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Dodgers sink D-Backs with walk-off

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LOS ANGELES -- A day after Josh Beckett won his first game with the Dodgers, the team's blockbuster trade paid off again with Adrian Gonzalez's game-winning double in the bottom of the ninth inning.

His hit scored the tying and winning runs in the Dodgers' 5-4 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday to salvage a split of the series in which all four games were decided by two runs or fewer. Los Angeles remained 4½ games behind NL West-leading San Francisco and a half-game behind St. Louis for the second NL wild card.

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Gonzalez had struggled since the Aug. 25 deal that brought him, Beckett, Carl Crawford, Nick Punto to Los Angeles from Boston. He was 6 for 33 in eight games with his new team, then struck out twice and grounded out in his first three at-bats Sunday.

With the Dodgers down to their final two outs, Gonzalez lined an 0-2 pitch into the right field corner off J.J. Putz (1-5).

"I got ahead of Adrian right there and tried to elevate to get him to chase it, but I just didn't get it up enough," said Putz, who gave up a single to Mark Ellis with one out and a walk to Shane Victorino. "The walk is the one that hurts. I was rushing to the plate, trying to be quick and try to keep Ellis from trying to swipe the bag."

Facing a 3-1 count, Victorino was ready to pounce and his aggression carried over to the basepaths.

"I was going to go until Tim [Wallach] told me to stop," said Victorino, who came tearing around from first base to score. "He waved me and I said, `Here we go."'

Matt Kemp celebrated the Dodgers' ninth walk-off win of the season by running up to Gonzalez and soaking him with a container of water during a postgame interview.

"These are fun moments," Gonzalez said. "They don't come too often so you got to enjoy them."

Ronald Belisario (4-1) pitched a scoreless ninth and struck out three while allowing a double to Chris Johnson.

"We haven't played too well at home and it's something we need to do a better job of," Ellis said, noting a walk-off win could be a catalyst. "Sometimes that can get a team rolling. To build off it, you just got to have good at-bats."

Despite blowing an early one-run lead, the Dodgers recovered after winning 2-1 behind Beckett on Saturday night.

"It's a matter of time before this offense gets clicking on all cylinders. We're capable of scoring 10, 15 runs," said Victorino, who joined the Dodgers from Philadelphia a month ago. "Sometimes it takes a certain time to get people going in the same direction."

John McDonald and Miguel Montero each scored a run and drove in two others for the Diamondbacks.

Kemp hit his 18th homer leading off the second to put the Dodgers up 1-0.

Montero's two-run homer with two outs in the fourth inning gave Arizona a 3-1 lead after McDonald's homer leading off the third had tied the score 1-1.

The Dodgers pulled to 3-2 in the sixth on Andre Ethier's RBI groundout to second base that scored Kemp, who walked and advanced to third on a double by Hanley Ramirez.

Arizona extended its lead to 4-2 in the seventh when McDonald reached on an infield single to pitcher Shawn Tolleson, scoring Paul Goldschmidt, who singled, took second on Montero's single, and was sacrificed to third.

The Dodgers made it 4-3 in the bottom of the seventh on Victorino's two-out RBI single that dropped in right field between Chris Young and Justin Upton.

Dodgers starter Chris Capuano gave up three runs and four hits in five innings, struck out four and walked none. He made 78 pitches, his second-fewest of the season.

Arizona rookie starter Wade Miley allowed three runs and nine hits in 6 2-3 innings, struck out three and walked two.

Notes

  • Miley hasn't allowed more than two walks in 24 consecutive starts, extending the longest active streak in the majors this season.
  • RHP Chad Billingsley is considering having another platelet-rich plasma injection in his injured right elbow. Manager Don Mattingly said Billingsley, who had the first one on Friday, is feeling "a little bit optimistic," but Mattingly said the club won't allow him to start throwing until he's pain-free.
  • The Dodgers selected the contract of OF Bobby Abreufrom Triple-A Albuquerque and recalled RHP Chris Withrow from Double-A Chattanooga before placing him on the 60-day DL. Abreu returned after hitting .353 in five games with the Isotopes since being designated for assignment on Aug. 1. He struck out as a pinch-hitter in the ninth.
 
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Mark Ellis greets Shane Victorino, who slides safely at home to seal the Dodgers' come-from-behind victory. (AP)
Mark Ellis greets Shane Victorino, who slides safely at home to seal the Dodgers' come-from-behind victory. (AP)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

M. Kemp
AB 3
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
Arizona

M. Montero
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Chris Young, CF4010002 .224
Aaron Hill, 2B2000110 .296
Justin Upton, RF4000001 .271
Jason Kubel, LF4000012 .261
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B4220010 .284
Miguel Montero, C4122010 .281
Chris Johnson, 3B3010010 .270
John McDonald, SS4122021 .246
Wade Miley, P3000010 .200
    Brad Ziegler, P0000000 .333
    David Hernandez, P00000001.000
    J.J. Putz, P0000000 .000
Totals3248418  
Batting
2B - Chris Young (23, Capuano), Chris Johnson (24, Belisario)
HR - Miguel Montero (15, Capuano), John McDonald (5, Capuano)
SH - Aaron Hill (1), Chris Johnson (1)
RBI - Miguel Montero 2 (76), John McDonald 2 (14)
2-OUT RBI - Miguel Montero 2 (28)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Hill-McDonald-Goldschmidt
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wade Miley 6.2933231 2.90
Brad Ziegler (H,11) 0.1000000 2.45
David Hernandez (H,21) 1000100 2.14
J.J. Putz (BS,4; L,1-5) 0.1222110 3.13
Pitches-Strikes - Wade Miley 102-76, Brad Ziegler 3-1, David Hernandez 13-9, J.J. Putz 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wade Miley 7-9, Brad Ziegler 1-0
Batters Faced - Wade Miley 30, Brad Ziegler 1, David Hernandez 4, J.J. Putz 4
Los Angeles Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Mark Ellis, 2B5120001 .262
Shane Victorino, LF4111102 .258
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B5022020 .293
Matt Kemp, CF3211102 .331
Hanley Ramirez, SS4020000 .257
Andre Ethier, RF3011101 .292
Luis Cruz, 3B4010002 .294
Matt Treanor, C2000111 .168
   a- Adam Kennedy, PH1000001 .262
    Tim Federowicz, C0000000 .000
Chris Capuano, P1000002 .087
   b- Juan Rivera, PH1000001 .238
    Javy Guerra, P0000000 .000
    Shawn Tolleson, P0000000 .000
   c- A.J. Ellis, PH1110000 .281
    Matt Guerrier, P0000000 .000
    Ronald Belisario, P0000000 .000
   d- Bobby Abreu, PH1000010 .245
Totals35511544  
a-popped out for Treanor in the 8th
b-fouled out for Capuano in the 5th
c-doubled for Tolleson in the 7th
d-struck out for Belisario in the 9th
Batting
2B - Adrian Gonzalez 2 (39, Miley, Putz), Hanley Ramirez (26, Miley), A.J. Ellis (17, Miley)
HR - Matt Kemp (18, Miley)
RBI - Shane Victorino (49), Adrian Gonzalez 2 (94), Matt Kemp (55), Andre Ethier (78)
2-OUT RBI - Shane Victorino (18)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Gonzalez-H. Ramirez
Los Angeles Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Capuano 5433042 3.63
Javy Guerra 1000100 2.60
Shawn Tolleson 1311000 4.73
Matt Guerrier 1000010 3.12
Ronald Belisario (W,4-1) 1100030 2.60
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Capuano 78-52, Javy Guerra 15-6, Shawn Tolleson 12-9, Matt Guerrier 9-7, Ronald Belisario 19-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Capuano 4-7, Javy Guerra 2-0, Shawn Tolleson 3-0
Batters Faced - Chris Capuano 19, Javy Guerra 3, Shawn Tolleson 6, Matt Guerrier 3, Ronald Belisario 4
Game Information
Attendance - 31607
Game Time - 3:02
Temperature - 89
Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Tim Timmons, Third Base - Victor Carapazza