The Dodgers rallied from two separate three-run deficits and got the final 17 outs from their unheralded bullpen to beat the Orioles 7-5 on Monday night at Dodger Stadium, a fifth straight victory overall and a 10th straight home win.
Corey Seager tripled down the right field line to open the seventh inning, then scored a sacrifice fly to left field by Justin Turner, giving the Dodgers their first lead of the game, one they trailed 3-0 and 5-2.
It was the second straight inning the Dodgers scored against reliever Odrisamer Despaigne, who allowed another run in the eighth inning to suffer the loss.
Chase Utley drove in the tying run in the sixth with his second two-out RBI single of the night. He took advantage of a pair of gifts from Baltimore in the inning. Will Venable hit an easy double play ball that was bobbled by second baseman Jonathan Schoop, allowing Venable to reach base. Then he advanced to second on a balk by Despaigne, who didn't come set in the opinion of home plate umpire Mark Carlson.
In the eighth, with Despaigne still in the game, pinch hitter Chris Taylor walked then scored an insurance run on a double into the right field corner by Howie Kendrick.
In a game that saw neither starting pitcher reach the fifth inning, those runs made the difference thanks the Dodgers bullpen going into shutdown mode. Louis Coleman, Pedro Baez, Joe Blanton, Adam Liberatore and Kenley Jansen combined for 5⅔ scoreless innings to finish out the game, with five strikeouts and two singles allowed.
Julio Urias had a 10-pitch first inning, his most efficient major league opening frame to date, but paid the price with a 41-pitch second inning, 10 of which were to J.J. Hardy, who doubled in two runs. Urias did himself no favors by walking his counterpart, Yovanni Gallardo, and Adam Jones made him pay by following with an RBI single with the inning extended.
Hardy doubled again in the fourth, and scored on a two-run single by Joey Rickard that proved to be Urias' undoing. The teenager was removed with one out in the fourth inning with five runs in, his worst outing since June 2 and his shortest since his May 27 debut.
He wasn't alone. Gallardo allowed back-to-back home runs to Yasiel Puig and Yasmani Grandal in the second inning, then allowed two more runs on three hits, a walk and two wild pitches in the fourth, his final inning as well.
The second run in the fourth was delivered on a single by Seager, extending his hitting streak to 17 games, the longest in the National League this season.
The Dodgers go for an 11th straight home run on Tuesday night, sending Kenta Maeda to the hill against former Fountain Valley High School product Chris Tillman.
Home runs: Yasiel Puig (7), Yasmani Grandal (9)
WP - Joe Blanton (4-2): 1 IP, 2 hits
LP - Odrisamer Despaigne (0-1): 2⅓ IP, 3 hits, 3 runs, 3 walks, 1 strikeout
Sv - Kenley Jansen (25): 1 IP, 2 strikeouts