Texas 5, Dodgers 3

Los Angeles Times - - SPORTS - — Bill Shaikin

KEY MO­MENT: The Dodgers trailed, 4-0, af­ter five in­nings. They scored three runs in the sixth — two on a home run from Scott Van Slyke, one on a sin­gle from pinch-hitter ex­traor­di­naire Alex Guer­rero — and they had the po­ten­tial ty­ing and go-ahead runs on base with one out. But the Rangers called on left-han­der Sam Free­man, their third pitcher of the in­ning, and he si­lenced the Dodgers by re­tir­ing two of their most pro­duc­tive hit­ters, strik­ing out Joc Ped­er­son and get­ting Adrian Gon­za­lez to ground out.

AT THE PLATE: Texas rookie slug­ger Joey Gallo hit his fifth home run, this one a 439-foot shot off Clay­ton Ker­shaw that landed deep into the right-field bleach­ers. The Dodgers ac­ti­vated Van Slyke be­fore the game and, in his first at-bat since May 30, he dou­bled. He also hit a home run, his first since May 11. Guer­rero’s hit boosted his av­er­age as a pinch-hitter to .368 (7 for 19); he is bat­ting .265 in all other sit­u­a­tions.

ON THE MOUND: For the first time in 31 home starts, Ker­shaw gave up more than three runs — the sec­ond-long­est streak in the mod­ern era, ac­cord­ing to Elias Sports. Ker­shaw gave up four runs — three earned — in six in­nings. He struck out 10 and walked one. In his last three starts, he has walked five and struck out 32. Ker­shaw is 5-4 with a 3.29 earned-run av­er­age.

EX­TRA BASES: Yasiel Puig led off for the first time this sea­son, the sev­enth player to bat first for the Dodgers this year. The oth­ers: Jimmy Rollins, Joc Ped­er­son, Dar­win Bar­ney, Chris Heisey, En­rique Her­nan­dez and Justin Turner. Man­ager Don Mat­tingly would not say whether Puig would re­main atop the lineup. … The Dodgers opened a ros­ter spot for Van Slyke by putting re­liever Chris Hatcher on the dis­abled list be­cause of a strained oblique. Hatcher said he felt a “twinge” when he last pitched Sun­day and the dis­com­fort lin­gered; he said the Dodgers sent him for an MRI ex­am­i­na­tion Wed­nes­day.

UP NEXT: Zack Greinke (5-2, 1.95) faces the Rangers’ An­thony Ranaudo (0-1, 32.40) on Thurs­day at 7 p.m. at Dodger Sta­dium. TV: Sport­sNet LA. Ra­dio: 570, 1020.

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