. On a night when Hiroki Kuroda clearly had nothing, and the Dodgers were short-handed at short thanks to Rafael Furcal's stiff back, the Dodgers banged out hits and pressured the Mets' defense constantly. The most exciting example of this was Blake DeWitt's inside-the-park home run, his second consecutive game with a homer, and the first at Dodger Stadium since Dave Roberts hit one batting leadoff against Matt Clement on August 9, 2003
. Replays showed Ryan Church came thisclose to catching it, but his glove just missed, and he and the ball ricocheted in opposite directions, leading to the four-bagger. At this rate, Andy LaRoche is going to have to homer in every game from now 'til the All-Star break to crack the starting lineup.
Replacing Kuroda in the fourth, Hong-Chih Kuo had unimaginably good stuff, whiffing eight batters in 3.2 innings. The only other Los Angeles Dodger in history to pull off that stunt in so few outs was Ken Howell on April 24, 1985 at San Francisco, in a game the Dodgers eventually won 4-2. The rest of the bullpen made the lead stick, and Wow. Just, wow.
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