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Thanks to the young middle infielders, the Dodgers extended their winning streak to six games.
De Jesus hit a two-run double with two outs in the ninth to give the Dodgers the lead and Gordon went airborne to turn a game-ending double play as Los Angeles rallied past the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-7 on Tuesday night.
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"I was just looking for a fastball," said De Jesus, who also had a sacrifice fly to tie the game at 6 in the seventh inning. "I just wanted to be aggressive and I got a good swing. I've been waiting for this moment. I'm happy for this moment, happy to help out to help the Dodgers win games."
De Jesus returned to the Dodgers three days ago from the minors when Mark Ellis was placed on the 15-day disabled list and had recorded a total of four at-bats.
"I'll never forget this game," De Jesus said.
Injuries don't seem to slow the NL West-leading Dodgers.
Los Angeles has won 10 of its past 13 games and is 7-2 without injured center fielder Matt Kemp.
"Guys don't care that Matt's hurt," said Tony Gwynn, who finished with three hits and two RBI. "At the end of the day we've got a job to do."
J.J. Putz (0-3) couldn't close it for Arizona in the ninth. He walked Elia Herrera and Bobby Abreu with one out, and then struck out Andre Ethier. But De Jesus doubled over the head of Chris Young in center, scoring both runners to give the Dodgers their first lead of the game.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly decided not to walk the left-handed hitting Jason Kubel to load the bases for Young, and the strategy worked. Kubel hit a tailor-made double-play ball to De Jesus at second. He flipped to Gordon, who leaped high over a late-sliding Upton to make a one-hop throw to first and complete the double play.
"That was huge, Dee standing in there when he's giving up 60 pounds at least to Justin," Gwynn said.
Jansen earned his seventh save.
"We're playing pretty good baseball and getting runs," Mattingly said. "But for me it all goes back to stay humble and go back to work. There's a lot of baseball left to be played."
Overbay finished with four hits, Josh Bell also homered and Upton drove in a pair of runs and had three hits for the Diamondbacks, who have lost 10 of their past 11 home games.
The Diamondbacks stormed out to a 5-0 lead before the Dodgers used five hits and a pair of errors to start the seventh inning to rally from a 6-1 deficit.
"In the seventh we brought two relieves in and didn't get any outs out of them," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. "We are not playing good enough in that situation against a team that's way too good and very opportunistic and they capitalized on our mistakes."
The bullpen's collapse wasted a solid outing by Arizona starter Trevor Cahill. Cahill scattered six hits over six innings, allowing one run while striking out six and walking three.
Bell gave the Diamondbacks a 2-0 lead in the second with a home run to center off starter Aaron Harang. It was Arizona's first since Upton homered against Colorado on May 17.
Upton hit a run-scoring single in the third and an RBI double in the fifth, and Kubel added a sacrifice fly in the fifth to give the Diamondbacks a 5-0 lead.
The Dodgers broke through against Cahill in the sixth on consecutive infield singles, a wild pitch and a sacrifice fly by Ethier to make it 5-1.
|Dodgers shortstop Dee Gordon goes airborne to turn a game-ending double play to beat the Diamondbacks. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Tony Gwynn Jr., CF||5||2||3||2||0||0||1||.298|
|Elian Herrera, 2B-3B||4||2||1||0||1||1||0||.318|
|Bobby Abreu, LF||3||1||1||1||2||1||2||.292|
|Kenley Jansen, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Andre Ethier, RF||3||0||1||1||1||1||3||.321|
|Adam Kennedy, 3B||2||0||0||0||1||1||1||.232|
|a- Ivan De Jesus Jr., PH-2B||1||0||1||3||0||0||0||.400|
|James Loney, 1B||5||0||0||0||0||1||4||.254|
|A.J. Ellis, C||4||1||2||0||0||1||0||.327|
|Dee Gordon, SS||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||.208|
|Aaron Harang, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||3||.053|
|Scott Elbert, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Jerry Sands, PH||1||1||1||1||0||0||0||.308|
|Ronald Belisario, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Justin Sellers, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.205|
|Josh Lindblom, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Scott Van Slyke, LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.214|
|a-hit a sacrifice fly for Kennedy in the 7th|
|b-doubled for Elbert in the 7th|
|c-struck out for Belisario in the 8th|
|2B - Ivan De Jesus Jr. (1, Putz), Jerry Sands (2, Ziegler)|
|SF - Andre Ethier (3), Ivan De Jesus Jr. (1)|
|RBI - Tony Gwynn Jr. 2 (10), Bobby Abreu (11), Andre Ethier (40), Ivan De Jesus Jr. 3 (3), Jerry Sands (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Ivan De Jesus Jr. 2 (2)|
|CS - Tony Gwynn Jr. (3, 2nd base by Cahill/Blanco), Andre Ethier (1, 2nd base by Cahill/Blanco)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Ellis-Gordon, Kennedy-Herrera, De Jesus-Gordon-Loney|
|E - Aaron Harang (1, Throwing)|
|Los Angeles Dodgers|
|Josh Lindblom (W,2-0)||1||2||1||1||0||0||1||2.42|
|Kenley Jansen (S,6)||1||1||0||0||0||2||0||2.38|
|WP - Scott Elbert (3), Kenley Jansen (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Harang 83-59, Scott Elbert 25-16, Ronald Belisario 20-13, Josh Lindblom 21-14, Kenley Jansen 20-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Harang 4-2, Josh Lindblom 1-2, Kenley Jansen 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Aaron Harang 21, Scott Elbert 6, Ronald Belisario 4, Josh Lindblom 5, Kenley Jansen 4|
|Willie Bloomquist, SS||5||1||2||0||0||2||1||.265|
|Ryan Roberts, 2B||4||1||2||0||0||1||2||.236|
|Justin Upton, RF||5||1||3||2||0||1||2||.254|
|Jason Kubel, LF||4||0||0||1||0||2||4||.280|
|Chris Young, CF||4||0||0||0||0||2||1||.322|
|Lyle Overbay, 1B||4||3||4||1||0||0||0||.370|
|Josh Bell, 3B||4||1||1||2||0||1||2||.286|
|Henry Blanco, C||4||0||3||1||0||1||1||.207|
|Trevor Cahill, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||2||.000|
|a- Aaron Hill, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.234|
|Brad Ziegler, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Craig Breslow, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Bryan Shaw, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|David Hernandez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Gerardo Parra, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.248|
|J.J. Putz, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-lined out for Cahill in the 6th|
|b-lined out for Hernandez in the 8th|
|2B - Willie Bloomquist (8, Harang), Ryan Roberts (6, Harang), Justin Upton (5, Harang), Lyle Overbay (6, Elbert), Henry Blanco (1, Elbert)|
|HR - Lyle Overbay (2, Lindblom), Josh Bell (1, Harang)|
|SF - Jason Kubel (2)|
|SH - Ryan Roberts (2)|
|RBI - Justin Upton 2 (16), Jason Kubel (18), Lyle Overbay (6), Josh Bell 2 (2), Henry Blanco (1)|
|CS - Justin Upton (3, 2nd base by Harang/Ellis)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Blanco-Bloomquist, Overbay-Bloomquist, Roberts-Bloomquist-Overbay|
|E - Josh Bell (1, Misplayed grounder), Brad Ziegler (1, Throwing)|
|Bryan Shaw (BS,1)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.57|
|J.J. Putz (BS,3; L,0-3)||1||1||2||2||2||1||0||7.20|
|WP - Trevor Cahill (4)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Trevor Cahill 104-65, Brad Ziegler 10-7, Craig Breslow 12-7, Bryan Shaw 4-4, David Hernandez 13-10, J.J. Putz 26-15|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Trevor Cahill 7-2, Brad Ziegler 1-0, Craig Breslow 1-0, Bryan Shaw 1-1, David Hernandez 1-0, J.J. Putz 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Trevor Cahill 24, Brad Ziegler 3, Craig Breslow 4, Bryan Shaw 2, David Hernandez 3, J.J. Putz 6|
|Attendance - 25738|
|Game Time - 3:38|
|Temperature - 105|
|Umpires - Home - C.B. Bucknor, First Base - Jim Wolf, Second Base - Victor Carapazza, Third Base - Dale Scott|