The Dodgers have won in a lot of different ways this season, but they haven't specialized in come-from-behind victories.
Before Saturday night, they were 5-38 when trailing after six innings. And there they were in the bottom of the seventh inning, trailing the San Diego Padres, 1-0.
But the Dodgers are a veteran club, and they came through on a warm evening. Adrian Gonzalez singled in the tying run in the seventh and, after Skip Schumaker had doubled, Mark Ellis' RBI single in the eighth gave the Dodgers a 2-1 victory before a Dodger Stadium crowd announced at 53,121.
Chris Capuano held the Padres to one run in seven innings, and Brian Wilson picked up his first victory of the season with a scoreless eighth. Kenley Jansen struck out the side in the ninth to earn his 23rd save.
The Dodgers got more than a victory Saturday; during the game they acquired Michael Young from Philadelphia, trading for the veteran infielder minutes before the deadline for postseason eligibility. They sent left-handed pitcher Rob Rasmussen to the Phillies.
The game was scoreless until the fourth inning, and when the Padres went on top, it came from an unexpected source.
Capuano, who has to be feeling additional pressure to get results or risk losing his rotation spot after the Dodgers picked up right-handed starter Edinson Volquez last week, had pitched out of trouble in the first and second innings. He quickly picked up two outs in the fourth before light-hitting shortstop Ronny Cedeno lined a home run to right field. It was his first homer with the Padres, who signed him Aug. 3.
Capuano narrowly avoided more trouble in the inning after Rene Rivera doubled off the wall in right-center and Padres pitcher Andrew Cashner singled to right. San Diego third base coach Glenn Hoffman waved Rivera home, apparently forgetting who was manning right for the Dodgers.
Yasiel Puig fired a bullet to the plate and catcher Tim Federowicz made the easy tag to nail Rivera.
But Cashner, a hard-throwing right-hander, was making the 1-0 lead hold up.
When the Dodgers finally caught a break in the seventh, they cashed it in. Jerry Hairston Jr. batted for Capuano and hit a little bouncer to second base, where Jedd Gyorko dropped it. It was ruled a hit. Carl Crawford followed with a single to left.
After Puig struck out for the first out, Gonzalez — the former longtime Padre — laced a single up the middle to score Hairston. It was his team-high 86th RBI.
Capuano went seven innings, holding the Padres to the one run and eight hits. He walked one (intentionally) and struck out seven.
Cashner — hitting 100 mph several times — also went seven innings, giving up one run and 10 hits with three walks and seven strikeouts.
The Dodgers went 23-6 in August.
Young, 36, could be in line to replace or complement Juan Uribe as the Dodgers' third baseman. Young batted .272 for the Phillies, with eight home runs in 125 games. Uribe is batting .271, with seven home runs in 110 games, and is considered a superior defender.
Young grew up in Covina and attended La Puente Bishop Amat High.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun