Winning pitcher Chris Hatcher hugs Adrian Gonzalez after Gonzalez’s bases-loaded single in the 14th inning lifted the Dodgers to a 5-4 win. (Associated Press photo)
Home runs by Adrian Gonzalez (watch) and Andre Ethier (watch) put the Dodgers ahead 4-3 in the sixth inning, but a possible missed balk call sent the game into extras tied 4-4. The Dodgers won 5-4 in the 14th inning on a bases-loaded single by Gonzalez. Winning pitcher Chris Hatcher called it “probably our biggest win of the season.”
The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.
The Dodgers lead the National League West by 4 ½ games. It’s their biggest lead since July 12 and not far from their season-high of 5 ½ games. Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw are lined up to start their next two.
Kiké Hernandez landed on the 15-day disabled list prior to the game. Afterward he said he was diagnosed with a Grade 1 strain that felt better compared to the previous day. He’s optimistic he can be activated once his time is up on Sept. 15.
Carl Crawford’s first-inning single Thursday was his third hit since he returned from the disabled list July 21. (Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA — Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he’ll try to play Carl Crawford “at least once a series,” while giving either right fielder Yasiel Puig or left fielder Andre Ethier a day off.
Andre Ethier hit two home runs Sunday, including the game-winning blast in the bottom of the 10th inning to complete the Dodgers’ 5-3 win over the Angels. (Walt Mancini/Staff photographer)
Andre Ethier walked off the Angels, completing a three-game sweep at Dodger Stadium. The photo gallery is here. The box score is here.
Newly acquired pitcher Jim Johnson is the ultimate journeyman, playing for his fifth team in 20 months.
Carl Crawford hasn’t played for the Dodgers since April 27. He’s expected back from the disabled list Monday or Tuesday. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Carl Crawford is en route from Oklahoma City to Atlanta, where the Dodgers begin a three-game series Monday, and will be activated from the disabled list sometime over the next two days. Crawford hasn’t played since April because of a strained oblique muscle.
In eight rehab games at Triple-A Oklahoma City, Crawford had 11 hits in 30 at-bats, including two doubles, a triple and a home run. Crawford had four plate appearances with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga too, giving him 36 total.
Crawford’s return will give the Dodgers a glut of outfielders. Kiké Hernandez, Alex Guerrero and Scott Van Slyke are already backing up starters Andre Ethier, Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said the corresponding roster move is still being discussed.
CHICAGO — Yasiel Puig was scratched from the Dodgers’ starting lineup minutes before the scheduled first pitch Wednesday night against the Cubs.
Puig has been dealing with a popped blister on his left hand, about the size of a half-dollar, since Monday.
The Dodgers have not officially commented on the reason why Puig was scratched.
Update (7:30 p.m.): Puig was scratched due to an open callus on his left hand, the team confirmed.
Alex Guerrero is now batting fifth and playing left field and Andre Ethier is playing right field.