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Dodgers keep winning as Kuroda befuddles White Sox

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CHICAGO -- On the night Manny Ramirez started playing ball again, the Los Angeles Dodgers showed why they haven't missed him very much.

"We play the same way every day," catcher Russell Martin said after Tuesday's 5-2 victory over the Chicago White Sox. "Our pitching has been great. You can't really get better than what we're doing right now."

James Loney, whose two-run homer backed Hiroki Kuroda's outstanding pitching, disagreed.

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"I don't think there's a team that [wouldn't want] Manny," Loney said. "When he comes back, it will just make us that much better."

That's a scary thought. The Dodgers have been the top team this season both with and without their star slugger, who on May 7 was suspended 50 games for violating Major League Baseball's drug policy.

While Ramirez was going hitless in two at-bats for Triple-A Albuquerque in his first game since the suspension, the Dodgers were improving to 47-24. They are 26-16 so far without Ramirez. Each mark is an MLB best.

Kuroda (2-3) made winning without Manny look easy, allowing four hits in 8 2/3 innings.

He gave up only Paul Konerko's second-inning homer and Jermaine Dye's single until there were two outs in the ninth. Kuroda then allowed two more hits, including Dye's RBI single, before Jonathan Broxton earned his 18th save by striking out Jim Thome.

"He was terrific as far as his command," manager Joe Torre said. "He's not going to beat you with his velocity. He's going to beat you with his location and movement. He was throwing a lot of strikes. It was nice to watch."

Kuroda fanned nine and walked none in outpitching John Danks (5-6), who again received little support at U.S. Cellular Field. Chicago is last in the AL with 119 runs in home games and has scored two runs or fewer in six of Danks' seven home starts.

Danks allowed three runs on only three hits -- all in the first two innings -- and retired 17 of the final 18 batters he faced over seven innings, but the White Sox lost for the ninth time in their last 12 home games.

"It isn't my department," Danks said of the offense. "My job is to try to keep us in the game. But our guys know how to hit -- and hit a lot. They are proven. It's only a matter of time before our guys get going."

Orlando Hudson's RBI double gave the Dodgers a first-inning lead and Loney's fifth homer made it 3-0 in the second.

Konerko's home run cut the Dodgers' lead to two and that's how things stayed until the eighth, when Casey Blake hit a two-run single off reliever Octavio Dotel.

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was ejected by home-plate umpire Joe West earlier in the eighth for arguing ball-and-strike calls. It was Guillen's second ejection this season and 18th of his career.

"That's the weakest ejection I've ever had," Guillen said. "I asked where the pitch was, he didn't like my question and he kicked me out of the game. He big-leagued me. I'm not going to say much because it might cost me one day without pay and one day without my ballclub."

Notes

  • The Dodgers snapped a 50-year losing streak on Chicago's South Side. They suffered a three-game sweep in 2005 -- the teams' only other meeting here after L.A. beat the White Sox in the 1959 World Series.
  • The Dodgers are 23 games over .500 for the first time since they ended the 2004 season 24 games over.
  • Thome, the Chicago DH who was limited to pinch-hitting duties in the previous eight games at NL parks, went 0 for 4 in his return to the lineup.
 
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Hiroki Kuroda (18) has to leave one out shy of a complete game, but his teammates appreciate the effort.  (AP)
Hiroki Kuroda (18) has to leave one out shy of a complete game, but his teammates appreciate the effort. (AP)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

J. Loney
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Los Angeles

H. Kuroda
IP 8.2
H 4
ER 2
BB 0
K 9
 
Los Angeles Dodgers
Juan Pierre, LF5000002 .329
Rafael Furcal, SS5110001 .248
Orlando Hudson, 2B4111122 .309
Casey Blake, 3B4012011 .300
Andre Ethier, RF1000200 .267
Russell Martin, C3000122 .244
Matt Kemp, CF3100113 .314
James Loney, 1B4122000 .282
Mitch Jones, DH4120010 .375
Totals3357557  
Batting
2B - Rafael Furcal (13, Danks), Orlando Hudson (22, Danks), Mitch Jones (1, Thornton)
HR - James Loney (5, Danks)
RBI - Orlando Hudson (38), Casey Blake 2 (46), James Loney 2 (49)
2-OUT RBI - Casey Blake 2 (22)
SB - Orlando Hudson (6, 2nd base off Dotel/Pierzynski)
CS - Andre Ethier (3, 2nd base by Danks/Pierzynski)
Team LOB - 7
Los Angeles Dodgers
Hiroki Kuroda (W,2-3) 8.2422091 3.44
Jonathan Broxton (S,18) 0.1000010 2.27
Pitches-Strikes - Hiroki Kuroda 103-70, Jonathan Broxton 3-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hiroki Kuroda 12-5
Batters Faced - Hiroki Kuroda 30, Jonathan Broxton 1
Chicago White Sox
Scott Podsednik, LF4000010 .312
Alexei Ramirez, SS4110000 .262
Jermaine Dye, RF4021000 .268
Jim Thome, DH4000022 .244
Paul Konerko, 1B3111011 .289
A.J. Pierzynski, C3000010 .285
Brian Anderson, CF3000030 .245
Chris Getz, 2B3000010 .246
Gordon Beckham, 3B3000010 .185
Totals31242010  
Batting
HR - Paul Konerko (10, Kuroda)
RBI - Jermaine Dye (40), Paul Konerko (44)
2-OUT RBI - Jermaine Dye (9)
Team LOB - 2
Chicago White Sox
John Danks (L,5-6) 7333251 4.43
Matt Thornton 0.2122100 2.67
Octavio Dotel 0.1100210 3.29
Aaron Poreda 1200010 0.00
HBP - Ethier (by John Danks)
Pitches-Strikes - John Danks 106-66, Matt Thornton 13-7, Octavio Dotel 15-6, Aaron Poreda 18-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Danks 7-8, Matt Thornton 1-1, Aaron Poreda 2-0
Batters Faced - John Danks 26, Matt Thornton 4, Octavio Dotel 4, Aaron Poreda 5
Game Information
Attendance - 22251
Game Time - 2:28
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - Ed Rapuano, Second Base - Paul Schrieber, Third Base - Paul Nauert