Machado 4 RBIs, Dozier HR for Dodgers in 8-4 win at Rangers
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – Manny Machado drove in four runs, Brian Dozier hit his 20th homer of the season and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Texas Rangers 8-4 on Tuesday night for their fourth win in a row.
Machado’s four RBIs were the most in his 36 games for the Dodgers since being acquired from the Baltimore Orioles last month. The shortstop put Los Angeles ahead to stay with a two-run single in the third, then added a sac fly in the fourth and an RBI single in the sixth. He has nine RBIs the past three games.
Dozier, another midseason addition, had a solo shot for his fourth homer in 24 games since joining the Dodgers from Minnesota. He also had an RBI single.
Enrique Hernandez was 3 for 3 with a walk and a sac fly while scoring twice for the Dodgers. They finished with 15 hits overall, with Machado and Dozier among four players with two each.
Caleb Ferguson (5-2) went 1 1/3 innings as the first of four relievers with scoreless outings before struggling closer Kenley Jansen came on with an 8-2 lead and allowed three hits and two runs in the ninth.
Jansen has giving up runs in each of his four appearances since coming off the disabled list Aug. 20 following a hospital stay due to heart issues.
Dodgers rookie right-hander Walker Buehler, who was 2-0 with a 1.07 ERA in his previous four August starts, threw 84 pitches in four innings. He allowed two runs and four hits, with four strikeouts and two walks.
Texas rookie Ariel Jurado (2-4) gave up three runs and five hits in 2 2/3 innings. The right-hander walked two and struck out one.
Adrian Beltre, baseball’s active career hits leader, had a single in the Rangers ninth for career hit No. 3,141 – matching Tony Gwynn for 18th on the career list. His next hit will tie Robin Yount for 17th.
Dodgers: All-Star right-hander Ross Stripling (lower back) threw off flat ground and says he could probably pitch, but the Dodgers aren’t pushing his return from the disabled list. He hasn’t pitched since Aug. 9. He is scheduled to throw a bullpen Wednesday and could return over the weekend. … LF Joc Pederson started for the first time since fouling a ball of his knee last Wednesday. He did appear in two of the three weekend games against San Diego.
Rangers: CF Delino DeShields (fractured tip right middle finger) started a rehab assignment at Double-A Frisco. … Hard-throwing RHP Matt Bush (right flexor tendon), who hasn’t pitched since mid-June, acknowledged that he likely won’t pitch again this season. He hasn’t been able to throw off a mound yet.
A matchup of lefties and former Braves teammates when Alex Wood (7-6) pitches for the Dodgers against Mike Minor (10-6). They both made their big league debuts with Atlanta, Minor in 2010 and Wood in 2013. Minor missed the entire 2015 season because of injury and Wood was traded midway through that season to Los Angeles. Minor is 4-0 with a 2.73 ERA his last five starts.
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