New additions help Dodgers edge Astros 3-2 to prevent sweep

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers finally got the best of the Houston Astros and it took a pair of players not on last year's World Series roster to do it.

Brian Dozier delivered a two-run double in the first inning and Manny Machado had three hits with two runs scored as the Dodgers defeated the Astros 3-2 on Sunday.

With the Dodgers struggling for offense against the team that beat them for the World Series title in seven games last fall, it was the new additions who came through. Machado was acquired from Baltimore during the All-Star break and Dozier came over from Minnesota at last week's trade deadline.

''You really never know what you're going to get when a guy goes to a new club, but I think the intent, the at-bat quality to a man with those two guys has been very consistent,'' Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. ''The results will be there, but I just like the approach on every pitch.''

George Springer and Tony Kemp homered for the Astros, who took the weekend series by winning the first two games.

A two-time All-Star, Springer exited in the third with left thumb discomfort after he was thrown out trying to steal second base. It's unclear how long the 2017 World Series MVP might be sidelined.

''At first, I thought it was the base that caught him and then when I got out there both (Chris) Taylor and Dozier told me that the glove clipped his (left) hand,'' Astros manager AJ Hinch said. ''He was in a lot of pain. It bothered him, so it was an easy decision to bring him out. He is going to get evaluated. Other than that I have no idea.''

New reliever Roberto Osuna did not pitch in his first game on the active roster for Houston. Osuna was reinstated from the restricted list after serving a 75-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy. The All-Star closer was acquired Monday in a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays while he was still serving his suspension.

Before the game, Osuna met his new Astros teammates and addressed the club for 10 minutes in a closed-door meeting.

Springer's home run to open the game was his 19th of the season. He has 24 career leadoff homers, six this season.

Dodgers starter Walker Buehler (5-4) gave up two runs and four hits over 5 1/3 innings with two walks and eight strikeouts. Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth for his 31st save.

Astros starter Gerrit Cole (10-4), a product of nearby UCLA, allowed three runs on six hits in five innings with one walk and eight strikeouts.

''Poor slider command today. I had to find a second option after that,'' Cole said.

After Springer homered, the Dodgers responded quickly on Dozier's two-run double with two outs in the first.

The power-hitting second baseman has five extra-base hits and seven RBIs in five games (four starts) with the Dodgers.

''First of all, it was a big win to salvage while facing a real good pitcher in Gerrit Cole,'' Dozier said. ''I think we got to him a little bit. We squared him up a few times early on and kind of rattled him a little bit and he made some mistakes.''

Cody Bellinger made it 3-1 with an RBI double in the third. Kemp's homer cut it to 3-2 in the fifth.

Jake Marisnick, who replaced Springer in center field, reached over the wall to rob Taylor of a home run in the sixth.

The Dodgers hit three more Astros batters with pitches, and Springer was knocked down by an inside fastball from Buehler. In the series, Los Angeles pitchers plunked seven Houston hitters.

''If they are hitting us then they are pitching inside,'' Hinch said. ''I think a couple of them were breaking balls. To be honest, I hadn't thought about it.''

OLD COLLEGE TRY

Kemp struck out and homered against Buehler - the two were teammates at Vanderbilt in 2013. Buehler knows the home run will carry more weight, though.

''I'll hear about it, but we won so it was OK,'' he said.

Kemp led Vanderbilt to the 2011 College World Series, while Buehler was on the Commodores' 2014 and 2015 College World Series clubs.

''I don't know if I get bragging rights, but Walker did a good job today,'' Kemp said. ''He pitched above the zone, he used his fastball well and got ahead with the curveball. It felt good to get a homer off him right there, but in the end we didn't win.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Astros: RHP Lance McCullers Jr. was placed on the 10-day disabled list because of right elbow discomfort and sent back to Houston to be examined by team doctors. ... 2B Jose Altuve (right knee soreness) was sent back to Houston for further examination, with Hinch saying it ''feels like'' a setback in the sense that Altuve will not come off the DL when he is eligible this week.

Dodgers: OF Yasiel Puig was unavailable after feeling some oblique soreness a week after returning from the DL. ... OF Matt Kemp (bruised left ankle) was able to pinch-hit. ... 3B Justin Turner (right groin strain) was given the day off to ease him back into regular playing time after he came off the disabled list Thursday.

UP NEXT

Astros: RHP Charlie Morton (12-2, 2.90 ERA), who has won five of his last six decisions, will open a two-game series at San Francisco on Monday.

Dodgers: LHP Rich Hill (4-4, 3.63) starts Tuesday in the opener of a two-game series at Oakland against the team that dealt him to the Dodgers at the 2016 non-waiver trade deadline.

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  • W: W. Buehler (5-4)L: G. Cole (10-4)S: K. Jansen (31)
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  • b-lined out for Harris in the 7th
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  • a-struck out for Floro in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Bregman (36)
  • HR - G. Springer (19), T. Kemp (4)
  • RBI - G. Springer (58), T. Kemp (21)
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Machado (23), C. Bellinger (23), B. Dozier (24), E. Hernandez (9)
  • RBI - C. Bellinger (50), B. Dozier 2 (59)
  • 2-Out RBI - B. Dozier 2 (22)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - G. Springer (4)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - C. Bellinger (7)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Taylor-Dozier-Muncy; Alexander-Dozier-Muncy)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
G. Cole (L, 10-4)5.06331802.640.994.0
W. Harris1.00000104.241.213.5
R. Pressly2.01000403.291.297.0
PITCHERSIP
G. Cole (L, 10-4)5.0
W. Harris1.0
R. Pressly2.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
W. Buehler (W, 5-4)5.14222823.631.0618.0
D. Floro (H, 5)1.20000202.591.174.0
S. Alexander (H, 15)1.00001003.421.282.0
K. Jansen (S, 31)1.01000102.190.929.5
PITCHERSIP
W. Buehler (W, 5-4)5.1
D. Floro (H, 5)1.2
S. Alexander (H, 15)1.0
K. Jansen (S, 31)1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - G. Cole 99-66, W. Harris 13-7, R. Pressly 29-20
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Cole 5-2, W. Harris 1-1, R. Pressly 1-1
  • Batters Faced - G. Cole 22, W. Harris 3, R. Pressly 7
PITCHING
  • HBP - W. Buehler 2 (4), D. Floro
  • Pitches-Strikes - W. Buehler 91-56, D. Floro 20-11, S. Alexander 9-5, K. Jansen 14-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Buehler 4-3, D. Floro 1-1, S. Alexander 2-0
  • Batters Faced - W. Buehler 23, D. Floro 5, S. Alexander 3, K. Jansen 4
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A. Bregman SS20100100.277.382.524.9064.0
M. Gonzalez 2B30100111.233.318.375.6921.5
T. White 1B40100024.269.387.481.8680.0
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  • a-fouled out for Pressly in the 9th
  • b-lined out for Harris in the 7th
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  • a-struck out for Floro in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Bregman (36)
  • HR - G. Springer (19), T. Kemp (4)
  • RBI - G. Springer (58), T. Kemp (21)
BATTING
  • 2B - M. Machado (23), C. Bellinger (23), B. Dozier (24), E. Hernandez (9)
  • RBI - C. Bellinger (50), B. Dozier 2 (59)
  • 2-Out RBI - B. Dozier 2 (22)
BASERUNNING
  • CS - G. Springer (4)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - C. Bellinger (7)
FIELDING
  • DP - 2 (Taylor-Dozier-Muncy; Alexander-Dozier-Muncy)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
G. Cole (L, 10-4)5.06331802.640.994.0
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R. Pressly2.01000403.291.297.0
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PITCHERSIP
G. Cole (L, 10-4)5.0
W. Harris1.0
R. Pressly2.0
Total8.0
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W. Buehler (W, 5-4)5.14222823.631.0618.0
D. Floro (H, 5)1.20000202.591.174.0
S. Alexander (H, 15)1.00001003.421.282.0
K. Jansen (S, 31)1.01000102.190.929.5
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PITCHERSIP
W. Buehler (W, 5-4)5.1
D. Floro (H, 5)1.2
S. Alexander (H, 15)1.0
K. Jansen (S, 31)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - G. Cole 99-66, W. Harris 13-7, R. Pressly 29-20
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Cole 5-2, W. Harris 1-1, R. Pressly 1-1
  • Batters Faced - G. Cole 22, W. Harris 3, R. Pressly 7
PITCHING
  • HBP - W. Buehler 2 (4), D. Floro
  • Pitches-Strikes - W. Buehler 91-56, D. Floro 20-11, S. Alexander 9-5, K. Jansen 14-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - W. Buehler 4-3, D. Floro 1-1, S. Alexander 2-0
  • Batters Faced - W. Buehler 23, D. Floro 5, S. Alexander 3, K. Jansen 4
  • 5TH INNING
    Kemp homered to right center23
  • 3RD INNING
    Bellinger doubled to left center, Machado scored13
  • 1ST INNING
    Dozier doubled to left center, Pederson and Machado scored12
    Springer homered to center10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Kenley Jansen relieved Scott Alexander
    • T. White: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, White singled to left center
    • Evan Gattis hit for Ryan Pressly
    • E. Gattis: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Gattis fouled out to first
    • M. Stassi: Stassi flied out to center
    • T. Kemp: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Kemp struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Scott Alexander pitching
    • J. Reddick: Strike swinging, Reddick grounded out to second
    • A. Bregman: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bregman walked
    • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Gonzalez grounded into double play pitcher to second to first, Bregman out at second
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • R. Pressly Pitching:
    • M. Machado: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Machado struck out looking
    • Y. Grandal: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Grandal struck out swinging
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Bellinger singled to right center
    • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Bellinger stole second, Ball, Strike swinging, Dozier struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • D. Floro Pitching:
    • M. Stassi: Ball, Stassi hit by pitch
    • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Kemp struck out swinging
    • Yuli Gurriel hit for Will Harris
    • Y. Gurriel: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Gurriel lined out to right
    • J. Marisnick: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Marisnick struck out looking
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Ryan Pressly pitching
    • E. Hernandez: Hernandez popped out to first
    • Matt Kemp hit for Dylan Floro
    • M. Kemp: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Kemp struck out swinging
    • J. Pederson: Pederson grounded out to third
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • W. Buehler Pitching:
    • A. Bregman: Ball, Strike looking, Bregman doubled to deep right center
    • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez walked
    • T. White: Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, White struck out looking
    • Dylan Floro relieved Walker Buehler
    • J. Davis: Ball, Ball, Foul, Davis grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Gonzalez out at second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Will Harris relieved Gerrit Cole
    • B. Dozier: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Dozier grounded out to shortstop
    • M. Muncy: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Muncy struck out swinging
    • C. Taylor: Strike looking, Taylor flied out to deep center
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • W. Buehler Pitching:
    • M. Stassi: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Stassi struck out looking
    • T. Kemp: Ball, Kemp homered to right center
    • G. Cole: Ball, Strike looking, Cole flied out to center
    • J. Marisnick: Ball, Marisnick hit by pitch
    • J. Reddick: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Reddick fouled out to third
    • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • G. Cole Pitching:
    • J. Pederson: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Pederson struck out swinging
    • M. Machado: Ball, Foul, Machado doubled to left
    • Y. Grandal: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Grandal grounded out to shortstop, Machado to third
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Bellinger struck out on foul tip
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • W. Buehler Pitching:
    • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Reddick grounded out to second
    • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Bregman hit by pitch
    • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Gonzalez singled to left, Bregman to second
    • T. White: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, White struck out swinging
    • J. Davis: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • G. Cole Pitching:
    • C. Taylor: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Taylor struck out looking
    • E. Hernandez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Hernandez grounded out to third
    • W. Buehler: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Buehler struck out looking
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • W. Buehler Pitching:
    • T. Kemp: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Kemp struck out swinging
    • G. Cole: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Cole struck out looking
    • G. Springer: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Springer walked
    • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Springer caught stealing, catcher to shortstop
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Jake Marisnick in center field
    • M. Machado: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Machado singled to right
    • Y. Grandal: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Grandal struck out swinging
    • C. Bellinger: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Bellinger doubled to left center, Machado scored
    • B. Dozier: Dozier grounded out to third
    • M. Muncy: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Muncy struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • W. Buehler Pitching:
    • T. White: Strike looking, White popped out to second
    • J. Davis: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Davis struck out swinging
    • M. Stassi: Strike looking, Stassi grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • G. Cole Pitching:
    • C. Taylor: Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Taylor struck out swinging
    • E. Hernandez: Strike looking, Foul, Hernandez doubled to left center
    • W. Buehler: Ball, Strike looking, Buehler grounded out to second, Hernandez to third
    • J. Pederson: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pederson grounded out to first
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • W. Buehler Pitching:
    • G. Springer: Springer homered to center
    • J. Reddick: Strike looking, Reddick grounded out to shortstop
    • A. Bregman: Ball, Ball, Bregman grounded out to third
    • M. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Gonzalez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • G. Cole Pitching:
    • J. Pederson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pederson walked
    • M. Machado: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Machado singled to left, Pederson to second
    • Y. Grandal: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Grandal flied out to right
    • C. Bellinger: Bellinger flied out to center
    • B. Dozier: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Dozier doubled to left center, Pederson and Machado scored
    • M. Muncy: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Muncy struck out on foul tip
    • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)