Texas 3, Dodgers 2
KEY MOMENT: One batter into the bottom of the ninth inning, Robinson Chirinos tagged a Josh Ravin fastball for a walk-off home run. The Dodgers had trailed from the first inning onward until Justin Turner tied the game at 2-2 with his own ninth-inning home run.
ON THE MOUND: Brett Anderson pitched all eight innings and gave up two runs but was left with a no-decision. He yielded both runs without the ball leaving the infield. He retired the first two batters of the game before loading the bases and walking Joey Gallo to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead. In the fifth inning, Hanser Alberto reached on an infield single and scored on a rare Prince Fielder infield single. Ravin came in for the ninth inning because, Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said, “we needed length.” Mattingly added, “He did the same thing for us in San Diego,” when he earned the win with two scoreless frames in a 12-inning game. “I think it’s great that he trusts me in these situations,” Ravin said, “and I look forward to better outcomes.”
AT THE PLATE: The Dodgers trailed by two and hadn’t even advanced that many runners into scoring position by the ninth inning when Turner came to bat with a runner on. Then he blasted the game-tying, two-run home run. With two outs in the inning, Yasmani Grandal and Alex Guerrero each singled, but Jimmy Rollins flew out to end the rally. The Turner home run was the only mistake for Rangers starter Chi Chi Gonzalez, who lasted 81⁄ innings and gave up five hits. “We didn’t do very much with him,” Mattingly said. “He pretty much carved us up.”
ALL-STAR VOTE: The Dodgers are in first place in the National League West and own one of the best records in the National League, yet it is looking increasingly likely they will be without a starter voted to the All-Star team. The latest voting results, released Tuesday, showed Adrian Gonzalez trails Paul Goldschmidt by more than 800,000 votes. Joc Pederson is in eighth place in the outfield voting, 1.3 million votes behind Nori Aoki, who currently occupies the last outfield position.
EXTRA BASES: Mattingly said outfielder Scott Van Slyke, who has been on the disabled list since May 31 with back inflammation, will rejoin the Dodgers on Wednesday. “As long as he doesn’t trip and break an ankle and do something between now and tomorrow, he’ll be activated,” Mattingly said.
UP NEXT: Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw (5-3, 3.21 ERA) will face Rangers left-hander Wandy Rodriguez (3-2, 3.03) at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday at 7 p.m. TV: SportsNet LA; Radio: 570, 1020.