By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
After a tough early season slump the Dodgers have put together an eight game (at press time) win a streak and 12 of 13 games to turn things around. Clayton Kershaw (7-3) went 7-2/3 innings, struck out six in his first appearance back in Houston since the 2017 World Series as the Men in Blue rolled over Houston 9-2.
“What it felt like being there tonight and pitching after the World Series in 2017. I don’t know how to express it,” said Kershaw. “It did feel like it was a little more important game maybe because it was a full crowd.”
Justin Turner hit a 2-run homer and Chris Taylor had a two-run single as Astros pitchers walked in four runs. “Justin’s always going to give you a good at bat ‘ says Dave Roberts. He figures things out.”
Los Angeles swept the Giants over the weekend as Gavin Lux hit his second grand Slam in a week. Julio Urais ran his record to (6-1) and also had two hits platting three runs against San Francisco.
The acquisition of Albert Pujols appears to give a charge to the club. After Will Smith homered in the second inning.
Pujols in his first at-bat with his new team ripped a ground ball singled scoring Mookie Betts to put the Men in Blue up 2-0 over Arizona.
“I feel like I’ve been here for years,” said the future Hall of Famer. Everyone has welcomed me with open arms, Friedman has made me comfortable and I’ve got great support from my teammates.”
Walker Buehler (2-0) pitched seven scoreless innings giving up just one hit while striking out seven.
Kenley Jansen got his 320th save tying him with Dennis Eckersley for third place All-time.
The following night Gavin Lux ripped his first career grand slam in a 9-1 rout of the Arizona.
Julio Urias (6-1) went 6-2/3 inning allowed just three hits with eight strikeouts.
In the third game of the four-game set Betts had a RBI double and will smith had a Sac fly in a 3-run seventh for a 4-2 come from behind win.
Kershaw gave up a two-run homer and had eight strikeouts working 6-innings. The lefty has eight strikeouts in five starts this season.
In the series finale Pujols hit his first homer as Dodger.
Dodgers skipper said, “There’s an outward focus and preparation He has in the cage.”