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The Dodgers completed their three-game sweep of the
Van Slyke also tripled in the game, missing a home run by inches, but it was his blast to lead off the 12th that finally led to the end of the Dodgers’ latest five-hour-plus game.
The Dodgers won Thursday's first game, 9-4, but everything about the second game proved difficult, and that's not even considering the 46-degree weather.
The Dodgers went two for 13 with runners in scoring position and could not cash in on one of the 12 walks the Twins issued.
By the time the game finally ended, the Dodgers may have forgotten a nice debut outing by Red Patterson. They did get a strong bullpen outing from
Jansen, struggling to hit 91 mph on the radar gun, finally got
Wilson, who had been struggling, came on in the eighth with two on and no outs and retired the next three Twins, the final two on strikeouts.
The Dodgers are 2-5 in extra-inning games.
Patterson, a right-hander who turns 27 on May 11, was called up as an emergency starter, and after a nervous looking first inning, pitched extremely well, better than the Dodgers had reason to expect.
In the first inning, however, the first two hitters singled, he mixed in a walk, and the Twins scored one run on a sacrifice fly.
After that, Patterson looked very comfortable. He retired 11 consecutive at one point. He threw too many pitches in his 4¿ innings (87) but was charged only with the one run. He allowed only two hits, walked three and struck out one.
The Dodgers finally tied the score after Van Slyke led off the sixth with a triple off the wall.
Then the Dodgers gave the run right back, thanks to that gray cloud that continues to hang over their early season -- horrid defense. Uribe and League took turns throwing balls away to first for errors to allow Minnesota to score the go-ahead run.
But the lead did not last long, with Gonzalez lining his
The Dodgers had gone 10 for 24 with runners in scoring position in the first two games against Minnesota. This game, they left runners on base in each of the first seven innings.