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Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Dodgers 3, Yankees 2

By Wallace Matthews



LOS ANGELES -- The Yankees tried to beat an NL team at its own game, but couldn't get it done. Mark Ellis punched a soft liner over Derek Jeter's head with a runner on second in the bottom of the ninth as the Dodgers sent a sellout crowd home happy with a 3-2 walk-off win. It was the Dodgers' second straight walk-off win after Yasiel Puig hit a walk-off home run on Sunday.

Pair of aces: Andy Pettitte and Zack Greinke virtually canceled each other out, both working seven innings and allowing two runs. Greinke gave up five hits, including a home run to Lyle Overbay; Pettitte allowed eight hits, including a home run to Juan Uribe. Greinke struck out seven, Pettitte three, and neither walked a batter. Both pitched well enough to win, but neither did. Good news for the Yankees: It was Pettitte's best outing in nearly two months, when he held the Mariners to a run on three hits over 7 1/3 back on June 8.

Sori, Zack: Fresh off his 4-for-5, game-winning hit performance on Sunday, Alfonso Soriano continued to pay dividends to the Yankees' offense, doubling down the left-field line leading off the fourth, advancing to third on a wild pitch, and scoring on Overbay's infield out to tie the game at 2-2.

First-inning blues: For the sixth straight start, Pettitte allowed a run in the first inning, a career high. Puig doubled off the center-field wall, missing a home run by inches, and was singled home by Hanley Ramirez. Pettitte's first-inning ERA this year? A frightening 7.50.

Second-inning smash: Pettitte got ahead of Uribe, 0-2, but hung a curveball that came down in the seats just inside the left-field foul pole to give the Dodgers a 2-1 lead.

Arigato, Ich: Pettitte owed Ichiro Suzuki a big thank you in the third inning when Ichiro gunned down Ramirez trying to score from second on A.J. Ellis' single to right. Ichiro charged the ball and hit Chris Stewart on the fly, resulting in an easy inning-ending out and holding the score at 2-1 Dodgers.

Lyle Overwall: Overbay sure loves him some Greinke. The Yankees' first baseman cranked a 1-0 fastball over the right-field fence in the second inning to (temporarily) tie the game at 1. It was Overbay's third career home run off Greinke in 24 at-bats; no other Yankee in Tuesday's lineup even had one.

Front row drama: Robinson Cano's former agent, Scott Boras, and his new agent, Jay Z, both were seated in the look-at-me front-row seats behind the plate at Dodger Stadium. No, they did not need security to separate them; an aisle and about a half-dozen seats did nicely.

Many eyeballs: Tonight's attendance -- 52,447 -- was by far the largest crowd the Yankees have played in front of all season, home or away.

What's next: Game 2, and the finale, of this abbreviated series. Hiroki Kuroda (10-6, 2.51), making his first appearance at Dodger Stadium since becoming a Yankee after four years in L.A. before the 2011 season, faces LHP Clayton Kershaw (10-6, 1.96), the 2011 NL Cy Young Award winner and runner-up last year; first pitch at 10:10 p.m.