Justin Turner’s double and a pair of errors keyed a two-run ninth inning, lifting the Dodgers over the Yankees 2-0 on Wednesday evening at Yankee Stadium.
The win evened the Dodgers interleague record both on the road (5-5) and overall (10-10) in 2016, and also gave them a five-game lead in the National League West over the Giants with 17 games to play.
The Dodgers scored six runs in the first three innings of the series on Monday, then tacked on solo home runs in the eighth and ninth innings in the opening game. But after that, the Dodgers offense got a whole lot of nothing, held scoreless for 17 innings on Tuesday and Wednesday.
All it took apparently was facing dominant reliever Dellin Betances, who entered Monday with a 2.36 ERA, a 1.48 FIP and 119 strikeouts in 68⅔ innings.
Corey Seager opened the inning reaching on an error by Starlin Castro at second base, then stole second base. Turner then doubled down the left field line, producing the game’s first run.
After advancing to third base on a fly ball, Turner scored on a ground ball back to the mound by Yasmani Grandal, thanks to Betances airmailing an easy throw to the plate.
The game was interrupted by a pair of rain delays, a 12-minute stoppage in the middle of the fourth inning and a 48-minute delay in the middle of the fifth.
That was a huge factor in pulling Clayton Kershaw after five innings and 64 pitches, even though he only allowed one single and struck out five. But if anything, Kershaw’s outing was more remarkable because he came out to pitch after the second delay, after throwing a simulated inning in the interim to stay hot.
Michael Pineda was done after the first rain delay, though it was less about the delay than his 82 pitches in four innings. He allowed two hits and two walks, but no runs.
The Dodgers’ best rally against Pineda was loading the bases with one out in the fourth inning, but Andre Ethier grounded into a 3-6-1 double play to end the inning, out by inches at first base.
After Kershaw, Grant Daton, Pedro Baez and Luis Avilan combined for three scoreless innings, with Avilan recording four outs and striking out three to earn the win.
Kenley Jansen retired the Yankees in the ninth for his 44th save, tying his career high, set in 2014. Dodgers pitchers struck out 14 Yankees on Wednesday.
Home runs: none
WP - Luis Avilan (2-0): 1⅓ IP, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts
LP - Dellin Betances (3-5): 1 IP, 1 hit, 2 unearned runs, 1 strikeout
Sv - Kenley Jansen (44): 1 IP, 1 hit, 3 strikeouts