Gordon heats up after return to lineup

Gordon heats up after return to lineup

LOS ANGELES -- Dee Gordon's bat has come alive recently since returning to the lineup on May 22 against Arizona. The shortstop has gotten a hit in each of his four games since being benched because of struggles through the beginning of the season.

He hit a double in the fourth inning Saturday night against the Astros, scoring the go-ahead run at the time on a Tony Gwynn single. Gordon finished the night 2-for-4 as the Dodgers won in walk-off fashion, 6-3.

Hitting in the eighth spot instead of leadoff, Gordon has gone 6-for-16 since being benched, and he has raised his batting average 17 points. He was in a 2-for-31 slump, while hitting .200 on the season, before the benching.

He said he's been working on getting his rhythm back and finding ways to get on base since being taken out of the lineup.

"I still have a lot of work to do, but I'm feeling a little better," Gordon said.