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Once more, Dodgers rally late for win


TORONTO - Watching his Los Angeles Dodgers waste opportunity after opportunity, manager Don Mattingly was feeling nervous.

He needn’t have worried. These days, the Dodgers can do no wrong, even if it’s late.

Mark Ellis hit a two-run homer to highlight a five-run 10th inning as the Dodgers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-3 on Wednesday night to complete a three-game sweep.

“We’re rolling right now. We’re going to see how long this roll lasts,” said Los Angeles reliever Brandon League, who beat his former team for the second straight game.

Yasiel Puig also went deep in the 10th for the Dodgers, who have won six straight and 23 of 28 to go from last in the NL West on June 21 to first place.

Los Angeles won its 10th straight road game, the franchise’s longest streak since the Brooklyn Dodgers won their first 11 away from home in 1955.

League (5-3) pitched two innings and Kenley Jansen finished for the Dodgers, who left 13 runners on base and went 2 for 17 with runners in scoring position.

“It was one of those games where you’re going ‘Man, we’re letting too many opportunities get away from us,’?” Mattingly said. “That game scared me from the second on, just the way it went. It’s nice to come back and get that.”

The Dodgers loaded the bases in the second but scored just one. They stranded runners at first and second in the fourth and left the bases loaded in the fifth, coming up empty both times.

“Early in the year we didn’t come back in any games, I don’t think,” Mark Ellis said. “Lately we’ve been able to do that. That’s the sign of a good team.”

Juan Perez (1-2) gave up all five runs and four hits in the 10th inning for Toronto, snapping his streak of 22 innings without an earned run since being called up from Triple-A Buffalo in late May.

The Blue Jays were swept for the second straight series, and have lost a season-high seven consecutive games and 14 of 18.

Toronto led 8-3 after six innings Tuesday before the Dodgers rallied to win 10-9, but manager John Gibbons said this one was even more cruel.

“I thought we were rock bottom last night,” Gibbons said. “I guess not.”

This time, the Blue Jays were up 3-2 heading into the ninth before the Dodgers rallied against closer Casey Janssen.

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