Deadlocked at 2 since the fourth inning, the Dodgers watched Zack Greinke (7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 7 Ks, 1 HR) match Andy Pettitte (7.0 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 3Ks, 1 HR) in a stalemate. Ronald Belisario and Kenley Jensen (who got the win) each pitched a scoreless inning to stretch the Dodger bullpen's streak to 9 1/3 innings of work without yielding a hit.
After Andre Ethier, 0-for-3 and in a 0-for-16 slump, singled to left with one out, Juan Uribe struck out. But tonight's hero was Mark Ellis, who waited for Ethier to steal second (on a 1-1 count; Ethier's fourth SB of the year), and then hit a walk-off single to center on a full count. Dodgers win.
And check out the Dodgers' recent record:
The Dodgers now are 10-1 since the All-Star break for the first time in franchise history, having won their last four. Their 19 wins in July are one short of the Los Angeles record, and they are 29-5 during a 34-game run for the first time since 1953.
But even more important than that:
The 15th sellout crowd of the season included a broad array of entertainers and sportsmen -- from Jay-Z and LL Cool J to Jack Nicholson, Mel Brooks, George Lopez and Ice Cube, as well as Chris Paul, Kevin Durant, Keyshawn Johnson and Luc Robitaille. Even owner Magic Johnson, back from his European vacation, made it.
And that's what counts! Hey, I'll take it.