Navarro's HR in 8th lifts Dodgers over Astros 1-0
Saturday, June 18, 2011
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Dioner Navarro homered off reliever Wilton Lopez in the eighth inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Houston Astros 1-0 on Sunday to avoid a three-game sweep.
After a scoreless duel between Dodgers starter Hiroki Kuroda and Houston counterpart Bud Norris, Navarro hit a 2-0 pitch from Lopez (1-3) into the pavilion seats in right-center. Matt Guerrier (3-3) pitched a perfect inning for the win and Javy Guerra got three outs for his second save.
Kuroda allowed three hits over seven innings and struck out six. The right-hander was 0-5 with a 4.39 ERA in his previous five starts, following consecutive scoreless outings of at least seven innings each against Pittsburgh and Milwaukee -- both of which the Dodgers eventually won.