(AP) Ellis, Puig lead Dodgers past Blue Jays 8-3 in 10
By IAN HARRISON
Mark Ellis hit a two-run homer to highlight Los Angeles’ five-run 10th inning as the Dodgers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-3 on Wednesday night to complete a three-game sweep.
Yasiel Puig also went deep in the 10th for the streaking Dodgers, who have won six straight and 23 of 28 to go from last in the NL West on June 21 to first place.
Los Angeles won its 10th straight road game, the franchise’s longest streak since the Brooklyn Dodgers won their first 11 away from home in 1955.
Brandon League (5-3) pitched two innings to beat his former team for the second straight game and Kenley Jansen finished for the Dodgers.
Juan Perez (1-2) gave up all five runs and four hits in the 10th inning for Toronto.
The Blue Jays were swept for the second straight series, and have lost a season-high seven consecutive games and 14 of 18.
Toronto led 3-2 heading into the ninth before the Dodgers rallied against closer Casey Janssen. Puig drew a leadoff walk before Janssen struck out Adrian Gonzalez and Hanley Ramirez, then got two strikes on Andre Ethier. When Ethier hit a sinking liner to center, Colby Rasmus charged the ball but couldn’t catch it, then had it bounce off his glove, allowing Puig to score.
The blown save was Janssen’s second in 20 opportunities.
In the 10th, Juan Uribe drew a one-out walk and Ellis homered into the second deck in left, his fifth. One out later, Puig hit his ninth homer.
Gonzalez walked, Ramirez doubled and Ethier followed with a two-run double.
Ethier went 4 for 5 with two RBIs and Puig was 3 for 5 with a walk and two RBIs.
The Blue Jays broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth against Ronald Belisario when pinch runner Rajai Davis scored from second on a throwing error by Gonzalez.
Los Angeles opened the scoring on Uribe’s bases-loaded sacrifice fly in the second, and Puig made it 2-0 with an RBI double in the third.
Dodgers starter Ricky Nolasco held the Blue Jays without a hit until the bottom of the fifth, when Rasmus and Maicer Izturis drew consecutive walks and Brett Lawrie drove them in with a two-out double off the wall.
Making his fourth start since being acquired from Miami on July 7, Nolasco allowed two runs and two hits in 5 2-3 innings. He matched a season-high with four walks and struck out five.
Toronto starter Esmil Rogers allowed two runs and 10 hits in seven innings, matching his longest outing of the season. The right-hander, who walked one and struck out four, has not won since June 18 against Colorado, a span of six starts.
Before the game, the Dodgers placed outfielder Matt Kemp on the 15-day disabled list and activated left-hander Ted Lilly. Kemp’s move is backdated to July 22, meaning he’s eligible to return Aug. 6, but manager Don Mattingly said Kemp might need more time.
NOTES: The game was briefly halted in the fourth after home plate umpire Will Little was hit on the left arm by a pitch from Nolasco. Little remained in the game, but left the field for treatment between the top and bottom of the sixth. … Blue Jays RHP Brandon Morrow will have more tests on his sore right forearm. Toronto GM Alex Anthopoulos said it’s hard to be optimistic that Morrow will be able to return this season.