With apologies to Cincinnati, the
The Dodgers might not have the top-to-bottom firepower of the 1970s
Good teams, bad teams,
This time they toppled
The Dodgers are 22-3 since the All-Star break and, by winning the first two games of their three-game series with the Mets, haven't lost a series since mid-June.
The Dodgers were led by starter
"It's real fun to be a Dodger right now," Ellis said.
The win also gave the Dodgers a 39-8 record since June 22. The last NL team to win 39 of 47 games was the 1951 New York
That Giants' surge, coincidentally, came as the team was overtaking the Brooklyn Dodgers for the pennant, capped by Bobby Thomson's famous home run.
Harvey (9-4), who came into the game with a 2.09 earned-run average, stymied the Dodgers through the first four innings as he repeatedly fired fastballs at 96-97 mph and the Dodgers hit into three double plays.
But the Dodgers broke through in the fifth inning when Ellis walked,
Mark Ellis and
Ryu (12-3) gave up a solo home run to
"That's how you beat a good pitcher . . . keep the game close," Dodgers Manager
Ryu said through an interpreter that, after allowing the first-inning homer, his goal "was just to make sure I didn't give up any more runs." He didn't and lowered his ERA to 2.91 from 2.99.
Mattingly also said that