It takes two months, but Dodgers finally beat Giants in 14 innings

first_img“This is probably our biggest win of the season,” Hatcher said.A.J. Ellis led off the bottom of the 14th inning with a walk against Mike Broadway (0-1), the Giants’ eighth pitcher of the night. Jimmy Rollins followed with a single to right field. Chase Utley followed with a single to loaded the bases, knocking Broadway out of the game and setting up Gonzalez for the walk-off ending.“Bases loaded, no outs, it’s fairly simple mentality for me,” Gonzalez said. “Just try and hit something in the air. Petit’s a high-ball pitcher, he usually throws high changes, high fastballs and he’ll occasionally throw a curveball down. But I was just looking for something up in the zone and make sure I stay on top of it, so I don’t pop it straight up in the air. That was really my mentality.”It was the Dodgers’ eighth win this season in their final plate appearance of a game. The official game time of 5 hours, 29 minutes made it the ninth-longest game in franchise history.The game could have ended much earlier.In the ninth inning, Romo’s right leg was toeing the rubber when a television replay showed his right knee twitch slightly between his first and second pitch to Rollins. Rollins and Chase Utley, who was on deck, immediately pointed to the mound. But the home plate umpire, Marty Foster, and third-base umpire Mark Wegner didn’t so much as talk with each other before ordering the game to continue.Mattingly said there was nothing he could do to ask the umpires to confer with each other.“I don’t know if the ball was in play or not,” said Dodgers right fielder Andre Ethier, who was in the dugout at the time. “I think that’s what was being said between Jimmy and the umpire. I don’t know if the umpire had put the ball in play in that situation. If it was a situation where (a balk) could’ve been called, I guess we didn’t get it.”The runner on third base, Jose Peraza, was stranded when Rollins grounded out to end the inning.Ethier and Gonzalez hit home runs in the sixth inning against Giants starter Jake Peavy, turning the Dodgers’ 3-1 deficit into a 4-3 lead.Ethier’s home run was his 13th, the most he’s hit in a season since 2012. It barely cleared the cyclone fence in right field and landed in the Giants’ bullpen. Gonzalez’s home run, which landed several rows up in the right-center field bleachers, was his team-leading 25th. No Dodgers player since Shawn Green (2001-02) has hit at least 25 home runs in consecutive seasons.But the Giants tied the game in the eighth inning when Marlon Byrd’s RBI double off Juan Nicasio drove in Matt Duffy. Byrd, whom the Giants acquired on Aug. 20, had three RBIs in the game, bringing his total to 17 RBIs in 10 games as a Giant.Dodgers starter Brett Anderson pitched five innings and allowed six hits and three runs, all earned. He left in line for the loss trailing 3-1.After throwing two scoreless innings, Anderson allowed an infield single to Gregor Blanco to begin the third. Peavy laid down a weak bunt attempt that died a couple feet in front of home plate, allowing Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal to throw out Blanco at second base.But Peavy beat the relay throw to first base, and the Giants continued to pile on. Nori Aoki drew a walk. Brandon Belt singled to center field, driving in Peavy with the game-tying run. With two outs and runners on second and third base, Byrd poked a slow roller between first and second base. In the time it took Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley to reach the ball with a foot-first slide, both runners (Aoki and Matt Duffy) scored, giving the Giants a 3-1 lead.Utley led off the eighth inning with a double that caromed off the leg of Giants pitcher Javier Lopez. It was his first hit in 24 career plate appearances against the left-hander, but Utley was left stranded at third base to end the inning. The Dodgers finished 2-for-15 with runners in scoring position.Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth inning with the game tied 4-4. He survived a leadoff single by Blanco, and a subsequent stolen base, when Rollins snagged a scorching ground ball up the middle and threw out Duffy.The Dodgers made one acquisition prior to the trade deadline, acquiring minor league outfielder Justin Ruggiano and cash considerations from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for cash or a player to be named later. Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw appeared as a pinch hitter in the 11th inning, to a standing ovation from what remained of the announced crowd of 40,851. Facing right-handed pitcher Santiago Casilla for the first time in his career, Kershaw grounded out to second base.Hatcher flew out to foul territory in right field with the bases loaded in the 13th inning. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Did San Francisco Giants pitcher Sergio Romo commit a balk with a runner on third base in the ninth inning Monday?If he did, the Dodgers should have collected their second walk-off win of the year on an opponent’s balk.If he did not, the game continued as it should have, tied 4-4 past midnight. Monday turned to Tuesday, August turned to September, pitchers Clayton Kershaw and Chris Hatcher both batted for the Dodgers and every position player for both teams appeared in the game. The Dodgers were close to using pitcher Mat Latos in right field, and Scott Van Slyke on the mound.None of those things happened because Adrian Gonzalez lined a long single to left-center field off Yusmeiro Petit with the bases loaded in the 14th inning, delivering a 5-4 victory five and a half hours after the game began.center_img “We’re starting to play the game the right way at the right time and take it into September,” Gonzalez said, “which we did today.”• PHOTOS: Dodgers beat Giants in 14 inningsThe first game of three between the Giants and Dodgers increased the gap between first and second place in the National League West to 4 1/2 games.Hatcher (2-5) pitched the final three innings to preserve the 4-4 tie, on the heels of two scoreless innings by Jim Johnson.• MARK WHICKER: Los Angeles Dodgers find an unlikely hero in Chris Hatcher as they win in 14 inningslast_img read more