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Van Slyke's walk-off blast cuts Dodgers' magic number to six

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LOS ANGELES -- Scott Van Slyke has bounced between the Dodgers and the minors five times this season, even smiling whenever manager Don Mattingly approached him with the news that he would be going back down again.

Van Slyke had his teammates grinning with a pinch-hit two-run homer in the bottom of the 11th inning that gave the Dodgers a 5-3 victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night.

"It's been my goal the whole year just to contribute," he said, having been called up from Triple-A Albuquerque on Sept. 1.

Van Slyke found himself in a celebratory dog pile after triggering the Dodgers' seventh walk-off victory of the season. As he rounded the bases, he knew what awaited him.

"I'm about to get my jersey torn off," he said of the team's ritual.

Van Slyke lined the home run off Josh Collmenter (4-3) into the lower left-field seats, scoring Mark Ellis, who singled just ahead of Van Slyke.

"I was just looking for something to hit hard," Van Slyke said. "It was a good changeup down."

It was the Dodgers' fifth consecutive victory against the D-Backs. Los Angeles reduced its magic number in the NL West race to six, and leads the division by 13 games over Arizona with 18 to play.

"Everybody is excited about it," Van Slyke said. "We're on a roll and we want to continue winning games. I think our attitude will continue to be the same after we clinch."

Los Angeles hit six home runs, including three by Juan Uribe, in winning the series opener on Monday.

Chris Withrow (3-0) got the victory, striking out four in 1 1/3 innings. The bullpen allowed only one hit in five scoreless innings.

Collmenter gave up two runs and three hits.

The Dodgers had the go-ahead run on third with two outs in the 10th.

Adrian Gonzalez singled and was replaced by pinch-runner Dee Gordon, who stole second. Andre Ethier was intentionally walked before Collmenter uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Gordon to take third. Ethier moved up to second when the ball sailed to the backstop. Juan Uribe struck out swinging to end the threat one night after he hit three home runs.

After Arizona took a 3-2 lead in the top of the fifth, the Dodgers tied the game in the bottom of the inning on Ethier's RBI double that scored Hanley Ramirez, who walked with two outs.

"They've got a good team, from their lineup to their pitching," Arizona starter Trevor Cahill said. "There's a lot of veterans there who have done it before and put up those kind of numbers, and now they've got younger guys like [Yasiel] Puig."

Didi Gregorius' two-run homer on his first pitch from Edinson Volquez gave the D-Backs a 3-2 lead earlier in the inning. Gerardo Parra also scored after drawing a leadoff walk.

The Diamondbacks trailed 2-1 in the fourth on Miguel Montero's RBI single.

Los Angeles led 2-0 in the second on fielder's choice groundouts by Volquez and Yasiel Puig.

Volquez gave up three runs and four hits in six innings of his second start and third appearance as a Dodger since signing on Aug. 30. He struck out five and walked one.

"He's throwing harder now, in the mid-90s instead of the low 90s, and he's keeping guys off balance with that changeup and curveball," said Adam Eaton, who went hitless in five at-bats. "That's the name of the game, and I think he did a good job of that. He was bearing down when there were guys in scoring position."

Cahill allowed three runs and four hits in six innings, struck out two and walked four.

Notes

The Dodgers improved to 9-5 in extra-inning games, including 4-1 at home. ... The D-Backs dropped to 16-7 in extra innings, including 10-4 on the road. ... Arizona leads the majors with 23 extra-inning games played and has already set an NL record with 75 extra innings this season. ... Mattingly said he's increasingly optimistic that OF Matt Kemp could return this season. Kemp has been rehabbing a sprained left ankle, although he was slowed recently by a strained hamstring. ... D-Backs 1B Paul Goldschmidt went 2 for 5 with a double and a run scored on his 26th birthday. He's hitting .344 against the Dodgers this season.

 
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Scott Van Slyke follows the arc of his home run -- the ninth of his young MLB career, and his first game-ender.  (USATSI)
Scott Van Slyke follows the arc of his home run -- the ninth of his young MLB career, and his first game-ender. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

S. Van Slyke
AB 1
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Arizona

D. Gregorius
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Willie Bloomquist, LF5000010 .340
Adam Eaton, CF5000000 .254
Paul Goldschmidt, 1B5120010 .291
Martin Prado, 2B4010002 .283
Miguel Montero, C4011021 .233
Matt Davidson, 3B4000033 .167
Gerardo Parra, RF3100100 .267
Didi Gregorius, SS4112010 .260
Trevor Cahill, P2000010 .091
   a-A.J. Pollock, PH1000000 .253
   b-Wil Nieves, PH1000000 .303
Totals3835319  
a-lined out for Hernandez in the 8th
b-flied out for Harris in the 10th
Batting
2B - Paul Goldschmidt (30, Volquez)
HR - Didi Gregorius (7, Volquez)
RBI - Miguel Montero (38), Didi Gregorius 2 (26)
2-OUT RBI - Miguel Montero (11)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Adam Eaton 1
E - Didi Gregorius (13, Misplayed grounder), Miguel Montero (5, Throwing)
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Trevor Cahill 6431420 4.22
David Hernandez 1000110 5.16
Will Harris 2000020 2.11
Josh Collmenter (L,4-3) 1.1322111 2.76
IBB - Ethier by Josh Collmenter
WP - Trevor Cahill (17), David Hernandez (6), Josh Collmenter (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Trevor Cahill 103-56, David Hernandez 20-11, Will Harris 25-18, Josh Collmenter 31-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Trevor Cahill 9-8, David Hernandez 1-1, Will Harris 3-1
Batters Faced - Trevor Cahill 27, David Hernandez 4, Will Harris 6, Josh Collmenter 8
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Yasiel Puig, RF4001120 .338
Carl Crawford, LF5000012 .283
Hanley Ramirez, SS3100201 .339
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B4030101 .296
Andre Ethier, CF4011102 .272
Juan Uribe, 3B4100124 .276
A.J. Ellis, C5000001 .244
Mark Ellis, 2B5220001 .271
Edinson Volquez, P2000011 .108
   a-Jerry Hairston Jr., PH1000000 .230
   b-Skip Schumaker, PH1000000 .268
   c-Scott Van Slyke, PH1112000 .259
Totals3957466  
a-popped out for Volquez in the 6th
b-grounded out for Jansen in the 9th
c-homered for Withrow in the 11th
Batting
2B - Andre Ethier (32, Cahill)
HR - Scott Van Slyke (7, Collmenter)
RBI - Yasiel Puig (35), Andre Ethier (52), Scott Van Slyke 2 (18)
2-OUT RBI - Andre Ethier (17)
SB - Yasiel Puig (11, 2nd base off Cahill/Montero), Dee Gordon (7, 2nd base off Collmenter/Montero)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Uribe-Ellis-Gonzalez
Los Angeles (N.L.) Dodgers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Edinson Volquez 6433151 5.99
Paco Rodriguez 1000010 2.12
Ronald Belisario 1000000 3.47
Kenley Jansen 1100020 1.91
J.P. Howell 0.2000000 2.28
Chris Withrow (W,3-0) 1.1000010 2.83
WP - Edinson Volquez 2 (14)
Pitches-Strikes - Edinson Volquez 80-49, Paco Rodriguez 13-8, Ronald Belisario 10-8, Kenley Jansen 19-13, J.P. Howell 4-3, Chris Withrow 12-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edinson Volquez 10-3, Paco Rodriguez 1-1, Ronald Belisario 1-2, Kenley Jansen 1-0, J.P. Howell 1-1, Chris Withrow 2-1
Batters Faced - Edinson Volquez 23, Paco Rodriguez 3, Ronald Belisario 3, Kenley Jansen 4, J.P. Howell 2, Chris Withrow 4
Game Information
Attendance - 41867
Game Time - 3:35
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Adrian Johnson, First Base - Bill Welke, Second Base - Field Culbreth, Third Base - Jordan Baker