LOS ANGELES (AP) — Juan Rivera tied the score in the ninth with a sacrifice fly — three innings after the Dodgers had one taken away on an appeal play — and Dee Gordon singled home the winning run in the 10th to give Los Angeles a 2-1 victory Sunday in the rubber game of an interleague series between division leaders.
Tony Gwynn Jr. lined a one-out triple under the glove of a diving Jordan Danks as he charged the ball in left field. Matt Treanor followed with a hard grounder to second baseman Gordon Beckham with the infield in, forcing Gwynn to stay put. Bobby Abreu was intentionally walked and Gordon lined a single to left against Matt Thornton (2-5), whose wild pitch in the eighth inning of Friday’s series opener let in the decisive run.
Ronald Belisario (3-0) pitched two hitless innings for the victory.
Dodgers left-hander Chris Capuano yielded a run and eight hits over eight innings and had a season-high 12 strikeouts, after going 5-0 with a 1.66 ERA in his six previous home starts with Los Angeles.
Chicago rookie Jose Quintana scattered five hits over eight scoreless innings, striking out six and walking none in his seventh big league start. The 23-year-old left-hander was removed by first-year manager Robin Ventura with a 1-0 lead after just 77 pitches. Addison Reed absorbed his first blown save in nine chances this season.
Singles by Abreu and Elian Herrera put runners at the corners with one out. Abreu scored on Rivera’s sacrifice fly to right.
Treanor led off the sixth with a bunt single and was at third base when Herrera hit what appeared to be a tying sac fly. But Treanor was called out to end the inning after umpire Jerry Meals ruled that he left the bag too soon.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly got into a heated and animated argument with Meals, resulting in his fourth ejection of the season and seventh in less than 1½ years on the job.
It didn’t end there, as Mattingly stood nose-to-nose with Meals for more than a minute before and after third base ump and crew chief Gary Darling joined the fray. When he was done with Meals, Mattingly got into Darling’s face on his way back to the plate and waved his arms up and down like a bird in flight before finally retreating to the clubhouse.
Capuano matched zeros with Quintana until the sixth, when Brent Lillibridge led off with a single and continued to second on Herrera’s error in left field. Lillibridge went to third on a groundout by Beckham and scored on Dayan Viciedo’s single after slugger Adam Dunn struck out for the third straight time.
Treanor, the Dodgers’ backup catcher, was credited with a rare unassisted double play in the second. Tyler Flowers leaned over the plate after taking a called third strike, impeding Treanor’s throw to second with Danks running on the pitch, and was called for batter interference by Darling.
Viciedo, batting cleanup with Paul Konerko getting the day off, was robbed of a hit in the fourth when Andre Ethier made a diving grab in short right-center. Two innings later, the Gold Glove winner made a sliding catch of Alex Rios’ Texas Leaguer to end the sixth.
Ethier stole the show in the eighth, robbing Lillibridge of extra bases with a leaping grab of his hard-hit ball at the top of the fence. Ethier hasn’t committed an error since July 9, 2010.
NOTES: A ceremonial first pitch was thrown by U.S. Marine Corps Corporal Christopher Farias, who was thrown for a loop when he realized the catcher was his father, Lawrence — dressed in a Dodgers uniform and mask when he sprung the surprise. … Dunn, who leads the majors with 23 home runs, also has struck out a major league-leading 104 times. … The Dodgers’ quirky schedule includes a nine-game California road trip that begins Tuesday night in Oakland, then swings down to Anaheim for a three-game series with the Angels and ends back in the Bay Area against San Francisco. … White Sox RHP Zach Stewart, who has a 5.19 ERA in 17 relief appearances, will make his first start of the season Monday night against Cubs RHP Matt Garza at U.S. Cellular Field.
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