LOS ANGELES (AP) — Reliever Fernando Rodney’s throwing error allowed the winning run to score in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving the Los Angeles Dodgers an improbable 7-6 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday night.
Rodney (4-3) took the loss, allowing four runs — three earned — and four hits while getting just one out in the Ray’s first-ever visit to Dodger Stadium.
Ronald Belisaro (5-6) got the victory in relief, helping the Dodgers extend their winning streak to three games.
Jerry Hairston Jr. grounded into a fielder’s choice to first base and Adrian Gonzalez scored on Rodney’s throwing error. Gonzalez’ RBI double tied the game 6-all after Mark Ellis’ RBI triple and Nick Punto’s RBI double — both hits landing in the left field corner — sparked the Dodgers’ rally.
The Dodgers scored two runs in the eighth on rookie Yasiel Puig’s RBI double and Juan Uribe’s RBI single.
James Loney went 3 for 4 with two RBIs in his first game at Dodger Stadium since he was traded to Boston in a nine-player deal last August that was the biggest in Dodgers’ history. Los Angeles acquired Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Punto, all of whom have contributed in the team’s last-to-first turnaround since June. The Dodgers also got pitcher Josh Beckett, who is injured.
David Price allowed one unearned run and seven hits while striking out four. He walked Hairston in the seventh, snapping a streak of 35 1/3 innings without a walk, the longest stretch in Rays’ history. Price was one of three former Cy Young award winners set to pitch in the series, with Dodgers teammates Zack Greinke starting Saturday and Clayton Kershaw on Sunday.
Chris Capuano gave up six runs — five earned — and 10 hits in 4 1-3 innings. He struck out three and walked one. The left-hander hadn’t allowed a run in his previous 13 innings over his last two starts since July 28.
The Rays scored three runs in the fifth when they batted around. Yunel Escobar’s two-run single made it 6-0 after Ben Zobrist’s RBI single accounted for the other run. Capuano allowed three singles and a double to center field in the inning before being replaced by J.P. Howell.
Escobar’s RBI single led to Tampa Bay’s first run in the second. Loney tacked on a two-run single to give the Rays a 3-0 lead.
Notes: Because the game lagged past the Dodgers’ 11 p.m. curfew, the usual Friday night fireworks display was cancelled. … The Rays recalled RHP Josh Lueke from Triple-A Durham and designated RHP Kyle Farnsworth for assignment. Lueke came on in the eighth, and promptly gave up Puig’s double and walked Hairston with two outs. He was 0-2 with a 3.75 ERA in two previous stints with the Rays this season. … Dodgers reliever Brian Wilson made his second rehab start for Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday night. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Wilson would need to pitch in back-to-back games before he gets called up. … The Rays were the last major league team not to have played at Dodger Stadium.