SAN FRANCISCO (AP) ― A.J. Ellis didn’t have to do much guessing when he came up to face Giants closer Sergio Romo with the bases loaded in the ninth. Having been a part of this rivalry his entire big league career, Ellis knew exactly what to expect.
He was right.
Ellis hit a three-run double off Romo to back a third straight stellar start by All-Star Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat slumping San Francisco 4-1 on Sunday.
“It’s a great thing about the Dodgers and Giants, there’s no secrets,” Ellis said. “With Sergio right there, you know what his bread and butter is. You know he’s trying to throw a slider. Fortunately for me and for the team I found a ball that I could hit.”
With the win, the Dodgers moved into sole possession of second place in the NL West heading into a three-game series with division-leading Arizona.
Ellis’ game-winning hit capped a heated series between these two long-time rivals. Players from both sides jawed at one another throughout the three games, and Romo even mocked Dodgers slugger Hanley Ramirez after securing a save on Saturday.
Romo didn’t have anything to say after Sunday’s game. He quickly dressed then brushed past waiting reporters in the Giants clubhouse without speaking.
Mariners top Reds 3-1
CINCINNATI (AP) ― The young Seattle Mariners are glad to be going home after a solid road trip.
Joe Saunders pitched seven efficient innings and Nick Franklin and Justin Smoak each homered to lift the Mariners to a 3-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.
Seattle won four of six on its brief road swing, taking two of three against both Texas and Cincinnati. “It was a real good road trip,” Seattle manager Eric Wedge said. “You play a Texas team that has 50 wins on the road and here the same thing. It’s fun to see the light come on with the younger guys.”
Toronto 11, Minnesota 5
Cleveland 9, Detroit 6
Baltimore 2, NY Yankees 1
Washington 11, San Diego 7
Philadelphia 7, Atlanta 3
Tampa Bay 3, Chicago White Sox 1
Oakland 10, Kansas City 4
NY Mets 2, Milwaukee 1
St. Louis 3, Miami 2
Chicago Cubs 4, Pittsburgh 3
Texas 5, Houston 4
Arizona 6, Colorado 1
LA Angels 3, Boston 0