Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Dodgers rallied for four
runs in the ninth inning to edge the Tampa Bay Rays, 7-6, in the opener of a
three-game set at Chavez Ravine.
Skip Schumaker singled then scored on Mark Ellis' triple past a diving Ben
Zobrist in left field. Nick Punto followed with a double to left to score
Ellis and Adrian Gonzalez ripped a double into the right-field corner to tie
After Fernando Rodney (4-3) intentionally walked Yasiel Puig, Jerry Hairston
ripped a chopper up the middle. Rodney snared the bouncer, turned and fired to
second base, but his throw sailed high and to the right allowing Gonzalez to
come around and score the game-winning run.
Puig went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and Schumaker doubled and drove in a run
for the Dodgers, who have won eight of their last nine games.
Ronald Bellisario (5-6) stranded a pair of runners in the ninth to earn the
win. Starter Chris Capuano was charged with six runs -- five earned -- on 10
hits over 4 1/3 innings.
James Loney went 3-for-4 with two RBI against his former club and Yunel
Escobar had two hits and three RBI for the Rays, who have dropped three
Rays starter David Price allowed just one unearned run on seven hits while
striking out four. It was just the third time in his last seven starts that
the hard-throwing southpaw failed to go nine innings.
Tampa Bay scored three runs in both the second and fifth innings.
In the second, Escobar laced a single to center field to score Wil Myers.
Loney followed with a two-run single up the middle to score Ben Zobrist and
With the bases-loaded in the fifth, Zobrist ripped a single to center to
score Sean Rodriguez and Escobar followed with a base hit up the middle to
play Evan Longoria and Myers.
The Dodgers finally got on the board in the seventh. Hairston walked then
moved to second on Longoria's throwing error. Tim Federowicz grounded into a
double play, but it moved Hairston to third for Schumaker, who laced a double
to left field.
In the eighth, Puig plated Ellis with a ground-rule double before coming
around on Juan Uribe's base hit to right field later in the frame to make it
Puig extended his hitting streak to eight games ... The Dodgers were 5-for-10
with RISP ... Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez made his first appearance since
injuring his shoulder on Aug. 4. He went 0-for-1 in his only at-bat.Tampa Bay
was 5-for-18 with runners in scoring position ... Longoria's error in the
seventh innings was the Rays' first error in 10 games ... Earlier
on Friday, the Rays recalled pitcher Josh Lueke from Triple-A Durham and
designated pitcher Kyle Farnsworth for assignment ... It was the Rays' first
game in Dodger Stadium ... Tampa Bay is 29-8 this season then its starting
pitcher lasts at least seven innings ... Game time: 3:55.
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