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Dodgers thrill in 3-2 win over Giants in 10 innings

Adrian Gonzalez drives in Carl Crawford for the game-winning run, but a hamstring injury to Hanley Ramirez could prove costly.

September 12, 2013|By Dylan Hernandez
  • Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford, left, slides safely into home plate past the tag of San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey for the game-ending run in the 10th inning of the Dodgers' 3-2 win Thursday.
Dodgers left fielder Carl Crawford, left, slides safely into home plate… (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles…)

The Dodgers moved another day closer to the postseason Thursday, reducing their magic number to win the NL West to five with a 3-2, 10-inning victory over the San Francisco Giants.

Dodger Stadium was sold out. Reliever Brian Wilson was credited with the win in his first game against his former team. And Adrian Gonzalez was the walk-off hero, driving in Carl Crawford with a single against Jeremy Affeldt.

But magical nights like this come at a price, to both the team and to the fans.

The victory might have cost the Dodgers their most dynamic hitter, as Hanley Ramirez was removed from the game in the seventh inning because of what was described as mild tightness in his left hamstring — the same hamstring that sidelined him for a month earlier in the season.

As for the cost to the fans, it's a literal one.

Before the Dodgers played in front of their 24th capacity crowd, on Magic Johnson's bobblehead night, they announced 2014 season tickets were on sale. Prices will increase pretty much everywhere in the ballpark, for premium field-box seats, as much as $30 more per game. Tickets for more than 45,000 seats will increase by $3 or less, according to the team.

The Dodgers refused to make any of their club officials available to explain why some of the 53,393 fans who purchased tickets for the game Thursday would have to pay significantly more for their seats next season.

The team's only comment was from a news release, in which President Stan Kasten said, "Most Dodger tickets have not increased in price in the last two seasons as we looked to first prove to our fans that this ownership group was committed to putting the best possible team on the field, providing a first-class fan experience at the stadium and performing meaningful outreach in the community. We've made great strides in demonstrating that, and with these necessary adjustments and the support of our fans, we will continue to put all of our efforts into upgrading the team and the stadium and producing a championship-caliber organization."

The Dodgers' attendance is up 10% from last year and the team is on track to draw more fans to its home games than any team since the New York Yankees drew 3.77 million fans in 2010.

The crowd on Thursday witnessed the unfolding of a scene that was both disconcerting and bizarre at the start of the seventh inning.

Nick Punto was at shortstop instead of Ramirez.

Paco Rodriguez was on the mound warming up that is, until he was told by the umpires that he couldn't be there. Rodriguez returned to the dugout without throwing a pitch. Evidently, Manager Don Mattingly had announced J.P. Howell, and not Rodriguez, as starting pitcher Zack Greinke's replacement.

Howell pitched a scoreless inning and the Dodgers responded by breaking a 1-1 stalemate in the bottom of the inning."

A.J. Ellis led off the inning with a single and was replaced on the bases by Dee Gordon, who stole second base and reached third on a sacrifice bunt by Mark Ellis. Gordon scored on a double by Yasiel Puig to put the Dodgers in front, 2-1.

The Dodgers used three pitchers, including Rodriguez, to get out of jam in the eighth inning, but Kenley Jansen couldn't hold the lead in the ninth.

The closer gave up a leadoff single to Pablo Sandoval, who was promptly replaced by Juan Perez. The pinch-runner stole second base, advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on a single by Gregor Blanco.

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