As ASG voting winds down, Adrian heats up
MIAMI -- Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez stayed hot in Sunday's 2-0 win over the Marlins, going 3-for-5 while notching a key seventh-inning RBI double. The big day pushed the slugger's batting average to .302, to go along with 13 home runs and 48 RBIs.
Gonzalez is currently second in the National League All-Star voting for first basemen. In the latest ballot update, the 33-year-old had 3,329,716 votes, trailing Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt's 5,867,602 votes.
Gonzalez's big hit on Sunday came with two outs in the seventh inning and the Dodgers leading 1-0. Facing Marlins lefty reliever Mike Dunn, Gonzalez ripped a double to the left-field fence to score Howie Kendrick from first and give Los Angeles a two-run cushion.
"Gonzo's hit was big," manager Don Mattingly said. "Any run you get in a game like this is big, so that was a big one for us."
The double was Gonzalez's 23rd of the season -- his first since June 14 -- and pushed him into a tie for the NL lead with Chicago's Anthony Rizzo.
In all, the first baseman has hit safely in seven of his last eight games. During that span, Gonzalez is 12-for-29 (.414) with a double, two home runs and four RBIs.