Orioles outlast Dodgers for 14-inning triumph
- Jonathan Schoop doubled in the go-ahead runs with two outs in the 14th inning.
- The game in Los Angeles included a stadium-record 36 strikeouts.
- Mychal Givens (6-1) got the win and Zach Britton picked up his 25th save.
LOS ANGELES — A rare weekday game under a hot sun at Dodger Stadium dragged into rush hour with the Baltimore Orioles and Los Angeles Dodgers blowing numerous scoring chances.
The AL East-leading Orioles left town finally feeling good after Jonathan Schoop doubled in the go-ahead runs with two outs in the 14th inning for a 6-4 victory Wednesday in a game that included a stadium-record 36 strikeouts.
“Seldom is there a lot of fun to be had when you get past the regular nine innings,” Orioles slugger Mark Trumbo said. “Especially when it gets to 13, 14, 15 or more. Everyone is pretty spent usually. It’s very taxing.”
Schoop drove in Manny Machado and Chris Davis, who had consecutive singles, when center fielder Trayce Thompson tried to a backhanded diving catch and the ball rolled well out of his reach. It was Schoop’s lone hit.
“I was going crazy, but I didn’t want to show it,” Schoop said. “I was really, really excited.”
Mychal Givens (6-1) got the win. Zach Britton got his 25th save in as many chances.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter joked about the length of the 5-hour, 26-minute game, fourth-longest in Dodger Stadium history.
“Seeing a lot of faces, shaking hands after the game, I’m going, ‘Did you play today?’” he said, answering, “’Yeah, about four hours ago, Coach.’”
Trumbo hit two leadoff home runs, giving him a major league-leading 26 on the season for the Orioles, who took two out of three to win the interleague series. Trumbo went 3 for 5 with three runs scored and two RBIs, and said he would participate in next week’s Home Run Derby at the All-Star Game in San Diego.
“When I’m getting good pitches to hit, I’m hitting them hard,” he said.
Chris Hatcher (5-4) got the loss and grounded out with the bases loaded to end the game.
“The guy (Britton) threw all fastballs,” said a glum Hatcher, who was supposed to have the day off after pitching two innings of a 4-1 loss Tuesday.
The Dodgers had the potential tying runs on base in the bottom of the 14th, when manager Dave Roberts was ejected by home plate umpire Pat Hoberg for arguing balls and strikes on Howie Kendrick.
“The first pitch to Howie was down,” Roberts said. “Howie wasn’t happy with it and I wanted to come to the defense of my player.”
With one out, Adrian Gonzalez doubled and Thompson walked. Kendrick grounded into a fielder’s choice and Thompson was out at second. Yasmani Grandal was intentionally walked to load the bases before Hatcher’s groundout ended the marathon.
Chase Utley had a career-high six hits for the Dodgers, who struck out 18 times. Thompson fanned four times as did newly minted rookie All-Star Corey Seager, whose double in the seventh extended his hitting streak to 19 games, longest in the National League this season.
Utley became the first Dodger with that many hits since Shawn Green in 2002.
The combined strikeouts bettered the old mark of 32 set by the Braves and Dodgers on Aug. 3, 1996.
The Dodgers ran out of position players in the 13th, sending pitcher Scott Kazmir to bat for reliever Louis Coleman and he grounded out. In the eighth, Kenta Maeda, who started Tuesday, served as a pinch-runner.
The Dodgers tagged out the potential winning run at the plate in the 13th. Adam Jones singled to right and pinch-hitter Joey Rickard, who singled, took off for home but was out at the plate on Utley’s relay from Yasiel Puig.
The Orioles missed a scoring chance with two runners on in the 12th. With one out, Machado walked and Davis grounded out to third. Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner was playing on the right side of the infield and with no one covering third on the defensive shift, Machado advanced two bases. After an intentional walk to Trumbo, Schoop grounded out to shortstop.
The Dodgers failed to cash in with the bases loaded in the seventh and eighth innings, and Gonzalez grounded into an inning-ending double play in the 11th.
Gonzalez singled in the tying and go-ahead runs in the fifth, giving the Dodgers a 4-3 lead.
Trumbo’s first homer came off starter Bud Norris in the fourth, putting the Orioles back in front 3-2.
Norris allowed three runs and six hits in five innings of his second start since being acquired from Atlanta last week. The right-hander struck out five and walked two.
Orioles starter Kevin Gausman gave up four runs and eight hits in five innings, struck out six and walked one.
TURNING THE CORNER
Showalter says that based on health and performance Dylan Bundy could get a shot at the starting rotation. The 23-year-old right-hander made a strong case for it, striking out seven over 2 1/3 innings of relief Wednesday. He hasn’t allowed an earned run over 14 1/3 innings in his last six appearances, lowering his ERA from 4.94 to 3.08.
The Dodgers threatened in the seventh when they loaded the bases against Bundy, who struck out Thompson and Kendrick on a called third strike to end the inning.
Dodgers: OF Andre Ethier, who broke his foot in spring training, is aiming to return in early August. Roberts says he’s doing light jogging and the next step will be taking live batting practice. Ethier will do a 10-day minor league rehab stint. … LHP Brett Anderson, on the DL with a bulging disk in his back, could be back by mid-August. He threw off a mound for the first time Tuesday.
Orioles: After a day off Thursday, the O’s open a three-game series at home against the Los Angeles Angels. Baltimore has yet to name a starter for Friday.
Dodgers: RHP Hyun-Jin Ryu makes his season debut and his first start since the 2014 playoffs. He had left shoulder surgery in May 2015 after going 14-7 with a 3.38 ERA in 2014.