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Dodgers fall in marathon finale to Orioles

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Pedro Baez and Brandon McCarthy were the only two Dodgers on the active roster who didn't play in Wednesday's game.

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A bloop double by Jonathan Schoop brought home two runs in the 14th inning, giving the Orioles a 6-4 win over the Dodgers in the finale of their three-game series on Wednesday afternoon at Dodger Stadium.

Chris Hatcher allowed three hits in the 14th inning, the first a bloop single to right field by Manny Machado, then a line drive single by Chris Davis, who struck out in his first four times to the plate. With two outs, Schoop lofted a ball to shallow center field. It dropped for a hit, and coupled with an ill-fated diving attempt by Trayce Thompson that caused the ball to carom to left field, both runners scored.

It ended a marathon game that lasted five hours, 26 minutes and saw the Dodgers use 23 players, their most in a non-expanded-roster period since using 23 players in a 22-inning loss in Houston on June 3, 1989.

Hatcher was the ninth pitcher used by the Dodgers, one day after pitching two innings and throwing 31 pitches. Then, in a game that saw starting pitchers Kenta Maeda and Scott Kazmir used as a pinch runner and pinch hitter, respectively, Hatcher had to bat in the bottom of the 14th with the bases loaded against Orioles closer Zach Britton.

Hatcher bounced back to the box, and despite a relatively wild throw by Britton was still thrown out at first base to end the game, dashing the hopes for an even more bizarre contest.

The Dodgers got their offense from the usual spots of late, with a two-run home run by Justin Turner in the first inning and a two-run bloop single by Adrian Gonzalez in the fifth inning.

Chase Utley doubled twice and singled four times in seven at-bats, setting a new career high with six hits — the 11th game with at least four hits in his career — and scored twice. Utley had the first six-hit game by a Dodger since Shawn Green on May 23, 2002, and at age 37 put himself in some select company:

Corey Seager extended his hitting streak to 19 games with a seventh-inning double, putting two go-ahead runs in scoring position. But three strikeouts ended that inning, setting the tone for both bullpens on Wednesday.

Whiff city

Dylan Bundy allowed a leadoff double to Howie Kendrick to start the sixth inning, then the aforementioned runners on second and third to open the seventh inning. But in each frame he struck out three batters to get out of the jam. He also got an out in the eighth inning, and that was also by strikeout.

The seven strikeouts by Bundy were the most by a relief pitcher against the Dodgers since Rick Reed for the Mets on April 9, 1997. But he wasn't alone.

Brad Brach, who struck out all three batters he faced on Tuesday, struck out three more on Wednesday in 1⅔ innings. The Orioles had 12 strikeouts in nine innings.

The Dodgers bullpen had 13 strikeouts of their own in five innings, including three by Kenley Jansen and two each by Adam Liberatore, Joe Blanton and Luis Avilan, with each working a single inning. From the eighth to the 10th inning, Dodgers relievers struck out seven straight batters.

J.P. Howell also struck out two in his 1⅔ innings, but also walked three, and left with runners at the corners with two outs in the 12th. Louis Coleman wiggled out of the jam by getting Jonathan Schoop to ground out to end the threat.

That's 25 strikeouts combined by both bullpens, and 36 strikeouts overall in the game, setting a new Dodger Stadium record, as pointed out by Jon Weisman at Dodger Insider, surpassing the old mark of 32 set by the Dodgers and Braves in an 18-inning contest on Aug. 3, 1996.

After the 32nd strikeout of the game, in the top of the 11th inning, Vin Scully on the SportsNet LA broadcast quipped, "If you feel a breeze, it's not coming off the ocean. It's coming directly out of Dodger Stadium."

The Dodgers bullpen has pitched 19⅔ innings in the last three days, and 42⅔ innings in the last 10 days.

For starters

Neither starting pitcher factored in the decision, and both lasted just five innings, with each pitcher making life trouble for the other while at the plate.

Bud Norris had a seven-pitch at-bat that resulted in a single to right field in the second inning, but Kevin Gausman returned the favor with an 11-pitch walk in the fourth. Both events put two runners on base for their teams, though both rallies died on the vine.

But the walk was still part of a costly inning for Norris, who threw 29 pitches in the inning, which also included a home run from Mark Trumbo on an 0-2 pitch, his major-league-leading 25th of the season.

Trumbo, who also doubled earlier, hit another solo home run in the sixth, his 26th, this time against Casey Fien, giving him a home run against two pitchers who were once roommates at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. That home run tied the game at 4-4.

Up next

The Dodgers welcome the Padres to town next, for four games, with Hyun-jin Ryu getting the ball in the series opener on Thursday night. San Diego will send left-hander Drew Pomeranz to the hill in the 7:10 p.m. PT game.

Wednesday particulars

Home runs: Justin Turner (12); Mark Trumbo 2 (26)

WP - Mychal Givens (6-1): 1 IP, 1 hit, 1 strikeout

LP - Chris Hatcher (5-4): 1 IP, 3 hits, 2 runs, 1 strikeout

Sv - Zach Britton (25): 1 IP, 1 hit, 2 walks