Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Mark Ellis and Yasiel Puig each homered as part
of a five-run 10th inning that vaulted the red-hot Los Angeles Dodgers to a
three-game interleague sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays with an 8-3 triumph
Wednesday at Rogers Centre.
Puig scored the game-tying run on Colby Rasmus' fielding error in the ninth
before Brandon League (5-3) held the Jays hitless in the home half.
Toronto reliever Juan Perez (1-2) issued a one-out walk to Juan Uribe in the
10th before Ellis launched an 0-2 sinker over the wall in left. Two batters
later, Puig drove a slider over the left-field wall to push the lead to 6-3.
Adrian Gonzalez followed with a walk and Hanley Ramirez ripped a double before
Andre Ethier plated both runners with a double to left to make it 8-3.
Kenley Jansen retired the Jays in order in the bottom of the 10th to secure
the Dodgers' sixth straight victory.
Ethier collected four hits and two RBI, while Puig finished a triple shy of
the cycle to go with two RBI and two runs scored for the Dodgers, who have won
10 straight on the road for the first time since winning 11 in a row away
from home to open the 1955 season.
Brett Lawrie plated a pair of runs for the slumping Blue Jays, who have lost a
season-high seven straight games. Six of those losses have come at home,
marking the first time since Aug. 15-28, 2004 that the Jays have dropped six
straight home games.
Toronto seemed to destined to snap its losing skid after pushing a run across
in the eighth to take a 3-2 edge into the final frame.
Melky Cabrera led off the eighth with a single before being replaced by pinch-
runner Rajai Davis, who promptly swiped second.
Jose Bautista followed with a sharp grounder toward first that Gonzalez made a
diving stop on, but his throw to reliever Ronald Belisario covering first was
off the mark and Davis raced home for a 3-2 lead.
Toronto closer Casey Janssen took the mound to start the ninth and issued a
leadoff walk to Puig before fanning the next two Dodgers.
Ethier then laced a sinking liner into center that landed just in front of a
charging Rasmus. Puig was prepared to stop at third, but the ball took a high
hop off the turf and sailed over Rasmus' glove, allowing Puig score from first
for the tying run.
Early on, the Dodgers plated a run in the second on Uribe's bases-loaded
sacrifice fly before Puig doubled the lead with an RBI double in the third.
LA starter Ricky Nolasco held the Jays hitless over the first four frames, but
ran into control issues in the fifth, as he issued consecutive one-out walks
to Rasmus and Maicer Izturis.
After J.P. Arencibia flied out, Lawrie registered Toronto's first hit when he
laced a double to center to plate both runners and tie the game at 2-2.
The Dodgers have gone 23-5 since June 22 to jump into first place in the NL
West ... Nolasco allowed two runs on two hits and four walks over 5 2/3 frames
... Toronto starter Esmil Rogers yielded two runs on 10 hits over seven
innings ... LA went 2-for-17 with runners in scoring position and left 13
runners on base ... It's the first time since 1979 that the Blue Jays have
lost six in a row to begin the second half of a season.
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