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L.A. Dodgers Win on A.J. Ellis' Walk-off Home Run, Improve to MLB-Best 31-15

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 26:  (L-R) Clayton Kershaw #22, A.J. Ellis #17, Dee Gordon #9 and Elian Herrera #37 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate Ellis' walk- off home run against the Houston Astros in the ninth inning at Dodger Stadium on May 26, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Michael NargiSenior Analyst IOctober 22, 2016

The L.A. Dodgers continue to roll, even with Matt Kemp on the disabled list. On Saturday night, the Dodgers sent the Houston Astros home in the bottom of the ninth on a three-run blast by A.J. Ellis.

The bottom of the ninth inning began tied at three when Andre Ethier was hit by a pitch and then advanced to second on a sacrifice. With first base open, James Loney was intentionally walked, setting up Ellis to send the Dodgers faithful home on a Saturday night.

Ellis crushed the ball into the left-field bleachers to give the Dodgers a 6-3 lead and an MLB-best 31st win of the season. The hit was Ellis' only hit of the game but it could not have come at a better time.

James Loney also had a good game on Saturday, collecting three hits, a walk and scoring twice.

The Dodgers are an incredible 20-5 at home this season and appear to be cruising in the NL West. They have a season-high 7.5 game lead in the division—which is the largest lead in any division—and have won 11 of their last 15 games overall.

The Dodgers are clearly a force that cannot be stopped at this point, and when Kemp comes back they will be even more dangerous. 

It is amazing the difference a year makes in the case of the Dodgers.

Last season, the Dodgers were 21-25 through their first 46 games. Compare that to this season and their unbelievable 31-15 record. They also had only won 11 of their first 25 games at home compared to 20 this season.

 

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