Hiroki Kuroda, usually a victim of poor run support, had all the support he needed as the Dodgers smashed three home runs and scored seven runs to sweep the weekend series against the Jordan Lyles and the Houston Astros on Sunday , 7-0.
Rookie Dodger short stop Justin Sellers connected on his first home run of his career, a three-run shot, off of Lyles in the sixth inning to left field in the Dodger bullpen.
The other two home runs were hit by Matt Kemp and Dioner Navarro. Kemp’s blast to right center field in the third inning was his 28th of the season, matching his career high total when he hit 28 home runs last season. Kemp also stole his 31st base of the year, only needing two home runs for his first 30-30 season.
Navarro’s home run was his fifth of the year, hitting it batting lefty, where he has hit four of his five home runs this season.
Kuroda pitched seven innings, allowing five hits, no runs, one walk, a hit batter, and six strikeouts to achieve his 8th win of the season. No Astros player reached on third base, and only once on second.
Lyles had another rough outing to his rookie season as he allowed seven earned runs in 5.1 innings of work. He struck out three and walked three and also allowed three home runs, totally 13 home runs in his 84.1 innings pitched this season.
The Dodgers travel to Milwaukee and play a four-game series against the Brewers, who have won 10 of their last 11 games. Ted Lilly will take the mound against former Dodgers pitcher, Randy Wolf. Game scheduled at 5:10 PT.
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