Hanley Ramirez helped the cause by hitting a go-ahead RBI double in the top of the ninth inning and the undermanned Dodgers trimmed a game off their division deficit with a 3-2 win over the first-place San Francisco Giants on Saturday.
It will take plenty more timely hits down the stretch for the Dodgers to return to the playoffs after a two-year absence. They’ve been hard to come by, too.
“We’re getting there,” Gonzalez said. “I don’t know about winning the division. We’re getting there somehow.”
Gonzalez led off the ninth with a triple against Jeremy Affeldt (1-2), then Ramirez came through with a double to the gap in right-center — the Dodgers’ first hit in 15 tries so far this series with runners in scoring position.
Gonzalez, who came to Los Angeles in an Aug. 25 trade from the Boston Red Sox, clapped his hands when he reached third in a rare display of emotion. An inconsistent swing has given him fits all season.
“You guys don’t go down the tunnel after at-bats. Helmets are being slammed and chairs are being thrown around,” Gonzalez said. “It’s actually true, absolutely.”
Ronald Belisario (5-1) pitched out of trouble in the eighth for the victory, helping Los Angeles snap a four-game losing streak to rival San Francisco in a key September weekend.
“We need confidence,” Ramirez said. “We’ve got to believe in ourselves and what kind of team we’ve got.”
The Dodgers were without center fielder Matt Kemp because of his troublesome left shoulder. He received a cortisone shot and also won’t play Sunday. Infielder Adam Kennedy is expected to be done for the season after injuring his groin during Friday’s 5-2 loss. Manager Don Mattingly said Kennedy was hurt when the third baseman tried to barehand Hunter Pence‘s infield bouncer for an RBI single in the sixth inning.
Los Angeles pulled through with players down…