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Los Angeles Dodgers
It took 14 innings to get a conclusion to Wednesday night’s game for the Los Angeles Dodgers but Hanley Ramirez and A.J. Ellis would make sure it would go no further. The two would hit a pair of solo home runs in the top of the 14th to give the Dodgers a 7-5 victory and the sweep over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Finishing out the road trip in style with a great team win and a 7-2 record the Dodgers have now reached .500 on the season for the first time since April 30th. Not only have they come back from 12 games under .500 but they are now only 1.5 games back of the first place Diamondbacks.
Neither starting pitcher got the job done particularly well on the night. For only the second time this year Dodgers starter Hyun-Jin Ryu didn’t at least complete six innings of work. Also for only the second time, Ryu gave up five earned runs in a game as he allowed seven hits and two walks.
The Dodgers found themselves in 2-0 hole after three innings due to an Aaron Hill solo homer and sac fly. Earlier in the season getting down early would have been about all for a Dodgers team that showed almost no ability to come back. However, that hasn’t been the case of late for a team that is now 15-3 in its last 18 games.
With a score of 2-1 Diamondbacks in the fifth, Ramirez, who had his 19-game hit streak snapped last night, launched a two-run double into deep center that Vin Scully described as “shot out of a howitzer,” to give the Dodgers a 3-2 lead.
The Diamondbacks would answer quickly with Paul Goldschmidt smacking a two-run double of his own to take the lead back at 4-3. The lead would be pushed to 5-3 when Goldschmidt would come around on a Martin Prado single.
It became a battle of the bullpens after the fifth and the Diamondbacks pen would let the Dodgers back in the game. Adrian Gonzalez would hit his 14th homer of the season in the eighth off David Hernandez to pull the Dodgers within one.
Gonzalez would play a crucial role in the ninth with two outs and a 3-2 count against closer Heath Bell. With the Dodgers down to their last strike Gonzalez would work the walk to bring up the hottest man on the planet in Ramirez. The Dodgers cleanup hitter would single to center field to bring up A.J. Ellis with two on. Ellis would single to tie the game and eventually send the game to extra innings.
Ellis is currently on a nine game hitting streak that has seen him hit .385 with 11 RBI.
By the time the 14th inning rolled around the Dodgers bullpen had already tossed eight innings only allowing two hits. Chris Withrow would throw three of those innings to really give his team every opportunity to win it. Kenley Jansen took care of the final two innings to nail down the victory.
The Colorado Rockies will be waiting at Dodgers Stadium to finish the first half with a four game series starting Thursday night.
WP: Kenley Jansen (3-3)
LP: Josh Collmenter (4-2)
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