That ripple of momentum arrived on a warm Sunday afternoon when the Dodgers downed the
The Dodgers welcomed an encouraging start by Capuano, who easily had his best appearance of the season. Actually, it was his best appearance since he held the Marlins scoreless for eight innings with 10 strikeouts last Aug. 12.
After two early relief appearances, Capuano had made a pair of starts separated by a stint on the disabled list with a strained calf. In his two starts, Capuano had thrown a total of six innings, giving up 10 earned runs and 13 hits while striking out two.
On Sunday he went 6 1/3 solid innings, holding the Marlins to one run and five hits and striking out seven. This was big-time progress, weak-hitting Marlins or not.
For a rotation that has lost
Van Slyke, starting for sore-necked
The Dodgers went up, 2-0, in the fourth inning when
Capuano gave up his only run in the sixth, when Justin Ruggiano hit a solo home run to left field.
But it was all Dodgers from then on. They gave the bullpen some room to work by scoring three times in the seventh inning.
Kemp singled twice Sunday, his second the 1,000th hit of his career. By at-bats, he is the third fastest Los Angeles Dodger to reach the mark.