This was the kind of the game the
Monday night, they did.
Playing at home with
The victory was significant, if only because what once felt like a guarantee for the Dodgers has ceased to be a given.
They have won only 13 times in their 30 games at
"We needed this," Kershaw said.
Kershaw, who limited the White Sox to two runs and four hits over eight innings, improved to 4-2. The Dodgers moved to within seven games of the first-place
Kershaw was nearly perfect on this night, his only significant mistake coming in the fourth inning, when he served up a two-run home run to first baseman Jose Abreu.
'I thought Clayton was just dominant tonight," Manager
Kershaw retired the first 10 batters he faced. He didn't allow a White Sox player to get into scoring position. He struck out nine.
But if not for some unintended help from the White Sox, the Dodgers might have wasted another solid pitching performance.
All five runs the Dodgers scored against starter
In other words, the Dodgers were presented with the rare opportunity to face a team with a defense as bad as theirs. The Dodgers and White Sox each began the game with 44 errors, tied for fourth-worst in the major leagues.
The White Sox made three errors Monday night, including two in the sixth inning.
Three more hits resulted in four more runs.
"That's what happens when you put balls in play," said third baseman
Arruebarrena picked up Abreu at the White Sox's hotel and they rode together to Dodger Stadium.
Puig and Abreu talked at the stadium, with a television camera and a Dodgers public relations official nearby.
"We all have to thank God for allowing us to be here," Abreu said in Spanish. "It's an unforgettable moment."
Even though the Dodgers and White Sox share a complex in Arizona, Puig and Abreu barely spoke in
"The only opportunity we had was before our teams faced each other in Arizona," Abreu said. "Today was the most time we've had. We hadn't seen each other in two years."
Abreu, who was once the most valuable player of the Cuban league, said Puig always played with a special flair.
"When he started playing for us in Cienfuegos, he played like that," Abreu said. "He's done well playing like that."