LOS ANGELES — Logan Forsythe ended the Dodgers’ longest game of the season with a walk-off double in the 13th inning to beat the Cardinals 2-1 on Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.
The Dodgers improved to 3-2 in extra-inning games, and improved to 17-7 at home in 2017.
It took an old friend to finally end it, with Jonathan Broxton issuing a two-out walk to Kiké Hernandez in the 13th inning before Forsythe ended it with a drive into the right field corner.
Not bad for a his first game back off the disabled list, and one that started with four strikeouts in his first four at-bats.
“He told me he was ready,” manager Dave Roberts joked. “You don’t expect Logan to punch four times, but if there is a guy you want with the game on the line, I still trust him.”
Forsythe also walked in the 11th inning.
“There are still some things I’m ironing out,” Forsythe said. “To be able to get on base, then to get the hit made this a good first night.”
Both starting pitchers were dominant, with Clayton Kershaw and Lance Lynn each striking out 10. Lynn allowed only two hits and two walks, and gave up his run in the first inning, a home run to dead center field by Yasmani Grandal.
Kershaw was two outs away from a shutout, but a wild pitch in the ninth allowed Randal Grichuk to score the tying run from second base, taking both starters out of the equation.
Grandal was at the center of both runs in regulation. His home run meant that Tuesday was his 10th game with an extra-base hit in his last 13 contests. Then, on the ninth-inning wild pitch, Grandal lost sight of the ball, which allowed Grichuk to advance two bases instead of just one.
After Kershaw, the Dodgers bullpen — Kenley Jansen, Pedro Baez, Luis Avilan, and Josh Fields — combined for four scoreless innings with four strikeouts, and retired 12 of their 13 batters faced.
Home run: Yasmani Grandal (5)
WP - Josh Fields (1-0): 1 IP, 1 strikeout
LP - Jonathan Broxton (0-1): ⅔ IP, 1 hit, 1 run, 1 walk, 1 strikeout