No matter how well the Dodgers have hit during this run since June 22nd it has been the pitching that really brought the Dodgers to their first double-digit division lead since 1977. The Dodgers returned home and the pitching just kept on rolling as Ricky Nolasco and Kenley Jansen combined for the team's 18th shutout beating the Red Sox 2-0. The game featured more former Red Sox players on the LA Dodgers than vice versa former Dodger and Red Sox outfielder Reggie Smith threw out the first pitch and he spoke fondly of both stops during his brief interview. Lackey and Nolasco started off the game in fine form Nolasco allowing just one hit while Lackey retired the first 9 Dodgers in order. The duel continued until the bottom of the 4th former Red Sox Carl Crawford lined a solid single for the Dodgers first hit Yasiel Puig popped out. Adrian Gonzalez lined out to deep right center. After Ramirez got behind Crawford stole second on a wild pitch. Hanley Ramirez with a line drive home run to right center to give Nolasco and the Dodgers a 2-0 lead. The Red Sox tried to rally in the top of the 5th getting consecutive singles to put runners on first and second. Then a groundball went into Juan Uribe's glove and a 5-4-3 double play ended that threat.
Dodgers shut out Red Sox, win 4th in row
True Blue L.A. | Aug 24