Dodgers score on 9th-inning balk by Kela to beat Rangers 1-0

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Dodgers pinch-runner Kike Hernandez scored on a two-out balk by Rangers rookie reliever Keone Kela in the ninth inning, giving Los Angeles a 1-0 victory over Texas on Thursday night.

Kela (4-4), who preserved the Rangers' 5-3 win Wednesday night with his first major league save, walked Yasmani Grandal and Andre Ethier to open the ninth. First baseman Mitch Moreland then turned Alberto Callaspo's grounder into a 3-6-3 double play, but Kela was rattled by Hernandez's bluff toward the plate with Jimmy Rollins at the plate, and was called for the balk.

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen (2-0) got the victory with a perfect ninth inning.

Los Angeles starter Zack Greinke scattered four hits over seven innings, struck out eight and walked none while lowering his ERA to 1.81. The hard-luck right-hander is 0-2 with a 1.99 ERA in his last eight starts.

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