - Chris Capuano (6-1, 2.25) vs. J.A. Happ (3-3, 4.96): The Dodgers beat Happ in Houston on April 20, but are just 10-9 against left-handed starters this season.

Friday's 7:10 p.m. PDT game will be televised by Prime Ticket. For more news and information on the Dodgers, be sure to read True Blue LA.

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Dodgers Vs. Astros: Clayton Kershaw Starts Series Opener

Kershaw has a 22-inning scoreless streak heading into Friday's game.

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