Puig gets 4 hits in Dodgers win

Associated Press  |  Last updated June 30, 2013
Yasiel Puig ended his sensational first month in the major leagues with his first four-hit game, Stephen Fife scattered four hits over seven scoreless innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-1 Sunday. Puig finished June with 44 hits, surpassing the 42 by Pittsburgh's Bob Elliott in September 1939 for the second-most in a player's first full calendar month in the major leagues. Joe DiMaggio had 48 in May 1936. Puig also eclipsed the Los Angeles Dodgers' record for most hits in a month by a rookie, set by Steve Sax in August 1982. The Cuban-born right fielder got his first major league triple in the fifth inning and scored on Adrian Gonzalez's double for a 4-0 lead. Puig singled his first two times up and stole second base both times. He scored the game's first run in the fourth inning on a single by Hanley Ramirez. Matt Kemp and Jerry Hairston Jr. also had RBI singles that inning. The only reason Puig led off the fourth was because Fife was picked off first base by catcher Carlos Ruiz for the final out in the third. Puig doubled in the seventh. A.J. Ellis had an RBI double among his three hits and threw out two baserunners trying to steal, helping lead the Dodgers to their eighth victory in nine games. He finished the month with a .436 average, 16 RBIs and seven home runs. Fife (3-2) had five strikeouts in his second straight win. The right-hander has a 2.21 ERA over in six starts since being inserted into the rotation on June 3. Jose Dominguez, promoted from Triple-A on Saturday, pitched a perfect eighth inning in his big league debut. The righty struck out his first batter, Delmon Young, on a fastball that registered 101 mph on the Dodger Stadium speed gun. Kyle Kendrick (7-5) gave up four runs and 10 hits in six innings. The right-hander was saved by his batting helmet in the sixth when a pitch glanced off the back of it as he tried to duck out of the way. Fife squatted on the front slope of the mound, showing concern for Kendrick before the Phillies pitcher went to first base. Pitching coach Rick Honeycutt came out to settle down Fife, who included Michael Young to hit into a forceout and got Chase Utley to ground into an inning-ending double play. Philadelphia's Tyan Howard, back in the lineup after sitting out the previous two games because of left-handed starters, was 0 for 4 with three strikeouts. The 2006 NL MVP is hitless in his last 20 at-bats with 11 strikeouts. Jimmy Rollins had a two-out RBI single in the ninth. NOTES: A day after the Dodgers announced that RHP Josh Beckett will have season-ending surgery to treat the thoracic outlet syndrome in his neck, the 13-year veteran and three-time All-Star talked about what lies ahead. ''This surgery has a good track record, and I think it's going to put me in a better position than I was,'' he said. ''We tried a lot of aggressive treatments. We tried old stuff. We tried new stuff. Stuff other people have tried. Unfortunately, nothing did the trick.'' Beckett was 0-5 with a 5.19 ERA in eight starts, and will begin next season 64 2-3 innings shy of the 2,000 mark. ... Phillies CF Ben Revere was 9 for 16 in the series and finished June with a. 354 average. ... The Dodgers designated 10-year veteran RHP Matt Guerrier for assignment and promoted rookie RHP Chris Withrow from Triple-A Albuquerque. Guerrier was 2-3 with a 4.80 ERA in 34 relief appearances. Withrow made three appearances for the big club earlier this month before he was optioned to the minors. ... Dodgers LF Carl Crawford, sidelined since June 2 because of a left hamstring strain, began a minor league rehab assignment Sunday with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga. Starting that game against Lancaster was LHP Ted Lilly, who hasn't pitched for Los Angeles since June 4 because of a neck sprain.
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