Dodgers pound Astros, complete sweepAug 14, 2011 - 11:38 PM Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Dioner Navarro, Matt Kemp and Justin Sellers blasted home runs as the Los Angeles Dodgers completed a three-game sweep of the Houston Astros with a 7-0 victory.
Hiroki Kuroda (8-14) tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing five hits and a walk while striking out six in the Dodgers' first sweep since they beat San Diego in three consecutive games from July 8-10.
"His speeds varied and he kept us off balance," Astros manager Brad Mills said about Kuroda. "He was able to spot his pitches and throw strikes."
Blake Hawksworth pitched a perfect eighth and Hong-Chih Kuo needed just nine pitches in the ninth to complete the shutout.
Jordan Lyles (1-7) allowed seven runs on seven hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings as Houston dropped a season-high sixth straight game.
Los Angeles started the onslaught with Navarro's two-run home run in the second inning. James Loney led off the frame with a single prior to Navarro's shot over the wall in right-center.
Kemp added to the lead in the third with his career high-tying 28th homer of the year.
Kemp led off the sixth with a single, stole second and scored on Aaron Miles' single back up the middle. Navarro worked a walk two batters later, and Sellers followed by blasting his first career home run into the bleachers in left field, making the score 7-0.
"Being in the minors seven years, I've always had the confidence I could play here. It's an awesome feeling," Sellers said about his homer.
Kuroda allowed baserunners in the first, second and fourth innings, but did not allow a runner to reach second until the fifth, when Angel Sanchez singled with two outs and Carlos Corporan was hit by a pitch. Lyles fanned on a 1-2 pitch to end the inning.
The only other time Houston put a runner in scoring position was in the seventh, when a Jimmy Paredes walk put Brian Bogusevic on second with one down. But Angel Sanchez followed by grounding into a 4-6-3 double play.
Kuroda is now 3-0 against Houston in seven career starts...Lyles is major league baseball's youngest player at 20 years, 10 months old...Los Angeles took the season series, 5-4, with the win...The Dodgers finished a six-game homestand with a 3-3 record.
- HOUSTON: 0
LOS ANGELES: 7
Aug 14 6:56 PM
- Justin Sellers one-out, three-run Home Run (1) to left scored Aaron Miles and Dioner Navarro. Hiroki Kuroda due up.
Astros 0, Dodgers 7 Bot 6, 1 OutAug 14 5:57 PM
- Aaron Miles single to center scored Matt Kemp with none out. On the play, Aaron Miles advances to second on the throw. Runner on second and James Loney due up.
Astros 0, Dodgers 4 Bot 6, 0 OutsAug 14 5:52 PM
- Matt Kemp two-out, solo Home Run (28) to center. Aaron Miles due up.
Astros 0, Dodgers 3 Bot 3, 2 OutsAug 14 5:05 PM
- Tony Gwynn Jr. popped out to short to end the inning.
Astros 0, Dodgers 2 End 2Aug 14 4:51 PM
- HOUSTON: 0
LOS ANGELES: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
Aug 14 4:12 PM
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