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Dodgers pound Burnett to even series with visiting Yankees

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LOS ANGELES -- James Loney is as low-key on the field as he is away from it. With little fanfare, he's topped the 50-RBI mark with a couple weeks to spare before the All-Star break.

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Scott Miller
The Yankees skipped Phil Hughes' start this time around in deference to his innings-pitched count, but it was A.J. Burnett who again pitched like the guy who needs to be skipped. Read more

Loney tied a season high by driving in four runs to help the Los Angeles Dodgers defeat the New York Yankees 9-4 on Saturday, tying the teams' second regular-season series at a game apiece.

That gave him a team-leading 51 RBI a night after going hitless in four at-bats and getting thrown out for complaining about striking out to end the game.

"Not so many strikes today. I got some in the hole," he said. "Guys are getting on base a lot and I'm just trying to produce at those times."

Loney had RBI singles with the bases loaded in consecutive at-bats in the third and fourth innings. He's got his sights on a 100-RBI season.

"That would be special. I've never done that before," he said.

The Dodgers, who lost the opener 2-1 Friday night, stopped a season-worst four-game home losing skid. They've dropped 10 of 14 overall to fall out of first place in the NL West. They'll need another win in the finale Sunday to equal what they did in the clubs' first regular-season meeting in 2004, when they took two of three.

It was manager Joe Torre's first victory against the Yankees since leaving as their manager in 2007.

"It's important because they're the world champions and they're dangerous," he said. "Every time we face somebody we have to measure ourselves. It certainly doesn't hurt your confidence when you go out and beat this team."

The Yankees' three-game winning streak ended against the team they've beaten eight times in 11 World Series meetings, while their lead in the AL East shrank to two games.

Hiroki Kuroda (7-5) allowed four runs and seven hits in 5 1-3 innings, struck out five and walked three for just his second win in his past seven starts.

A.J. Burnett's struggles on the mound continued with his shortest outing of the season. The right-hander (6-7) gave up six runs and six hits in three-plus innings, walked six and struck out five. He's 0-5 with an 11.35 ERA in his past five starts.

"My command got away from me in the third. I had it early. I had unbelievable stuff. I had velocity, I had movement and I had a good hook," he said. "What it comes down to right now is the fact that I have to relax a little bit and have some fun out there. But it's hard to do right now."

Burnett had said a day earlier that he thought his problems were caused by tipping his pitches. He's had family concerns on his mind, too. His 89-year-old grandfather died Friday in Arkansas, where Burnett had gone on Thursday before rejoining the Yankees in Los Angeles.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi is sticking with Burnett, and won't have him skip a start.

"I've been saying all along that he is going to get out of this and he will," he said. "Every great player has been through slumps. I think struggles with pitchers always start with command. Anyone who can command the baseball can have success."

The Dodgers rallied from deficits of 3-0 in the first and 4-2 in the third.

Loney's two-run double on the first pitch from Burnett in the third tied the game at 4. After Burnett loaded the bases for the second time with no outs, Russell Martin hit a double play grounder, giving the Dodgers a 5-4 lead.

They added two runs in the fourth, cashing in when reliever Boone Logan loaded the bases. Loney had an RBI single, with Matt Kemp getting thrown out at the plate on the same play, before Casey Blake's RBI single made it 7-4.

The Dodgers extended their lead to 9-4 in the seventh on an RBI single by Rafael Furcal and an RBI double by Kemp.

In the bottom of the first, the Dodgers got two runs on a ground-rule double by Manny Ramirez and Loney's sacrifice fly.

Mark Teixeira hit a three-run homer in the first for New York. Alex Rodriguez made it 4-2 with a fielder's choice grounder in the third.

Notes

  • The Dodgers drew a season-high 10 walks, including three by Ramirez.
  • Torre, Yankees captain Derek Jeter and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar all attended John Wooden's memorial service at UCLA before coming to the stadium.
  • Yankees RHP Phil Hughes, returns to the rotation Tuesday in Seattle. He'll be followed by RHP Javier Vazquez before LHP CC Sabathia goes on Thursday.
  • Rodriguez and Torre apparently haven't caught up with each other yet.
  • Jeter had a walk, a single and two strikeouts on his 36th birthday. "It was my present," Torre said.
  • Yankees relievers Alfredo Aceves (back) and Sergio Mitre (oblique) are scheduled to throw off the mound Monday at the team's spring training complex in Tampa, Fla. Both are likely to have rehab assignments before returning to the team.
 
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A.J. Burnett's last five starts have been ugly with an 0-5 record and an 11.35 ERA.  (AP)
A.J. Burnett's last five starts have been ugly with an 0-5 record and an 11.35 ERA. (AP)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

J. Loney
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 4
New York

M. Teixeira
AB 5
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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New York Yankees
Derek Jeter, SS4210136 .280
Curtis Granderson, CF2110110 .243
   a- Jorge Posada, PH1000002 .276
    Chan Ho Park, P0000000 .000
    David Robertson, P0000000 .000
   b- Ramiro Pena, PH1000010 .185
Mark Teixeira, 1B5113001 .230
Alex Rodriguez, 3B4011110 .283
Robinson Cano, 2B5010012 .359
Nick Swisher, RF4010012 .293
Francisco Cervelli, C4000001 .279
Brett Gardner, LF-CF3020100 .321
A.J. Burnett, P1000011 .000
    Boone Logan, P0000000 .000
   c- Colin Curtis, PH-LF0000100 .500
   d- Chad Huffman, PH-LF1000002 .125
Totals3548459  
a-flied out for Granderson in the 6th
b-struck out for Robertson in the 9th
c-walked for Logan in the 6th
d-lined out for Curtis in the 8th
Batting
2B - Nick Swisher (15, Weaver)
HR - Mark Teixeira (13, Kuroda)
SH - A.J. Burnett (2)
RBI - Mark Teixeira 3 (48), Alex Rodriguez (52)
SB - Derek Jeter (8, 3rd base off Kuroda/Martin)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Nick Swisher 1
DP - Jeter-Teixeira
E - Nick Swisher (2, Throwing)
New York Yankees
A.J. Burnett (L,6-7) 3666650 5.25
Boone Logan 2211220 4.24
Chan Ho Park 2322100 7.04
David Robertson 1000110 5.18
IBB - DeWitt by A.J. Burnett, Martin by Boone Logan
WP - A.J. Burnett (6)
Pitches-Strikes - A.J. Burnett 79-38, Boone Logan 38-21, Chan Ho Park 30-17, David Robertson 24-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A.J. Burnett 2-1, Boone Logan 1-2, Chan Ho Park 4-2, David Robertson 1-1
Batters Faced - A.J. Burnett 20, Boone Logan 9, Chan Ho Park 10, David Robertson 4
Los Angeles Dodgers
Rafael Furcal, SS5331011 .303
Matt Kemp, CF3111221 .258
Andre Ethier, RF5220003 .318
Manny Ramirez, LF1211300 .313
    Jamey Carroll, 2B1000010 .292
James Loney, 1B4024001 .296
Casey Blake, 3B3011212 .268
Russell Martin, C4110111 .245
Blake DeWitt, 2B1000203 .266
    Reed Johnson, LF0000000 .291
Hiroki Kuroda, P2000022 .000
    Hong-Chih Kuo, P0000000 .000
   a- Garret Anderson, PH1000001 .191
    Jeff Weaver, P0000000 .500
    George Sherrill, P0000000 .000
    Jonathan Broxton, P0000000 .000
Totals309118108  
a-popped out for Kuo in the 7th
Batting
2B - Matt Kemp (15, Park), Manny Ramirez (12, Burnett), Casey Blake (15, Logan)
SF - James Loney (4)
SH - Blake DeWitt (2), Hiroki Kuroda (7)
RBI - Rafael Furcal (21), Matt Kemp (40), Manny Ramirez (38), James Loney 4 (51), Casey Blake (30)
2-OUT RBI - Rafael Furcal (9), Matt Kemp (13), Casey Blake (16)
SB - Rafael Furcal (11, 2nd base off Burnett/Cervelli)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
E - Russell Martin (7, Throwing)
Los Angeles Dodgers
Hiroki Kuroda (W,7-5) 5.1744351 3.27
Hong-Chih Kuo (H,12) 1.2000020 1.16
Jeff Weaver 0.1100100 3.22
George Sherrill 0.1000000 6.50
Jonathan Broxton 1.1000120 0.83
WP - Hiroki Kuroda (6)
Pitches-Strikes - Hiroki Kuroda 110-71, Hong-Chih Kuo 16-11, Jeff Weaver 16-8, George Sherrill 3-3, Jonathan Broxton 19-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hiroki Kuroda 10-2, Hong-Chih Kuo 1-2, Jonathan Broxton 1-1
Batters Faced - Hiroki Kuroda 27, Hong-Chih Kuo 5, Jeff Weaver 3, George Sherrill 1, Jonathan Broxton 5
Game Information
Attendance - 56000
Game Time - 3:49
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Jerry Crawford, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Brian O'Nora, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi