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PHOENIX -- The Dodgers were going to head back to Los Angeles from a successful road trip regardless of what happened in their series finale against Arizona.
To close it out with a dramatic comeback and complete a three-game sweep, they couldn't have scripted it any better.
Hanley Ramirez and A.J. Ellis hit back-to-back home runs in the 14th inning after Ellis tied the game with two outs in the ninth, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers beat first-place Arizona 7-5 on Wednesday night for their first sweep of the Diamondbacks in two years.
"For us to walk out of here fighting and grinding the way we did, it's going to make for a real fun trip home," Ellis said.
Los Angeles won six of its first eight games on the road trip, including the first two against Arizona.
The Dodgers closed it out with a flourish.
With the Dodgers still in it because of Ellis' hit in the ninth off Heath Bell, Ramirez hit the first pitch of the 14th off Josh Collmenter (4-2) just over the wall in right field. Five pitches later, Ellis made it 7-5 with his fourth home run.
A team that was 12 games under .500 and 9½ games out of first on June 22, the Dodgers are back to .500 and 1½ games back of the Diamondbacks in the NL West after winning 15 of 18.
"Obviously, you want to come in and win a series, but to win three was big for us because it's a two-game swing when you're playing them," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "I really felt like before we got here, we really got ourselves back into it, where we were in the race and we knew it. This has been icing on the cake."
Arizona went through eight pitchers in the 19th game in the majors to go at least 14 innings this season, according to STATS. There were 20 total last season.
Arizona appeared to be in position for the victory after Bell got two quick outs.
But, as has been the case lately, the Diamondbacks couldn't hold the lead.
Adrian Gonzalez, who led off the seventh inning with a solo home run, worked a two-out walk off Bell in the ninth inning, then Ramirez moved pinch runner Jerry Hairston to second with a single. Ellis followed with his tying single off Bell, his fifth blown save and the Diamondbacks' 19th.
"We have to figure out some things so guys can get some outs later in the game," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said.
The more than five-hour game started with the teams trading leads.
Tyler Skaggs had a superb return to Arizona's rotation on Friday, allowing three hits and striking out five in eight scoreless innings against Colorado after being called up from Triple-A Reno. The left-hander wasn't nearly as good against the Dodgers, giving up a run on Scott Van Slyke's sacrifice fly in the fourth inning and a two-run double to Ramirez that put the Dodgers up 3-2 in the fifth. Skaggs then walked two to load the bases, but reliever Will Harris prevented further damage by getting Van Slyke to hit into an inning-ending double play.
Skaggs allowed three runs on eight hits in 4 1/3 innings.
Hyun-Jin Ryu wasn't much better.
He gave up a solo homer to Hill in the first inning and a sacrifice fly to him in the third. Given the lead back, Ryu allowed a pair of one-out singles in the fifth and Goldschmidt followed with his two-run double. Martin Prado made it 5-3 with a run-scoring single.
Ryu allowed five runs on seven hits in five innings, the second time in 18 starts he's failed to reach the sixth inning.
Gonzalez led off the seventh inning with his 14th home run off David Hernandez to cut Arizona's lead to 5-4, then set the tying run after fouling off five pitches from Bell, who's allowed nine runs his past 11 outings.
"I feel really bad because I left everybody down," Bell said. "We definitely should have won that game."
Even after Bell's blowup, the Diamondbacks had chances, as did the Dodgers.
But, with fans falling asleep in the stands, Ramirez and Ellis finally put the Dodgers ahead for good, sending them home with an exclamation point to their successful road trip.
"We might be the only team in baseball not looking forward to the All-Star break," Ellis said.
|Hanley Ramirez receives congratulations from manager Don Mattingly and players after hitting the go-ahead home run in the 14th. (USATSI)|
|Players of the Game|
|Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers|
|Mark Ellis, 2B||7||1||2||0||0||0||1||.252|
|Yasiel Puig, RF||7||1||1||0||0||3||1||.394|
|Adrian Gonzalez, 1B||4||1||2||1||1||0||0||.300|
|Jerry Hairston Jr., PR-1B||1||1||0||0||1||0||0||.261|
|Hanley Ramirez, SS||6||2||3||3||1||0||2||.409|
|A.J. Ellis, C||6||1||3||2||1||1||1||.271|
|Andre Ethier, CF||6||0||2||0||1||1||2||.273|
|Scott Van Slyke, LF||2||0||1||1||0||0||1||.243|
|Juan Uribe, PH-3B||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.272|
|Nick Punto, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||4||.255|
|Tim Federowicz, 1B||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.198|
|Hyun-Jin Ryu, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||4||.222|
|Carl Crawford, PH-LF||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.271|
|a-fouled out for Belisario in the 8th|
|b-walked for Rodriguez in the 10th|
|c-grounded out for Ryu in the 6th|
|2B - Hanley Ramirez (10, Skaggs)|
|HR - Adrian Gonzalez (14, Hernandez), Hanley Ramirez (8, Collmenter), A.J. Ellis (4, Collmenter)|
|SF - Scott Van Slyke (1)|
|SH - Chris Withrow (1)|
|RBI - Adrian Gonzalez (58), Hanley Ramirez 3 (24), A.J. Ellis 2 (27), Scott Van Slyke (14)|
|2-OUT RBI - A.J. Ellis (8)|
|Team LOB - 13|
|DP - Gonzalez-H. Ramirez-Howell, Gonzalez-H. Ramirez-Howell-H. Ramirez-Ellis-Hairston|
|E - Yasiel Puig (3, Dropped line drive)|
|Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers|
|Kenley Jansen (W,3-3)||2||1||0||0||1||3||0||2.38|
|WP - Hyun-Jin Ryu (4)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Hyun-Jin Ryu 100-66, J.P. Howell 6-5, Ronald Belisario 11-6, Jose Dominguez 12-11, Paco Rodriguez 12-9, Chris Withrow 59-34, Kenley Jansen 31-20|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hyun-Jin Ryu 8-4, J.P. Howell 1-1, Ronald Belisario 1-2, Paco Rodriguez 1-1, Chris Withrow 2-3|
|Batters Faced - Hyun-Jin Ryu 24, J.P. Howell 3, Ronald Belisario 3, Jose Dominguez 3, Paco Rodriguez 3, Chris Withrow 11, Kenley Jansen 8|
|A.J. Pollock, CF||6||2||3||0||1||2||1||.260|
|Aaron Hill, 2B||5||2||2||2||0||1||2||.305|
|Paul Goldschmidt, 1B||5||1||2||2||1||1||0||.311|
|Cody Ross, LF||6||0||0||0||0||1||3||.260|
|Martin Prado, 3B||4||0||2||1||2||0||1||.254|
|Wil Nieves, C||6||0||0||0||0||1||6||.362|
|Gerardo Parra, RF||6||0||0||0||0||2||2||.288|
|Cliff Pennington, SS||6||0||0||0||0||0||1||.223|
|Tyler Skaggs, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.250|
|Adam Eaton, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jason Kubel, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.250|
|Didi Gregorius, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.279|
|Josh Collmenter, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.143|
|a-grounded out for Harris in the 5th|
|b-grounded into a double play for Ziegler in the 6th|
|c-struck out for Bell in the 9th|
|2B - Paul Goldschmidt (22, Ryu)|
|3B - A.J. Pollock (2, Ryu)|
|HR - Aaron Hill (4, Ryu)|
|SF - Aaron Hill (1)|
|RBI - Aaron Hill 2 (15), Paul Goldschmidt 2 (76), Martin Prado (32)|
|2-OUT RBI - Martin Prado (11)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Pennington-Hill-Goldschmidt|
|Brad Ziegler (H,11)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||2.55|
|David Hernandez (H,11)||1||1||1||1||0||0||1||4.69|
|J.J. Putz (H,1)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.63|
|Heath Bell (BS,5)||1||2||1||1||1||1||0||4.72|
|Josh Collmenter (L,4-2)||4||3||2||2||2||0||2||2.58|
|WP - Tyler Skaggs (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Tyler Skaggs 91-58, Will Harris 6-3, Brad Ziegler 16-11, David Hernandez 12-9, J.J. Putz 10-5, Heath Bell 27-16, Josh Collmenter 74-48, Tony Sipp 9-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tyler Skaggs 3-7, Will Harris 1-0, Brad Ziegler 1-2, David Hernandez 1-2, J.J. Putz 2-1, Heath Bell 1-1, Josh Collmenter 6-6|
|Batters Faced - Tyler Skaggs 24, Will Harris 1, Brad Ziegler 4, David Hernandez 4, J.J. Putz 3, Heath Bell 6, Josh Collmenter 17, Tony Sipp 3|
|Attendance - 24466|
|Game Time - 5:14|
|Temperature - 80|
|Umpires - Home - Hal Gibson, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - Marvin Hudson|