Los Angeles, CA – Chris Capuano outdueled J.A. Happ in the rubber match of a three-game series, giving the Dodgers a 5-1 win over the Astros.
"Cap was great today," Dodgers catcher Matt Treanor said. "He mixed it up and changed speeds. He's a smart guy making pitches when he has to."
Capuano (7-1) went seven strong, allowing only one run and two hits. The lefty struck out eight and walked two.
"My location of pitches has been good," Capuano said. "I tried to keep the ball down. Matt and I are having fun. Our flow of the game is getting pretty easy. The way our guys are swinging the bats has been a bonus."
Jerry Hairston Jr. set a career high with five hits on the day, including a double, and knocked in a run.
Happ (3-4) struck out a career-high 10 Dodgers and gave up three runs (two earned) in 6 1/3 in the loss.
"That's a first-place team over there," Happ said. "It's frustrating because I wanted to help win this series but we came a little short."
Jose Altuve led off the game with a triple, scoring when Jed Lowrie grounded out, but the Astros only managed one more hit.
The Dodgers' staff struck out 10 Astros and allowed only four base runners on the day.
After falling behind early, the Dodgers quickly responded by tying the game in the second inning. Treanor and Dee Gordon delivered one-out singles to start the rally. After Capuano popped up his bunt attempt for the second out, Tony Gwynn Jr. evened up the score with a base hit.
After helping tie the game, Treanor put the Dodgers on top in the fourth inning with a home run to left-center field.
"I'm just trying to have quality at bats and make something happen," Treanor said.
The Astros then helped the Dodgers expand their lead in the seventh. After Hairston delivered a one-out single, Andre Ethier reached base on Chris Johnson's two-base error. Fernando Rodriguez then replaced Happ and intentionally walked pinch-hitter James Loney to load the bases. Rodriguez then walked Bobby Abreu to force in a run and give the Dodgers and 3-1 lead.
Los Angeles put the game out of reach in the eighth. Gordon led off the inning with a base hit, stole second and scored when Gwynn lined a pitch to center for a single. Two batters later, Gwynn scored on Hairston's fifth hit of the game.
After winning four straight, the Astros have dropped their last two games...The Dodgers have won eight of their last 10 games...Capuano improved to 5-0 at Dodger Stadium...Happ is 0-3 lifetime against the Dodgers...Houston has not won a series on the road since last September 12-14 in Philadelphia...The Astros fell to 1-7 in rubber games this season...The Dodgers improved to a major league-best 21-5 at home...The Dodgers are 10-4-2 in series this season...Capuano produced his eighth straight quality start...Last season, Capuano did not win his seventh game until June 29.