The Los Angeles Dodgers had their six-game winning streak snapped with a loss to the Chicago Cubs Friday night and were locked in another battle with the team that resembled nothing like the NL Central basement occupiers.
Hyun-Jin Ryu was pitching on five days’ rest but wasn’t as sharp as he’s previously been when pitching under such circumstances. The Cubs took a 1-0 lead in the first inning and the Dodgers didn’t get on the board until Matt Kemp’s two-run home run in the fourth inning.
The Cubs tied the game in the seventh and both teams remained scoreless into the 12th inning. Dee Gordon began the two-out rally with a single to center and he stole second base as Justin Turner worked a full count.
Turner eventually drew a walk and that set the stage for Hanley Ramirez to play the role of hero. Ramirez hit his 12th home run of the season and first since June 17. It was also Ramirez’s first career walk-off home run.
The win put the Dodgers 3.5 games ahead of second-place San Francisco Giants in the NL West standings and gave them a two-game lead over the Milwaukee Brewers for the best record in the NL.
Along with playing into extra innings, rain began to fall at Dodger Stadium, which was a rarity. The four-hour and 39-minute game was the Dodgers’ 13th to go into extra innings this season and second in the last four games.
The Dodgers of course were well acquainted with going into extras in the early stages of the season as six of their first 24 games went past the ninth inning. The win now has the Dodgers at 5-8 in extra-inning games.
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