TORONTO — Their starting pitcher failed to complete five innings. Their new reliever showed why his previous team got rid of him. They trailed by five runs and were down to their last nine outs.
"We actually talked about it in one of the pitching changes,"
The Dodgers scored three runs in the seventh inning and four in the eighth to win for the 22nd time in 27 games, remaining in first place in the
Gonzalez hit a towering three-run home run in the eighth inning to move the Dodgers in front, 9-8.
"There's been times, earlier in the season, where maybe we would have felt out of it,"
Capuano was one of the primary reasons the Dodgers faced such a large deficit. He was charged with five runs and seven hits in 41/3 innings. He gave up two home runs and departed with the Dodgers behind, 5-2.
His replacement, newcomer
The comeback started with
"It's just everybody trying to have good at-bats," Gonzalez said. "The pressure is taken off when you know the guy behind you is going to have a great at-bat as well. When things go well, you don't feel that pressure to have to come through. It allows you to work the count, take a hit, take a walk. You don't try to do too much."
That was the opposite of what was happening earlier this season, when the Dodgers couldn't score and were in last place.
"When you're not coming through as a team, everybody tightens up and tries to do too much," Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez delivered the big hit the next inning, when he sent an offering by
The only other time the Dodgers overcame a five-run deficit and won was against the Angels on May 27. In that game, they had 51/2 innings to come back.
Mattingly acknowledged that such a comeback might not have been possible in most other ballparks.
"It's a little bit like Colorado," Mattingly said. "Nothing's really safe, so you have to keep playing. There's going to be runs scored. You play in the ballparks we play in the West, you just don't do this because the ballparks are too big. Some of these balls are outs. The air is different."