Dodgers mount late comeback vs. Jays
Adrian Gonzalez hit a three-run homer, Andre Ethier and Jerry Hairston Jr. added solo shots and the streaking Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-9 Tuesday night for their fifth straight victory and 22nd in 27 games.
Gonzalez, Ethier and Mark Ellis each had three RBIs as the Dodgers won their ninth straight road game, matching their longest streak since July 2004.
Hairston homered in the sixth and Gonzalez erased an 8-6 deficit with a drive to center off Darren Oliver (3-2) in the eighth, his 15th. One out later, Ethier went deep for the seventh time.
Former Blue Jays right-hander Brandon League (4-3) got two outs for the win.
Jose Reyes, Jose Bautista and Mark DeRosa homered for the struggling Blue Jays, who closed their clubhouse for a players-only meeting before the game but couldn't hold onto an 8-3 lead after six innings. Toronto has lost six straight and 13 of 17.
DeRosa hit his sixth homer in the fourth and Bautista hit his 23rd in the fifth, chasing Dodgers left-hander Chris Capuano. Reyes went deep for the sixth time in the sixth, connecting off Carlos Marmol in his Los Angeles debut.
Marmol allowed three runs and four hits in 1 2-3 innings.
Reyes hit an RBI double and Bautista singled home a run in the third, but the Dodgers answered with two in the fourth on Ethier's double and Ellis' single.
Toronto reclaimed the lead in the bottom half. DeRosa hit a one-out homer and Rajai Davis doubled and scored on Lawrie's sacrifice fly.
Marmol came on after Bautista homered in the fifth, but couldn't contain the damage. Arencibia doubled to begin the sixth and scored on Lawrie's single, and Reyes followed with a line-drive homer to right.
Los Angeles cut it to 8-6 with a three-run seventh against All-Star reliever Brett Cecil. Ethier drew a bases-loaded walk and Ellis hit a two-run single. The Dodgers left the bases loaded when Ethier was forced out at home plate on Nick Punto's comebacker.
Carl Crawford singled off Oliver to begin the eighth and Yasiel Puig walked before Gonzalez homered on a 1-1 pitch.
Neither starter figured in the decision. Blue Jays right-hander Todd Redmond allowed three runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings. He walked one and matched his career high with six strikeouts.
Capuano allowed five runs and seven hits in 4 1-3 innings. He walked one and struck out two.
Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp sat out his second straight game with a sore left ankle. Kemp is expected to miss the entire three-game series against Toronto.
NOTES: The Dodgers opened a roster spot for Marmol by placing RHP Jose Dominguez on the 15-day DL with a strained left quadriceps. ... The Blue Jays bumped OF Melky Cabrera up from fifth to second in the order, dropping Bautista to third and Edwin Encarnacion to fourth. ... Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt will be away from the team for several days following the death of his mother-in-law, manager Don Mattingly said. Bullpen coach Chuck Crim will replace Honeycutt, and minor league pitching coordinator Rafael Chaves will take over for Crim.