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Dodgers win 1-0 pitchers’ duel with Yasmani Grandal’s 13th inning home run

first_imgPedro Baez, Adam Liberatore and Yimi Garcia pitched a scoreless seventh, eighth and ninth innings for the Dodgers. Oliver Perez, Randall Delgado and Andrew Chafin did the same for Arizona.Both teams had chances to score late.In the ninth inning, Howie Kendrick hit a line drive that dribbled to the wall in right-center field, only to be thrown out trying to stretch a double into a triple. Leadoff doubles by Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt in the top of the 10th, and the Dodgers’ Andre Ethier in the bottom of the 10th, both went to waste.The Diamondbacks used two-out singles by Jordan Pacheco and Aaron Hill to put runners on first and third in the 13th inning against J.P. Howell. Pacheco attempted to score on a wild pitch that skipped a few feet away from Grandal, but the catcher underhanded the ball to Howell, who reached blindly behind his back to tag out Pacheco.Grandal — who entered the game as a pinch hitter in the 10th inning — led off the bottom of the 13th and came through, belting the third pitch he saw from Marshall for his second home run of the season. “You don’t expect to go 13 innings, but our pitching staff did a great job today,” Grandal said. “A.J. (Ellis) called a great game. … You don’t expect to get into the game.”The Dodgers used all 12 of their position players and seven of their eight relievers. It was their first scoreless extra-innings game since July 28, 2013 against the Cincinnati Reds, a game that ended on a solo home run by Yasiel Puig.Juan Uribe extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a single in the fifth inning.The Dodgers (16-8) swept the three-game series and lead the second-place San Diego Padres (14-12) by three games in the NL West. They are 13-2 at home this season. Up next: A seven-game road trip through Milwaukee and Denver.While Anderson leaves with a start he can be proud of, the Dodgers have a stat they can be proud of as a team: They’ve won three games in their final at-bat this season, and a different player has scored and driven in the winning run each time.“The new guys, they’re really setting the tone,” Howell said. “They’re really bringing their character. It really, genuinely is each guy is pulling on the rope here. It’s not easy to do. We’ve seen it in L.A. here for years … it’s tough to do. When you get that, you just want to keep moving forward.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Before Sunday, the most important thing Brett Anderson had done for the Dodgers this season was stay healthy. In the long term, a clean MRI means more to the chronically injured pitcher than one clean inning.On a day the Dodgers needed him to be nearly perfect, Anderson pitched six innings without allowing a run Sunday in a 1-0 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. His fifth start in a Dodgers uniform was undoubtedly his best.Neither team scored until the 13th inning, when Yasmani Grandal hit a solo home run to left-center field off Evan Marshall to end the game.“You throw six innings, you don’t expect to participate in less than half the game,” Anderson said. “It was kind of a war of attrition. … You play however long as long as we win.”center_img The Diamondbacks mustered just five singles and no runs in six innings against Anderson. Six balls left the infield against him in total. The left-hander lowered his ERA from 5.49 to 4.21.“I got in a better rhythm than I had the previous handful of starts,” he said. “I was able to make some pitches with runners on, limit the damage with runners on. … It was definitely a step in the right direction.”Yet Anderson wasn’t the most difficult pitcher to hit Sunday. He wasn’t even the most difficult Anderson to hit.Diamondbacks starter Chase Anderson — no relation — took a no-hitter into the fourth inning and allowed only one other single to match his namesake zero for zero for six innings.The net result: A good game for the announced crowd of 48,136 at Dodger Stadium — so long as they were fans of pitching.last_img

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