The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the New York Mets 5-4 on Thursday for their eighth straight win.
Two straight doubles courtesy of Yasiel Puig and Adrian Gonzalez set the stage for the game’s winning run in the bottom of the 12th inning, securing a comeback victory for Los Angeles. Their current winning streak is the team’s longest in three years.
Not only that, they also completed a three-game sweep of the Mets after being down 4-0 in the early going.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly couldn’t explain what had just happened.
“Seriously? Explain that game? I don’t know. It’s kind of fun, though.”
This Dodgers team is on a tear which is only surpassed by the 1942 St. Louis Cardinals. They are 13-1 in August, 23-3 since the All-Star Break and 40-8 in their last 48 games, per the Los Angeles Times’ Bill Shaikin.
Dillon Gee of the Mets, who pitched six solid innings, said the game is a manifestation of the Dodgers’ current streak.
“They proved why they’re that hot right now. They came back every single night. They’re grinders.”
Andre Ethier tied the game on a two-run, pinch-hit home run in the bottom of the ninth inning. In the bottom of the 12th inning, Puig hit for a double and then Gonzalez hit the ball into left field off a sinker from Mets lefty Pedro Feliciano for the game-winning run.
The Dodgers bring their NL West-leading 70-50 (.583) record to Philadelphia, where they will face the Phillies on Friday.