Dodgers 2, Red Sox 0

The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

LOS ANGELES -- Look out baseball, the Los Angeles Dodgers are streaking again.
And not even the American League East-leading Boston Red Sox could stop them Friday on a picturesque night in Tinseltown.
Back home after winning five of seven games on a short trip east, the Dodgers got another productive night from starter Ricky Nolasco and one big blast from Hanley Ramirez to beat the Boston Red Sox 2-0 at Dodger Stadium.
That's five straight victories for the again-surging Dodgers, who moved a season-high 24 games above .500. They are 19-3 in August and 29-5 since the All-Star break
Nolasco went eight innings, giving up two hits with six strikeouts for his 10th win of the season.
Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth for his 22nd save -- converting his 15th straight opportunity - with a 1-2-3 inning.
Carl Crawford and Ramirez both had two hits, with Ramirez's two-run blast off Boston starter John Lackey the difference in the game.
Lackey didn't pitch poorly, but with the way the Dodgers are clicking in all areas, all it took was one bad pitch and he was doomed.
Lackey went eight innings and gave up three hits while striking out six -- the problem being one of those hits was a two-run homer.
Lackey was coasting through the first three innings, but the Dodgers got to him in the fourth when Crawford led off with a single and Ramirez drove fastball over the center-field fence to put the Dodgers up 2-0. It was the 13th home run of the year for Ramirez.
Lackey pitched effectively but got little help from a Red Six offense handcuffed by Nolsaco, who cruised through six innings while giving up just two hits while striking out five with no walks.
NOTES: With the minor league season ending in just over a week, diminishing the chance for Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp to play some rehab games before coming off the disabled list, Kemp had an eventful workout Friday in hopes of igniting his comeback. He ran the bases -- including making hard cuts -- and went through batting practice. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said it was the best Kemp has looked running in some time. Kemp has been on the disabled list with a sprained left ankle. The Dodgers would prefer he played in some minor-league games before returning to the big club, but the longer the injury lingers, the more they have to consider other options. "I'm hoping he can get in to a game or two," Mattingly said. "If not, we'll have to work something else out and set some stuff up." ... Before the game, the Dodgers announced that Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully will return next year for his 65th season.

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