Say this for the Dodgers, they may not win a lot, but when they do, they tend to make it interesting.
They seemed all set to win a routine game Saturday -- getting great starting pitching, a spurt of timely hitting and even a game-saving defensive play -- when things went astray in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Only this time the Dodgers shook off the disappointment and rallied for a pair of runs in the 11th inning to pull out a 5-3 victory over the
The Dodgers scored off reliever
The Dodgers then had to survive a sketchy bottom of the inning. The Pirates had the tying runs at second and third bases with one out on a pair of infield hits and a wild pitch from former closer
Schumaker had already made a leaping catch at the left-field wall to steal a three-run homer from former Dodger
For a Dodgers team that has lost five of its last six games, a victory of any sorts, counts plenty.
Ramirez stepped on second base and then threw the ball somewhere in the vicinity of the Allegheny River, as Presley scored.
Meanwhile, right-hander Brandon Cumpton –- making his major league debut –- was making it look easy for the Pirates. He struck out five of the first six Dodgers he faced.
With Kershaw seemingly getting stronger, the Pirates clung to the 1-0 lead until the fifth inning when
The Dodgers took the lead in the sixth behind the middle of their lineup.
In the bottom of the inning, the Pirates had runners at first and second when Martin lined a drive to left. Schumaker retreated to the 6-foot fence, jumped and caught the ball clearly over the top of the wall.
Kershaw went seven strong innings, holding the Pirates to one run on three hits. He walked three and struck out eight.
The Pirates got one run back in the eighth inning against
Things still seemed all neat and comfy for the Dodgers when they sent Kenley Jansen in to close the 3-2 lead.
But with one out in the bottom of the ninth, Snider jumped on a fat Jansen fastball. It was one of those no-doubters, the homer tying the score and sending ithe game into extra innings.