LOS ANGELES -- During the Los Angeles Dodgers' incredible summer, which has seen them go from nearly the worst record in baseball to nearly the best record in baseball, Vin Scully has started calling Dodger Stadium the "Magic Castle."
No opponent lead has been safe against the Dodgers at home, as they have won in walk-off fashion time after time, including erasing a six-run deficit and scoring four runs in the ninth inning to beat the Tampa Bay Rays two weeks ago.
On Saturday afternoon, the Boston Red Sox finally put a dent into the recent magic, beating the Dodgers 4-2 despite a late push by L.A. to make another magical comeback.
The Dodgers came into the game having not given up a run in their past 26 innings dating to the first inning Wednesday against Miami. But on Saturday, they gave up four to start the game. Mike Napoli started things off when he singled to center and brought home Shane Victorino. Then Jonny Gomes hit a three-run homer to give Boston all the scoring they would need to win their first game at Dodger Stadium.
Hyun-Jin Ryu, who came into the game with a 1.78 ERA at home, gave up those four runs in the first inning, which are more than in any home game for him this season. Boston's first inning stands out as an aberration two games into the series, but it was all the Red Sox needed to win the game. In the first inning, the Sox hit .500 with a home run and four runs. During the rest of the series so far, they are hitting worse than .100 with 20 strikeouts.
Sunday is the one-year anniversary of the nine-player blockbuster deal that brought Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett and Nick Punto to Los Angeles, and Gonzalez and Crawford nearly teamed up to help the Dodgers claim another comeback win at home. Gonzalez doubled to deep center in the eighth inning with two outs to score Crawford and Yasiel Puig. Gonazlez, who is now hitting an incredible .435 with runners in scoring position and two outs this season, and Hanley Ramirez, however, were left stranded after A.J. Ellis struck out swinging to end the inning and the Dodgers' last best chance to win the game.
The hit broke up a 0-for-6 drought for Gonzalez in the series against his former team. Crawford sat out the game but was brought in to pinch-hit and now has two runs in the series.
Despite the loss, the Dodgers still have won 46 of their past 57 games and have a 10-game lead atop the NL West.