Hanley Ramirez #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is congratulated by batting coach Mark McGwire and teammates in the dugout after hitting a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the 14th inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on July 10, 2013 in Phoenix, Arizona.
The Dodgers completed the three-game sweep against the Diamondbacks in a 14-inning affair that concluded just five minutes short of midnight here in Los Angeles. The bullpen kept the Dodgers in the game with nine scoreless innings, but A.J. Ellis and Hanley Ramirez had the game-tying and game-winning hits.
Hyun-Jin Ryu had the worst start of his career as he gave up five runs in five innings off seven hits and two walks with three strikeouts. Ryu has been so consistent this season and relied upon so heavily to follow up Kershaw and Greinke in the three spot of the rotation, that it is hard to fault him for a start like this.
It is the first time since May 5 that he allowed more than three runs, and only his second start to not last five innings. Wednesday's start raised Ryu's ERA from 2.82 to 3.09 on the season.
Ryu left the game losing 5-3, but ended up with a no decision after a fantastic performance from the bullpen and some clutch hitting.
The bullpen pitched a complete-game two-hit shutout. Well, not really, but the six pitchers combined for nine scoreless innings. J.P. Howell, Ronald Belisario, Jose Dominguez, Paco Rodriguez each pitched one inning of scoreless, hitless baseball.
Chris Withrow was the standout pitcher out of the pen, tossing three shutout innings and giving up just one hit with three strikeouts on 59 pitches.
Kenley Jansen pitched two innings, and earned the win in the 14th inning by striking out A.J. Pollack to end the game.
The Dodgers had 15 hits for seven runs, with the biggest at-bats coming from Hanley Ramirez and A.J. Ellis. Ramirez and Ellis combined to go 6-for-12 with five RBI.
In the fifth, with Mark Ellis and Yasiel Puig on base, Ramirez hit a double to center field for two RBI.
In the ninth, down 5-4 with two outs, Gonzalez reached base on a walk, and was taken out for runner, Jerry Hairston Jr. Hanley Ramirez hit a single to put runners at first and second, and was followed with a single from A.J. Ellis to score Hairston and tie the game 5-5.
The score was tied 5-5 until the 14th inning when Ramirez and Ellis hit back-to-back jacks for the game-winning run and a little insurance, making the score 7-5.
After this marathon 14-inning game, they head back to Los Angeles to face the Colorado Rockies for a four-game series that will conclude the first half of the season. The Dodgers are now .500 for the first time since April 30 after dropping as far as 12 games under.