After everything the
Back in the pennant race.
Behind the pitching of
The Dodgers remain almost as hot as the weather, winning eight of their last nine games to pull within four games of the
They may still be in last place, but they've gained 5 1/2 games in the standings since June 22. They've played 81 games, exactly half their season, and if many of those have been forgettable, they at least now feel like a team headed in the right direction.
The Dodgers got it going Sunday afternoon by breaking out with three runs against
Puig, naturally, started it with the second of his four hits in five at-bats. On the day, he had two singles, a double and turned a bloop hit into a triple. And he stole two bases.
His four hits gave him 44 in June, a new record for a Los Angeles Dodgers rookie in a single month.
Puig has joined some impressive company outside the Dodgers. Only one player in major-league history has ever had more hits during the first month of his career -- Joe DiMaggio for the
Puig’s hit in the fourth went off the glove of third baseman
Kendrick balked Kemp to second, an
The Dodgers added one more in the fifth after a little Puig blooper fell harmlessly in right and he flew to third for his first career triple, scoring on an
The Dodgers pushed it to 6-0 with a pair of runs in the eighth. Kemp singled and scored on a double by Ellis, and pinch-hitter
Rookie reliever Jose Dominquez made his major-league debut in the eighth, throwing a scoreless inning and striking out his first batter,
Fife threw seven scoreless innings for the Dodgers and had to make some wonder why they would be interested in Miami’s
In his six June starts since coming off the disabled list, Fife has posted a 2.21 earned-run average.