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All that was clear was that for whatever reason, Arizona manager A.J. Hinch had allowed reliever Blaine Boyer to pitch to Ethier, and Ethier had responded with a drive over the head of center fielder Chris Young that brought Blake DeWitt jogging home with the winning run, giving the Dodgers a 6-5 victory over the Diamondbacks before 39,697 at Dodger Stadium. "I guess each manager has their own rhyme or reason for what they do," Ethier said. "But it was good for me that they wanted to come after me in that situation."
|Andre Ethier drives in the game winning run in the eleventh inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks.|
But for whatever reason, Hinch ignored all that and threw convention out the window -- only to have it blown right back in through the window and right into his face. "When you have that guy Manny on deck, that gets your attention," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. "I'm not sure what I would have done in that situation. Manny has been swinging the bat pretty well, too." As it turned out, Ramirez didn't have to swing it on this occasion. Ethier delivered -- yet again -- and the Dodgers (4-5) finally had their first series victory of the young season in a three-game set that took a total of 12 hours, 21 minutes to complete.