LOS ANGELES —- In the course of a 162-game season, you expect to see some magical things. But during the last three months, the Dodgers have had a nearly unlimited amount of magical dust as they won 3-2 in 11 innings to sweep the Giants.
Twice the Giants had only three outs to get to win and twice they did not.
Kyle Farmer in his first major-league at bat, got behind Albert Suarez but he recovered to lace a line drive double down the right-field line. Corey Seager and Justin Turner scored to give the Dodgers the game. The win also extended their winning streak to eight games.
The Giants had taken a 2-1 lead in the top of the inning when Kelby Tomlinson led off with a pinch-hit single off Brandon Morrow. Luis Avilan was brought in and during the course of Denard Span’s plate appearance, Tomlinson stole second and then moved to third on Span’s ground out.
Joe Panik would then single in Tomlinson to give the Giants the lead.
Before all this, there was an outstanding pitching duel between Hyun-jin Ryu and Madison Bumgarner who may have deserved better fates for their efforts but in the end, they each got no-decisions for throwing seven scoreless innings.
Ryu and Bumgarner had identical lines for their outings as they each gave up five hits and one walk while recording seven strikeouts.
The Giants would take the lead when pinch-hitter Conor Gillaspie homered in the top of the eighth.
It looked like that lead would hold but then the Dodgers took advantage of a small miscue.
Chase Utley faced reliever Sam Dyson to start the bottom of the ninth. Utley hit a slow ground ball to third, Gillaspie couldn’t get a grip on it and Utley beat the throw to first. On the very next pitch, Utley surprised everyone by stealing second.
Yasiel Puig had one on best at-bats of the season, working to a full count and then he hit a ground single to center to score Utley and tie the game.
The Dodgers would load the bases for the second consecutive inning but Cody Bellinger flew out to send the game to extra-innings and another magical moment.
Dodgers set franchise record with six double plays
The Dodgers defense recorded six double plays, five were your standard ground ball versions but in the seventh, Joe Panik was thrown out attempting to score on a fly out. Kiké Hernández threw a strike to Austin Barnes and Panik was out.
The Dodgers will use Monday to travel to Atlanta and they will make their first visit to SunTrust Park for a three-game series beginning on Tuesday. The Braves have not named their starter yet, the Dodgers will have Kenta Maeda on the mound.
Home runs: Conor Gillaspie (2)
WP - Pedro Baez (3-1): ⅔IP, 1 hit
LP - Albert Suarez (0-1): ⅓ IP, 2 hits, 2 runs, 1 intentional walk