Dodgers bounce back after halftime, win in overtime
By Jon Weisman
Dodgers 5, Braves 3 in 10 innings. Choose your headliner:
- Yasmani Grandal, who reached base four times (to raise his 2016 on-base percentage to .571) and carried home the Dodgers’ first run in the fifth inning after the Dodgers fell behind, 3-0.
- Adrian Gonzalez, with a game-tying home run in the sixth inning.
- Justin Turner, with a go-ahead RBI double in the 10th inning.
- How about Chase Utley, who went 2 for 5, including the leadoff hit, stolen base and first run in the 10th, and a relentlessly effective night on defense?
- Or maybe that Dodger bullpen, with 6 1/3 shutout innings.
Heck, we’ll just go with all of the above.
By the time it was over, it seemed like an eternity since a Dodger starting pitcher was forced to leave before the fifth inning for the second night in a row. All three runs (two earned) scored off Ross Stripling with two outs and two strikes on the batter, extending him so much that Dave Roberts lifted him after 3 2/3 innings and 76 pitches.
But after being held to one run over their first 13 innings in Georgia, the Dodgers were able to come back and even the series with Atlanta, with Clayton Kershaw going in Thursday’s 9:10 a.m. Pacific start.
Dodger relievers have allowed one earned run in their past 24 1/3 innings.