Another day, another home-run hero catcher. Also five hits from Jerry Hairston Jr., another superb pitching performance by Chris Capuano and, yeah, the Dodgers won again.
One day after catcher A.J. Ellis hit a walk-off, three-run homer, it came to catcher Matt Treanor to break open a tie game with a solo homer to spark the Dodgers to a 5-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Sunday in front of an announced crowd of 33,306.
With Capuano holding the Astros to one run and two hits in his seven innings, it proved more than enough for the Dodgers to raise their home record to 21-5, their best start at Dodger Stadium since 1980.
Capuano’s record went to 7-1, after he allowed only a first-inning run to the Astros.
And Houston’s lone run only came after Tony Gwynn Jr. misplayed Jose Altuve’s leadoff hit, diving and missing, before the ball rolled to the wall and Altuve ended up with a gift triple. Altuve scored on a Jed Lowrie groundout. Gwynn, however, would make amends later.
Otherwise, Capuano was in complete control, making his eighth consecutive quality start and holding the Astros to one other hit over his last six innings. Capuano struck out eight and walked two.
The Dodgers got Houston’s run back in the second inning against J.A. Happ (3-4) after Treanor singled with one out, advanced to second on a Dee Gordon base hit and scored when Gwynn bounced a hit into left.
It remained a 1-1 game until Treanor led off the bottom of the fourth with his solo home – a drive that probably would have stayed in the ballpark if it had not bounced off the glove of center-fielder Justin Maxwell and ricocheted over the top of the wall.
It was Treanor’s second home run of the season, and combined with Ellis, the two catchers are hitting .311 with seven home runs and 28 RBIs.
The Dodgers extended their lead with another run in the seventh inning after Hairston singled for his fourth hit. A two-base error by Chris Johnson and an intentional walk loaded the bases, and pinch-hitter Bobby Abreu drew a walk to force in a run.
The Dodgers added two more in the eighth inning against Houston reliever Enerio Del Rosario. Gordon singled, stole second base, advanced to third on an Adam Kennedy grounder to second and scored on a Gwynn hit.
Gwynn stole second base, Elian Herrera walked and Hairston blooped his fifth hit of the afternoon to score Gwynn. Hairston, just off the disabled list, had only 19 hits entering the game.
The victory raised the Dodgers’ record to 32-15, the best in the major leagues, and maintained their 7 1/2-game lead over the Giants.