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L.A. Dodgers (70-50) «00020020015121

Dodgers rally past Mets in 12th for eighth straight win

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LOS ANGELES -- Down late in the game, the Los Angeles Dodgers were just setting the stage for more timely hitting and another scintillating comeback.

Consecutive doubles by Yasiel Puig and Adrian Gonzalez in the 12th inning gave them a 5-4 victory over the New York Mets on Wednesday night, the Dodgers' eighth win in a row that is the team's longest winning streak in more than three years.

"Seriously? Explain that game?" Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "I don't know. It's kind of fun though."

Leave it to Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully to describe the late-night thriller.

"Another incredible moment in the magic castle," he said.

The Dodgers completed a three-game sweep of the Mets with their sixth walk-off win of the season after trailing 4-0 early.

Los Angeles is 40-8 since June 22, the franchise's best 48-game run in the modern era and the best in the major leagues since the 1942 Cardinals went 41-7 from Aug. 11-Oct. 1, according to information provided by the Dodgers from Elias Sports Bureau.

"They just proved why they're hot right now," Mets starter Dillon Gee said. "They came back from behind every single night. They're grinders."

Puig turned a slow bouncer past the Mets' diving shortstop into a one-out double before Gonzalez's double -- his third hit of the game and seventh career walk-off RBI.

Pinch-hitter Andre Ethier tied the game with a two-run homer off LaTroy Hawkins in the ninth. Ethier returned after sitting out a day earlier with tightness in his left calf.

"The guy's been out for basically a day and a half, but to go opposite field here? That ball took off," Mattingly said. "Usually nothing goes out at night, especially opposite field. That's pretty amazing what happened right there."

The Dodgers weren't done yet.

After going hitless in his first five at-bats, Puig legged out a double that glanced off Omar Quintanilla's glove and into center field.

"Every time I leave the plate I'm always thinking for second," Puig said through a translator.

Gonzalez hit the next pitch off Pedro Feliciano (0-1) down the left field line, maintaining the Dodgers' 7-game lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NL West.

Paco Rodriguez (3-2) pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings for the victory, the Dodgers' 12th in a row in one-run games, extending their franchise record.

The Dodgers closed to 4-2 in the sixth on a fielder's choice groundout by Mark Ellis and a two-out RBI single by Jerry Hairston Jr.

Puig's defense sparkled on a bang-bang play in the second when Justin Turner singled to right field. Puig raced to pick up the ball and fired to third base to nail Marlon Byrd.

Hawkins got hit in the groin on a comebacker by Jerry Hairston Jr. in the ninth, but he stayed in the game after a brief pause.

"It was a direct hit. No cup," he said. "I've never worn a cup in my life, but I might have to start. I felt like I got kicked by a mule. It hurts."

Byrd hit a three-run homer on a 3-0 pitch from Chris Capuano in the third, extending New York's lead to 4-0. Capuano gave up three consecutive one-out hits, including singles by Daniel Murphy and Josh Satin before Byrd connected.

Andrew Brown's RBI double with two outs in the second scored New York's first run.

Gee allowed two runs and seven hits in six innings, struck out four and walked one.

Capuano gave up four runs and a season-high-tying 10 hits in five innings. The left-hander struck out three and walked two. He allowed double-digit hits in consecutive games for the first time in his career.

Notes

  • Mets RHP Jeremy Hefner was placed on the DL because of a torn MCL in his right elbow. He is 0-2 with a 7.58 ERA in his last six starts. Manager Terry Collins said it's a chronic condition that is getting worse. "But we'll get him back this year," Collins said. "I do know there's a lot of guys who pitch with this. He's had this, and he's pitched with it, and he pitched pretty stinking good."
  • Dodgers SS Hanley Ramirez returned to the starting lineup after being limited to one pinch-hitting appearance since Aug. 4 because of a sore right shoulder.
  • Although the Dodgers are starting to tout Puig and RHP Hyun-Jin Ryu as NL rookie of the year candidates, Mattingly said, "It's way too early for us to be talking about it."
  • Dodgers co-owner Magic Johnson turned 54.
 
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Yasiel Puig, who uses a heads-up play to stretch a single into a double in the 12th, scores the winning run for LA. (USATSI)
Yasiel Puig, who uses a heads-up play to stretch a single into a double in the 12th, scores the winning run for LA. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

A. Gonzalez
AB 6
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
New York

M. Byrd
AB 6
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
 
New York (N.L.) Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Juan Lagares, CF6000021 .259
Daniel Murphy, 2B6120010 .275
Josh Satin, 3B3110101 .295
   a-Wilmer Flores, PH1010000 .286
   Mike Baxter, LF1000000 .213
Marlon Byrd, RF6133032 .282
Justin Turner, SS-3B5020121 .280
Ike Davis, 1B6110004 .205
Andrew Brown, LF5031001 .260
John Buck, C4000112 .218
Dillon Gee, P3010022 .130
   Omar Quintanilla, SS2000012 .226
Totals484144312  
a-singled for Rice in the 9th
Batting
2B - Marlon Byrd (22, Capuano), Ike Davis (13, League), Andrew Brown (3, Capuano)
3B - Dillon Gee (1, Capuano)
HR - Marlon Byrd (18, Capuano)
RBI - Marlon Byrd 3 (63), Andrew Brown (12)
2-OUT RBI - Andrew Brown (4)
SB - Ike Davis (4, 2nd base off Capuano/Federowicz)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Murphy-Quintanilla-Davis
E - Justin Turner (2, Throwing)
New York (N.L.) Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Dillon Gee 6722140 3.79
Scott Rice (H,13) 2000010 3.38
LaTroy Hawkins (BS,3) 1322001 3.04
Carlos Torres 2000110 2.59
Pedro Feliciano (L,0-1) 0.1211000 3.38
HBP - Schumaker (by Dillon Gee)
Pitches-Strikes - Dillon Gee 95-65, Scott Rice 20-14, LaTroy Hawkins 18-13, Carlos Torres 17-11, Pedro Feliciano 5-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dillon Gee 6-7, Scott Rice 4-1, LaTroy Hawkins 2-1, Carlos Torres 2-3, Pedro Feliciano 1-0
Batters Faced - Dillon Gee 26, Scott Rice 6, LaTroy Hawkins 6, Carlos Torres 7, Pedro Feliciano 3
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Carl Crawford, LF6020001 .293
Yasiel Puig, RF-CF6110012 .368
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B6131010 .298
Hanley Ramirez, SS5120000 .360
Skip Schumaker, CF3010001 .272
   Carlos Marmol, P1000000 .000
Mark Ellis, 2B4111103 .282
Jerry Hairston Jr., 3B-RF4011000 .245
Tim Federowicz, C3000032 .226
   a-Andre Ethier, PH1112000 .269
   A.J. Ellis, C1000011 .260
Chris Capuano, P1000000 .050
   c-Dee Gordon, PH1000000 .208
   Juan Uribe, 3B2000001 .263
Totals44512526  
a-homered for Federowicz in the 9th
b-walked for Capuano in the 5th
c-grounded out-bunting for Withrow in the 7th
Batting
2B - Yasiel Puig (15, Feliciano), Adrian Gonzalez (25, Feliciano), Hanley Ramirez (18, Gee)
HR - Andre Ethier (8, Hawkins)
SH - Jerry Hairston Jr. (3)
RBI - Adrian Gonzalez (76), Mark Ellis (39), Jerry Hairston Jr. (20), Andre Ethier 2 (43)
2-OUT RBI - Jerry Hairston Jr. (11)
PK - Carl Crawford (2, Gee)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Yasiel Puig 1
DP - Hairston-Ellis-Gonzalez, Hairston-Ellis-Gonzalez-Capuano-Ellis-Gonzalez
E - Jerry Hairston Jr. (6, Throwing)
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Capuano 51044231 4.66
Chris Withrow 2000130 2.21
Brandon League 0.2100000 5.19
J.P. Howell 1100010 2.01
Carlos Marmol 2100030 5.40
Paco Rodriguez (W,3-2) 1.1100020 2.03
IBB - Buck by Chris Capuano
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Capuano 86-51, Chris Withrow 37-24, Brandon League 15-10, J.P. Howell 15-11, Carlos Marmol 25-16, Paco Rodriguez 22-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Capuano 5-4, Chris Withrow 1-2, Brandon League 3-0, J.P. Howell 2-0, Carlos Marmol 2-1, Paco Rodriguez 1-1
Batters Faced - Chris Capuano 24, Chris Withrow 7, Brandon League 4, J.P. Howell 4, Carlos Marmol 7, Paco Rodriguez 5
Game Information
Attendance - 44091
Game Time - 4:11
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - Paul Schrieber, Second Base - Chad Fairchild, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg