Dodgers overcome five-run deficit in 10-9 win over Blue Jays

Everyone else in the National League West just quit right now.


The Dodgers clearly have been possessed, and why would you want to mess with forces you cannot understand?

The first-place Dodgers continued their astounding turnaround Tuesday, overcoming a five-run deficit, a shaky start by Chris Capuano and a horrid debut by reliever Carlos Marmol to pound out a 10-9 victory over the Blue Jays in Toronto.

Adrian Gonzalez delivered the biggest of many big blows, hitting a three-run homer in the eighth inning to give the Dodgers a 9-8 lead. Moments later, Andre Ethier added a solo homer for what proved to be the winning run.

The victory was the Dodgers' fifth straight and 22nd in 27 games.

Their streak looked like it was in jeopardy when the Blue Jays chased the up-and-down Capuano after 4 1/3 innings with five runs, and then added three more against Marmol in his 1 2/3 innings. Marmol gave up four hits, a walk and threw a wild pitch. Otherwise, he was lights out.

The Dodgers found themselves down 8-3 after six innings, which in their previous lifetime -- a month ago -- would have meant game over.

But these are the new Dodgers, a sudden offensive juggernaut brimming with confidence, who act like they enjoy nothing more than a good challenge.

So they climbed back in the game by scoring three times in the seventh and then won it with four more in the eighth.

In their last three games, they've scored 33 runs on 41 hits.

On this night against a reeling Toronto team that has lost six consecutive games, the Dodgers started their comeback in the seventh in innocent fashion. Yasiel Puig beat out a routine grounder for a base hit. It was the second time on the night his speed turned an out into a hit.

A single by Gonzalez and a walk to Hanley Ramirez loaded the bases. Ethier walked to force in one run, and then Mark Ellis singled in two more.

The Dodgers took their first lead of the night in the eighth after Carl Crawford singled and Puig worked a walk to bring up Gonzalez, who crushed a Darren Oliver fastball for his 15th home run on the season.

Ethier's home run was his seventh. Jerry Hairston Jr. also homered for the Dodgers.


Ex-closer Brandon League wrapped up the seventh to get credit for the victory and raise his record to 4-3. Kenley Jansen struggled, allowing a ninth-inning run, but finished it to earn his 12th save.