07/27 01:42 CDT Dodgers hold off Rays 3-2
Dodgers hold off Rays 3-2
By TOM CONNOLLY
LOS ANGELES (AP) --- Bud Norris is soaking up his time with the surging Los
Norris pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning, and the Dodgers held off
the Tampa Bay Rays for a 3-2 win on Tuesday night.
"I've had some down years in my career, but this is what it is all about,
winning baseball games and being in a pennant race," Norris said.
Norris (6-9) allowed two hits and walked two in 6 1/3 innings in his longest
outing since he was acquired in a June 30 trade with Atlanta. Yasmani Grandal
homered against Chris Archer in the seventh as Los Angeles (57-44) won for the
fourth time in five games to remain 2 1/2 back of NL West-leading San Francisco.
"I knew it was gone," Grandal said. "When you hit a ball on the sweet spot and
the guy is throwing 96 or 97 miles per hour you pretty much know the ball is
Tampa Bay scored two runs in the eighth, but the rally fizzled from there.
Kenley Jansen worked the ninth for his 30th save in 35 chances.
Archer (5-14), a potential trade target for contenders ahead of Monday's
non-waiver deadline, struck out eight while pitching seven solid innings. He
was charged with three runs, one earned, and four hits.
"It was a good outing but we lost," Archer said. "It's hard for me to look at
personal performances when you lose. I could have done better."
Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said it was Archer's best start of the season.
"He attacked the strike zone and threw 71 percent strikes," he said. "He's
definitely not a 5-14 pitcher. We made mistakes and they took advantage of it."
Los Angeles used two errors to grab a 2-0 lead in the third.
Joc Pederson reached with one out when first baseman Steve Pearce dropped
second baseman's Logan Forsythe's throw. Pederson advanced on Norris' sacrifice
and went to third when Chase Utley reached on Archer's high throw to first.
Corey Seager and Justin Turner then hit consecutive RBI singles. Seager
extended his hitting streak to nine games.
"Earlier in the year we weren't winning games like this," Dodgers manager Dave
Roberts said. "For us as a team to win that one-run game is obviously a huge
Brad Miller hit an RBI double and Logan Forsythe scored on a wild pitch to trim
Los Angeles' lead to 3-2 in the eighth. Luis Avilan got Kevin Kiermaier to pop
up with the tying run on third to end the rally.
Los Angeles left fielder Howie Kendrick went 0 for 3, stopping his 16-game
hitting streak. The Rays dropped to 5-16 in July.
Rays: RHP Chase Whitley (Tommy John surgery) is scheduled for a minor league
rehab start on Saturday.
Dodgers: OF Yasiel Puig did not start for the fifth consecutive game due to a
hamstring strain. Andrew Toles replaced Puig in right field and went 0 for 3.
Norris struck out Kiermaier in the fourth inning for his 1,000th career
Rays: LHP Matt Moore (6-7, 4.31 ERA) will start Wednesday's game.
Dodgers: RHP Brandon McCarthy (2-0, 1.61 ERA) will pitch in the series finale
Wednesday. In his last outing, McCarthy gave up two runs in 6 1/3 innings.