Fresh off a 16-1 drubbing, the Dodgers won 4-3 against the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night in thrilling walk-off fashion.
Hanley Ramirez and Hyun-Jin Ryu provided the highlights for the night, doing just enough to out-duel Cliff Lee and the Phillies lineup.
Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched seven solid innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and three walks with six strikeouts. Actually, it was more like two runs on two hits, because both of the Phillies runs charged to him came off Chase Utley solo jacks in the first and third inning.
His June ERA is under 3.00 despite having no wins to show for it. It was his fifth outing of at least seven innings this season and ninth of two runs allowed or less.
Philadelphia's Cliff Lee had a great night too, but just one bad pitch in the first inning to Hanley Ramirez was enough to put him in a hole for most of the night. That one pitch went over 400 feet for a home run, scoring the Dodgers' first three runs of the night.
Lee finished with seven innings, ten strikeouts, and gave up just two more hits after the three-run jack.
The game was intense most of the night, with the Dodgers leading 3-2; it turned dramatic in the eighth. The Dodgers used a different pitcher for each out and found themselves in a bases-loaded, one-out jam. J.P. Howell got out of the inning, preserving the one-run lead.
Kenley Jansen came in for the save in the ninth and gave up a leadoff single to Michael Young that was misplayed by Yasiel Puig, allowing him to advance to second base. Utley grounded out, putting Young on third with one out, and Jimmy Rollins hit a fly ball to center field.
After tagging up, Young jockeyed between third base and home, but Matt Kemp’s throw was so off-line that A.J. Ellis could not handle it, letting Young score the tying run. Jansen was charged with a blown save, but the poor defense in the outfield was mostly to blame.
Tied 3-3 in the bottom of the ninth, none other than Hanley Ramirez led off with a single, followed by a Matt Kemp strikeout, and a walk from Andre Ethier. A.J. Ellis had the huge, walk-off single to score Ramirez from second.
Ramirez flew around the bases, blasting past Tim Wallach’s sign to hold at third base. He beat the throw to home in exciting fashion for the walk-off victory.
The Dodgers have now won seven of their last eight games, move within five games of the NL West lead, and are just one game behind the Giants to move out of last place.
Sunday is the series finale against Philadelphia with Stephen Fife on the mound against Kyle Kendrick.