If cleanliness is next to godliness, then the Dodgers' extra-inning victory tonight was...still pretty mortal, but a win nonetheless. Credit Howie Kendrick (4-for-5), not only for getting the Dodgers back in the game with a game-tying RBI single in the seventh, as well as the go-ahead solo HR in the 10th. The Dodgers added two more with a 2-RBI Yasmani Grandal double; Grandal also had a two-run HR in the second to give the Dodgers a short-lived 2-0 lead. (I suppose that makes Grandal more of the hero than Kendrick; work with me here.)
Carlos Frias avoided the food poisoning that ailed his colleague...and went only one more inning than Mike Bolsinger last night, giving up three more runs than Gastro Boy. He also gave up three more earned runs than Bolsinger, as well. But this time, Juan Nicasio, Pedro Baez, and Joel Peralta all had scoreless efforts; and though Kenley Jansen gave up an earned run in the tenth (from Paul Goldschmidt, who absolutely owns us), the Dodgers prevailed.
The Giants lost in Miami (Dee Gordon had an inside-the-park HR!), so the lead extends back to 1.5 games.