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Adrian Gonzalez Lifts Dodgers To Win With Walk-Off Base Hit In 14th



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After getting Utley to fly out, the inning got away from Peavy as Gonzalez connected on a game-tying, two-run home run. One out later, Andre Ethier gave the Dodgers a 4-3 lead with a solo home run that just cleared Byrd’s glove on his leaping attempt to rob Ethier in front of the Giants bullpen.

Left-hander Josh Osich was then called on to end the inning by retiring Crawford. Luis Avilan entered in the seventh and retired the side in order, collecting one strikeout in the process. Juan Nicaso allowed the Dodgers’ slim lead to slip away as a leadoff walk to Matt Duffy in the eighth came back to haunt him.

Duffy stole second base with two outs and scored on Byrd’s RBI double to tie the game at 4-4. Nicasio intentionally walked Brandon Crawford and struck out pinch-hitter Andrew Susac to end the inning.

Utley lined a shot off Javier Lopez’s leg that then rolled into shallow left field. The veteran second baseman aggressively kept running toward second base in a move that paid off as Aoki’s throw was well off target. Gonzalez moved Utley over to third with a grounder and Turner was intentionally walked.

With Scott Van Slyke announced as the pinch-hitter for Ethier, Giants manager Bruce Bochy countered by replacing Lopez with Sergio Romo. Van Slyke wound up popping out and Crawford rolled one over to first, sending the game to the ninth still tied at 4-4.

Blanco led off the ninth inning with a flare single and easily stole second base off Kenley Jansen with one out. The Giants stranded Blanco as Aoki flied out and Duffy hit a grounder that Rollins made a sliding stop on and strong throw to end the inning.

Grandal drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the ninth and was pinch-run for by Jose Peraza. Pederson moved Peraza into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt and the speedy utility man stole third base soon after. That would be as far as Peraza got however, with Romo striking out Ellis and Rollins.

Jim Johnson struck out Belt to open the 10th, then gave up a one-out base hit to Posey and hit Byrd with a pitch on an 0-2 count. Johnson managed to work his way out of the inning two grounders later. Santiago Casilla took over in the bottom of the 10th and retired the Dodgers in order.

Johnson turned in a better inning in the 11th, setting the Giants down in order. Crawford hit a one-out single in bottom of the 11th and stole second base with two outs. With the Dodgers out of position players, Clayton Kershaw pinch-hit for Johnson and grounded out to end the inning.

After a pair of deep fly ball outs in the 12th, Chris Hatcher gave up a base hit to Posey. The Giants catcher was stranded however, as Byrd struck out swinging. George Kontos replaced Casilla in the bottom of the 12th and set the Dodgers down in order.

Hatcher remained in the game for the 13th and hit Brandon Crawford with a pitch on an 0-2 count to put the go-ahead run on with none out. The Dodger right-hander overcame the miscue by retiring the next three batters faced.

Turner drew a one-out walk in the bottom of the 13th and moved into scoring position by stealing second base. After striking out Van Slyke, Kontos intentionally walked Carl Crawford and Peraza to face Hatcher, who fouled out to end the inning.

Duffy reached on an infield single with one out in the 14th and Posey collected his fourth hit of a game on a base hit to left with two outs. Both runners were stranded as Hatcher struck out Byrd to complete a third scoreless inning of relief.

Ellis drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the 14th and it was followed by base hits from Rollins and Utley to load the bases with no outs. Gonzalez, already with a game-tying two-run home run to his name, with a walk-off base hit.

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