The drama-filled Dodgers were at again.
Rookie Kyle Farmer delivered a two-run, walk-off double in his first ever Major League at-bat, and the Los Angeles Dodgers stunned the San Francisco Giants, 3-2, for their ninth walk-off win of the season on Sunday night at Dodger Stadium.
With the Dodgers trailing, 2-1, heading into the bottom of the 11th inning, Farmer made his MLB debut as a pinch-hitter with runners on first and second and one out.
After working a full count, Farmer roped a base hit down the right field line that scored Corey Seager and Justin Turner and the Dodgers rallied once again for their 31st comeback victory of the season.
Before the drama packed final inning, Joe Panik, tied the game for the Giants with an RBI single in the top of the 11th that gave the Giants a 2-1 lead.
Early on, the Dodgers and Giants were deadlocked in a good old fashioned pitcher’s duel between left-handers Hyun-Jin Ryu and Madison Bumgarner.
Bumgarner did not factor in the decision as he scattered just five hits with one walk and seven strikeouts in seven shutout innings for San Francisco.
Sunday was easily Bumgarner’s best performance of the season, and his first scoreless appearance since he was activated off the disabled list on July 15.
Ryu did not factor in the decision, but matched Madison pitch-for-pitch, also allowing just five hits with one walk and seven strikeouts in seven shutout innings of his own for Los Angeles.
The Korean southpaw has been hit or miss against the rival Giants over the course of his career, going 4-5 with a 3.79 ERA in 10 starts.
Conor Gillaspie broke the scoreless tie when he sent an 0-2 fastball from Josh Fields into the short porch in right field for just his second long ball of the season.
San Francisco led 1-0 heading into the bottom of the ninth before Chase Utley nearly single-handedly tied the game for the Dodgers.
The 38-year-old Utley led off the inning with a chopper to third base that he just beat out for an infield single. One pitch later, he stole second, and then scored on an RBI single up the middle by Yasiel Puig.
The stolen base was Utley’s 150th of his career, and he currently leads all active players in baseball with an 87.7 percent success rate.
Right-hander Sam Dyson, blew the save for San Francisco, his second blown save of the season, and first with the Giants.
The back-and-forth battle continued in the 11th inning as Luis Avilan surrended the go-ahead single to Panik before the Dodgers answered with two runs of their own off Albert Suarez.
The victory gave the Dodgers their 14th sweep of the season, one shy of the team record of 15 sweeps set in 1976.
Los Angeles extended thier MLB-record to 52 consecutive victories when leading at any point, and have won eight in a row overall.
More importantly, the sweep gives the Dodgers a 7-6 lead over the rival Giants in head-to-head games this season.
The Dodgers will be off on Monday as they travel to Atlanta for a three-game series in the South starting on Tuesday at 4:35PM PST. In the meantime, all eyes will be on the MLB trade deadline, which ends at 1:00PM PST.
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