Kirk Gibson's home run in Game 1 of the 1988
The Dodgers could be moving closer to providing a new generation of fans with October memories of their own. The team's magic number to win the
"I was waiting for a chance to get this game over with," said Van Slyke, who lined a changeup by
The Dodgers could secure their first division title in four years as early as Saturday, when they face the
"I hate to talk about it," Manager
The Dodgers' seventh walk-off victory of the season was set up by the bullpen. Relievers Paco Rodriguez,
"I brought everything I was doing in bullpen sessions to the game," Volquez said.
Volquez blanked the Diamondbacks over the first three innings. He gave up his first run in the fourth inning, when
The Diamondbacks went ahead in the fifth inning, 3-2, on a towering two-run home run by
The Dodgers responded in the bottom half of the inning, illustrating the lineup depth Gibson praised earlier in the day.
"Adrian Gonzalez has a cast of characters around him, really, for the first time in many, many years," Gibson said. "When he played with San Diego, we could pitch around him. Now, he he's got protection."
Of the three runs charged to Diamondbacks starter
The first two runs scored by the Dodgers were the result of a second-inning throwing error by catcher Montero.
Juan Uribe walked, took second on a wild pitch by Cahill and reached third on a one-out single by Mark Ellis.
Volquez put down a bunt, which Montero retrieved. Instead of throwing to first base, Montero attempted to throw out Ellis at second.
Montero's throw sailed into center field, allowing Uribe to score and Ellis to reach third. Ellis scored on a groundout by Puig to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead.
Mark Ellis singled with one out in the 11th, and Van Slyke lined a pitch into the left-field seats, giving the Dodgers a 13-game lead.