LOS ANGELES: Clutch singles by David Murphy and Mike Aviles in the eighth inning that left Dodger fans second-guessing manager Don Mattingly and booing reliever Brian Wilson helped the Indians pull out a 5-4 victory Wednesday at Dodger Stadium.
Murphy and Aviles also helped the Tribe take the series 2-1 against one of the hottest teams in the National League and end an eight-game, three-city road trip with a 4-4 record.
But it was not without drama in the bottom of the ninth, when the Dodgers put runners on second and third with two out off right-hander Cody Allen. MIchael Brantley caught Matt Kemp's fly ball to center field on the warning track for the final out.
After Wilson walked leadoff batters Michael Brantley and Carlos Santana in the eighth, Mattingly elected to leave in the right-hander. Wilson struck out right-hander Yan Gomes on three pitches. But left-handed hitting pinch-hitter David Murphy, who broke out of a half-month slump with three hits Tuesday night, singled to left field to tie the game 3-3.
Left-hander Lonnie Chisenhall was intentionally walked to get to right-hander Mike Aviles and the utility man made the Dodgers pay. He singled to right center field to score two runs and give the Indians a 5-3 lead.
Left-hander J.P. Howell was summoned and he got pinch-hitter Nick Swisher looking at a called third strike, which Swisher argued vehemently. Jason Kipnis flied out to left to end the inning.
The Dodgers got a run back with one out in the bottom of the eighth off Scott Atchison when Scott Van Slyke homered into the LA bullpen in left field.
Cody Allen faced six batters in the eighth and ninth innings and recorded his eighth save as he survived some tense moments. Allen struck out Carlos Triunfel to end the eighth. Then in the ninth, Yasiel Puig flied out to right and Dee Gordon struck out before pinch-hitter Hanley Ramirez walked. Andre Ethier battled back from a 0-2 count to get to 3-2, then laced a double into short left field that sent Ramirez to third. Allen coaxed a fly ball out of Ethier.
The Indians jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the fourth on Ryan Raburn’s two-run homer to left field, his second of the season. He plated Gomes, who singled to right.
But the Dodgers took a 3-2 lead in the fifth off Trevor Bauer on pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu’s RBI double down the left field line and Andre Ethier’s two-run single to center.
Indians right-hander Bauer went 52/3 innings and allowed three runs on six hits, walking two and striking out two.
Dodgers left-hander Ryu hurt the Indians with his arm and his bat. He pitched seven innings and gave up two runs on seven hits, striking out eight. Ryu also went 2 for 2 with an RBI double down the left field line in the fifth.