Tony Gwynn Jr. went 3 for 5 with two RBIs and helped the Dodgers rally in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Angels, 3-2, yesterday, preventing a Freeway Series sweep in Los Angeles.
The late-inning thrills capped a pitching duel between aces Clayton Kershaw and Jered Weaver.
Pinch hitter Aaron Miles, batting for Kershaw, drove in the tying run in the ninth on a sacrifice fly and Gwynn won it with his two-out single.
The Dodgers ended a three-game skid, though they remain nine games below .500.
“We needed a win,’’ Kershaw said. “It’s awesome any time you walk off. Tony came up huge.’’
Kershaw (8-3) gave up six hits — including a tiebreaking homer by Vernon Wells in the top of the ninth — in his second consecutive complete game, tying a season high with 11 strikeouts for the second straight outing. He also walked none in his 100th career start. Kershaw leads the NL with 128 strikeouts.
Weaver allowed one run and seven hits in seven innings. He struck out four and walked one.
Angels closer Jordan Walden (1-2) walked his first two batters in the ninth before Jamey Carroll advanced the runners with a sacrifice bunt. Miles hit a fly to center field, scoring Dee Gordon on a close play, and Gwynn lined a 2-and-2 pitch into right to end the game.
Rays 14, Astros 10 — Tampa Bay outslugged host Houston behind Evan Longoria, who homered twice and drove in five runs, and B.J. Upton, who homered for the third straight day and tied a season high with four RBIs.
Longoria came within a triple of the cycle and had his first multihomer game since 2009. One of his homers was initially ruled a single until the call was overturned after a video review.
Matt Joyce’s two-out, two-run double in the eighth put the Rays ahead, 9-8. Casey Kotchman followed with a two-run single.
Yankees 6, Rockies 4 — On Old Timers’ Day at Yankee Stadium, Nick Swisher and Jorge Posada smacked back-to-back homers for New York and Eduardo Nunez hit a tiebreaking single in the seventh.
Mark Teixeira also homered for the Yankees and Alex Rodriguez drove in a run in his sixth straight game. Colorado’s Ty Wigginton connected twice for his second multihomer game this week.
Mariners 2, Marlins 1 — Rookie Dustin Ackley led off the top of the 10th inning with a double, moved up on a fly out, then raced home with the go-ahead run when Florida reliever Steve Cishek threw a wild pitch during an intentional walk, giving Seattle a wacky win — a fitting end for the unique interleague series in which the Marlins were the home team in Seattle’s ballpark due to a stadium conflict back in Miami.
Ackley started the 10th by lining a 2-and-1 pitch from Randy Choate (0-1) the opposite way into the left-field corner, his first career double and his third hit of the night.
Giants 3, Indians 1 — Madison Bumgarner (4-9) bounced back from a one-out, eight-run performance with one of his best starts, striking out a career-high 11 in seven innings to help San Francisco complete a three-game sweep at home.
Padres 4, Braves 1 — Cory Luebke combined with four relievers on a two-hitter and host San Diego scored four runs in the eighth off Atlanta’s Jonny Venters.
Blue Jays 5, Cardinals 0 — Ricky Romero (7-7) threw a four-hitter for his second career shutout and helped break it open with his first career hit, a two-run single, as Toronto swept the three-game set in St. Louis
Nationals 2, White Sox 1 — Chicago’s Phil Humber carried a no-hit bid into the sixth, but a two-out walk in the seventh was followed by Danny Espinosa’s 14th homer for visiting Washington.
Orioles 7, Reds 5 — Derrek Lee and Mark Reynolds homered in a four-run fourth, Luke Scott added a solo shot in the seventh, and host Baltimore jumped on Homer Bailey, who returned to the Cincinnati rotation after missing a month with a sprained pitching shoulder.
Phillies 3, Athletics 1 — Roy Halladay (10-3) pitched his NL-leading fifth complete game and Jimmy Rollins went 4 for 4, pacing Philadelphia at home.
Brewers 6, Twins 2 — Ryan Braun extended his hitting streak to 17 games with a tiebreaking two-run homer in the fifth, and Milwaukee sent visiting Minnesota to its fifth straight defeat.
Tigers 8, Diamondbacks 3 — Host Detroit scored seven runs with two outs in the eighth, taking the lead on a two-run single by Miguel Cabrera.
Mets 8, Rangers 5 — Jose Reyes had four hits and scored three runs in support of rookie Dillon Gee (8-1), and New York took two of three in Arlington, Texas.
Royals 6, Cubs 3 — Alex Gordon pushed his hitting streak to 13 games with an RBI double in a four-run first for host Kansas City.