Dodgers top Twins, 9-4, in first game of doubeheader

Dee Gordon uses his speed to avoid a double play and then steal a base to spark a rally

KEY MOMENT: The Dodgers were trailing, 2-0, and had the bases loaded in the second inning when Dee Gordon hit a ground ball that might have led to an inning-ending double play. But Gordon hustled up the line to beat the relay to first by an eyelash, driving in a run. He then stole second and came home on Yasiel Puig's two-run single, giving the Dodgers a lead they would never relinquish.

AT THE PLATE: It was a great game offensively for the Dodgers, who recorded season highs with nine runs and 15 hits. Puig and Juan Uribe matched career highs with four hits apiece and Miguel Olivo, in his first game of the season, had two hits and drove in two runs. Olivo thereby doubled the number of runs batted in by Dodgers catchers this season.

ON THE MOUND: Dan Haren wasn't at his best but he was good enough to run his record to 4-0, going 6 2/3 innings and giving up three earned runs while striking out seven. J.P. Howell and Chris Perez combined to get the final seven outs, allowing just one baserunner. Perez got the save, his first as a Dodger.

EXTRA BASES: It was a busy — and interesting — game for Gordon. Although he was hitless in five at-bats, he scored one run, drove in one run and stole his league-leading 14th base in 15 attempts. He was also involved in two replay challenges, one in the fifth inning that went the Dodgers' way and another in the eighth that went in favor of the Twins. In the first instance, second base umpire Tim Welke's call that baserunner Brian Dozier had beaten Gordon to second was overturned, completing a Dodgers double play. Later, Welke ruled Gordon had control of the ball on the bag for a force out, which was overturned. Gordon was given an error on that play. … The Dodgers made three errors in the game — two on the same play in the first inning — to give them a Major League-leading 29 in 28 games.

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