The Los Angeles Dodgers clawed back from an early 3-0 deficit in the first inning on Tuesday to hand an 8-5 lead to Kenley Jansen in the ninth inning.
Will Venable pinch-hit and drew a leadoff walk in the ninth, then took second base with one out on defensive indifference. Abraham Almonte collected his fourth hit of the game on a bunt single that also resulted in a Jansen throwing error that allowed Venable to score.
Almonte advanced to second base and the San Diego Padres suddenly had the tying run at the plate in the form of Seth Smith. Jansen got the left fielder to fly out and turned his sights to Jedd Gyorko, who had already homered in the game.
Gyorko singled to center, which Yasiel Puig fielded on a hop and threw a strike to cutoff man Adrian Gonzalez at the pitcher’s mound. Gonzalez alertly threw over to third, where Almonte had made a wide turn and Miguel Rojas applied the tag to end the game.
The play was reviewed, but the call was upheld and the Dodgers put an end to their three-game losing streak.
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