Ex-Lookout (2013) Yasiel Puig made L.A. rookie history with four more hits, Hanley Ramirez continued his barrage at the plate and former Lookout (2011) Stephen Fife earned his third victory as the Dodgers beat the Phillies, 6-1, on Sunday afternoon at Dodger Stadium to win their second straight series and complete a 6-1 homestand.
The Dodgers are 8-2 in their past 10 games and have climbed within four games of the D-backs in the National League West. A week ago, the Dodgers were 9 1/2 games off the pace in the division. They have an opportunity to gain even more ground before the All-Star break, as they close the first half with 13 straight games against division opponents.
Puig tripled, doubled and had two singles to go with two stolen bases and two runs scored. The Cuban sensation finished June with 44 hits, the most for a Dodgers rookie in a single month since the club moved to Los Angeles in 1958 and second in history in the first month of a career only to Joe DiMaggio's debut with the Yankees in May 1936.
Ramirez extended his hit streak to 12 games with an RBI single in the fourth to score Puig. The shortstop has five homers, three doubles, 15 RBIs and nine runs scored during his streak. The Dodgers are 8-4 in those games.
Matt Kemp and Jerry Hairston Jr. also contributed RBI singles in the fourth, as the Dodgers took a 3-0 lead.
That was more than enough support for Fife, who fired seven scoreless innings for his best outing of the year. The rookie struck out five against one walk and allowed four hits.
Since joining the rotation in early June, Fife is 3-2 and hasn't allowed more than three earned runs in any of his six starts.
Another former Lookout (2013), Jose Dominguez, promoted from Triple-A on Saturday, made his Major League debut in the eighth. The hard-throwing right-hander tossed a 1-2-3 inning and struck out the first batter he faced, Delmon Young.
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