Dodgers 3, Yankees 2: Mark Ellis delivers another walk-off win

Harry How

Coupled with Arizona's loss Tuesday night in Tampa Bay, the Dodgers now lead the National League West by 3½ games.

Zack Greinke and Andy Pettitte gave the Dodger Stadium crowd a solid main course with a pitching duel, and Mark Ellis provided a sweet desert with a bloop single in the ninth inning for a 3-2 walk-off win over the Yankees.

Andre Ethier singled with one out and stole second, thanks in part to a poor throw from catcher Chris Stewart that got away from second baseman Robinson Cano. One out later, Ellis blooped a single over Derek Jeter at shortstop to give the Dodgers a second straight walk-off win.

The Dodgers have won four straight games and 10 of their last 11, the only Dodgers team to go 10-1 coming out of the All-Star break. The Dodgers have also won 27 of their last 33 contests, the best 33-game stretch since 1953, the year when Brooklyn set a franchise record with 105 victories.

The Dodgers had four hits in the first two innings against Pettitte, and scored single runs in the first and second innings. Yasiel Puig lined a double high off the center field wall in the first and scored on a single by Hanley Ramirez. Juan Uribe hit a ball into the rarely reached loge section down the left field line in the second inning. The home run was hit on an 0-2 pitch, just the ninth 0-2 home run allowed by Pettitte in his great career.

The home run by Uribe was just the 22nd to be hit into the loge section at Dodger Stadium.

Two more hits in the third inning nearly meant a third run off Pettitte, but A.J. Ellis' single was far too shallow in right field, allowing Ichiro Suzuki to throw out Ramirez, trying to score from second base, even with a throw that was slightly offline.

Pettitte rebounded to retire 12 of the final 14 batters he faced, pitching a strong seven innings. He allowed eight hits in his seven innings and didn't walk a batter, while striking out three.

Greinke allowed a home run to Lyle Overbay in the second inning, continuing the first baseman's solid history against the right-hander. Overbay in his career is 9-for-26 (.346) with three home runs and a double, including 1-for-3 on Tuesday, though this was their first encounter since 2011.

Alfonso Soriano doubled off Greinke to lead off the fourth inning, then advanced to third base on a wild pitch. A ground out by Overbay brought home Soriano to tie the game at 2-2.

Greinke retired 12 of his final 13 batters faced to complete his strong seven innings. Greinke allowed five hits and struck out seven, and he walked none for the third time this season.

Kenley Jansen retired the Yankees in order in the ninth, including two strikeouts, in his sixth appearance in the last eight days. Jansen has retired 16 straight batters, dating back to July 24, and seven of his last eight appearances have been perfect innings.

The Dodgers bullpen has pitched 9⅓ consecutive scoreless innings in its last four games.

Mark Ellis was 2-for-4 on the night, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. He is hitting .415 (17-for-41) during the streak. Ramirez was also 2-for-4 and also extended his hitting streak to 11 games, during which time he is 18-for-48 (.375).

Up next

One of the best pitching matchups of the year comes Wednesday night, with ace Clayton Kershaw starting for the Dodgers and Hiroki Kuroda pitching for the Yankees. It is the first game for Kuroda against his old team and his first game at Dodger Stadium since he was a Dodger in 2011.

Tuesday's particulars

Home runs: Juan Uribe (6); Lyle Overbay (12)

WP - Kenley Jansen (4-3): 1 IP, 2 strikeouts

LP - Shawn Kelley (3-1): ⅔ IP, 2 hits, 1 run, 1 strikeout

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