He was standing in the on-deck circle as Juan Uribe stood at the plate with runners on the corners and one out. Braves reliever Anthony Varvaro hurled his second wild pitch in as many batters and pinch-runner Skip Schumaker came hurtling toward the plate to notch the Dodgers' first walk-off win of the season, 2-1.
The ball rolled on a back-left diagonal, roughly 15 feet away -- far enough away where Braves catcher Evan Gattis could only turn and watch after picking up the ball as Puig led the blue-and-white charge from the dugout.
The win is the Dodgers' fourth in five games and comes after the entire lineup, Puig excluded, failed to hit a fair, fly ball into the outfield until the seventh inning
After Brandon League worked through a Jason Heyward double in the top of the 10th, Ramon Hernandez and Luis Cruz lined back-to-back one-out singles. Cruz advanced to third on Varvaro’s first wild pitch -- a 94-mph heater that rifled to the backstop -- before Schumaker came in to play hero.
Puig tied the game on a solo homer with one out in the sixth. Both teams squandered scoring opportunities in the eighth inning
The longball makes Puig only the second player since 1900 to hit four homers in his first five games, according to Elias. His 10 RBI match a record that only two other players in MLB history have accomplished.
The Braves left runners on first and second in the top of the eighth before Kenley Jansen came in to get Evan Gattis to pop out to left field.
And the Dodgers, who managed to hit just two fair, fly balls out of the infield through 6 1/3 innings, put runners on base in both the seventh and eighth frames.
Hernandez swatted a leadoff single to right, Cruz moved him over with a sacrifice bunt and he advanced to third on a passed ball.
Neither team reached base in the ninth, though Hanley Ramirez did pinch-hit and drove a 2-0 fastball to the right-field warning track for the last out.
After Heyward's two-out double in the 10th, Justin Upton chopped a ball in front of the plate. Hernandez scooped it and threw to first. Upton was called out, though replays showed he appeared to beat it out by a step.
Puig led off the game with a flyout to center field. It would be the last ball the Dodgers hit toward the grass on the far side of the diamond until his home run an hour-and-a-half later.
Paul Maholm held the Dodgers to just three baserunners over the first 5 2/3 innings, and Ramon Hernandez erased two of them with inning-ending double plays in the second and fifth inning.
Hyun-Jin Ryu worked with runners on base in three of the first four innings, giving up an RBI single to Dan Uggla in the fourth before settling down with 1-2-3 sets in the fifth and sixth. He finished with six strikeouts, four coming from his slider, while giving up one earned run on six hits on 7 2/3 innings in his return from a bruised foot.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun