A.J. Ellis left Sergio Romo with nothing to celebrate on Sunday, as the catcher's three-run double in the ninth gave the Dodgers a 4-1 win over the Giants and a series win in San Francisco. The ninth-inning heroics also made a winner out of Clayton Kershaw, who continued his dominance over the Giants.
Kershaw allowed just one run on three hits in eight innings, with a walk and three strikeouts. The start hit Kershaw's average against the Giants this season, with four runs allowed in 32 innings in four starts. In his career, Kershaw is now 11-4 against the Giants with an absurd 1.32 ERA.
At AT&T Park Kershaw has been even better. Sunday's run was his seventh allowed in San Francisco in nine career starts. He is 6-2 with a 0.78 ERA on the road against the Giants.
Against everyone in 2013, Kershaw is now 8-5 and lowered his major league leading ERA to 1.89.
Hanley Ramirez tripled to open the second inning to extend his hitting streak to a career-high 18 games. Andre Ethier then plated Ramirez with a bloop single and a 1-0 lead. Ramirez during his hitting streak is hitting .478 (33-for-69).
The Giants struck back with a leadoff double by catcher Guillermo Quiroz in the third inning. One out later, a Kershaw wild pitch advanced him to third base, then a fly ball from Andres Torres to center field was plenty deep enough to tie the game at 1-1.
The game stayed that way until the ninth, as Chad Gaudin matched Kershaw pitch for pitch. In his first game back off the disabled list, Gaudin struck out nine in seven innings, allowing just the one run on four hits and a walk.
Yasiel Puig, who struck out twice earlier in the game, singled to open the ninth against Romo, giving the outielder 16 multi-hit games in 32 career contests. Adrian Gonzalez then reached on an infield single which involved a bizarre scenario that saw Puig outrun the Giants infield to a wide-open third base. Eventually Ellis batted with two outs and the bases loaded, and he cleared them with a double to the left center field gap.
On the season the Dodgers have five extra-base hits with the bases loaded. Three of them came during the weekend series in San Francisco.
Kenley Jansen pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his ninth save.
The Dodgers have now won 12 of their last 15 games, including nine wins in their last 11 games against the National League West.
The Dodgers conclude their road trip with three games in Phoenix against the hot Diamondbacks. Zack Greinke will try to stop Arizona's five-game winning streak in the series opener on Monday, facing Randall Delgado for the Diamonbacks.
Home runs: None, as Ramirez's blast down the left field line in the fourth inning was just foul
WP - Clayton Kershaw (8-5): 8 IP, 3 hits, 1 run, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts
LP - Sergio Romo (3-4): ⅔ IP, 3 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks, strikeout
Sv - Kenley Jansen (9): 1 IP, 1 hit, 1 strikeout