Second baseman Mark Ellis provided some more clutch hitting for the Los Angeles Dodgers, connecting on an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift his red-hot club to a 3-2 win over the New York Yankees in inter-league play.
Tuesday night's home victory gave the Dodgers a 27-6 mark dating back to June 22, their best stretch since going 29-5 between Aug. 7 and Sept. 9, 1953, when the franchise was based in Brooklyn.
It also gave the team a 3.5-game lead in the National League West standings over the second-place Arizona Diamondbacks, who lost their third straight game on Tuesday.
Ellis' single drove in center fielder Andre Ethier, who had reached base on a single and then stolen second to put himself in scoring position.
The Dodgers got another strong performance from their starting pitcher, with Zack Greinke working seven innings and giving up just two runs on five hits. Relievers Ronald Belisario and Kenley Jansen, who got the win, kept the Yankees' batters hitless over the final two innings.
Last Wednesday, Ellis hit a 10th-inning home run that helped lead the Dodgers to an 8-3 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays and exted the team's road winning streak to 10 games, which is its longest since the franchise moved to Los Angeles prior to the 1958 season.
Third baseman Juan Uribe also helped the Dodgers' cause Tuesday with a home run in the second inning.
Yankees starter Andy Pettitte had a strong outing, pitching seven innings and giving up just two runs, while Shawn Kelley picked up the loss after giving up the single to Ellis in the ninth.
First baseman Lyle Overbay drove in both of the Yankees' runs, hitting a solo round-tripper in the top of the second inning and driving in newly acquired Alfonso Soriano from third base on a ground out in the top of the fourth. EFE