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Ellis' walk-off hit extends Dodgers' roll

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers have had hero after hero emerge during their worst-to-first stretch.

On Wednesday night, it was Mark Ellis' turn to don the cape.

Ellis dropped a full-count, bloop single over the outstretched glove of a leaping Derek Jeter to bring home Andre Ethier in the ninth inning as the Los Angeles Dodgers continued their roll with a 3-2 win over the New York Yankees on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium.

The Dodgers extended their hot streak to 27 wins in 33 games, their best stretch since 1953, winning for the 10th time in 11 games after the All-Star break.

"We can't count on the same guys every night, we all have to be involved," Ellis said. "That's what makes a team right, every day."

Added Dodgers manager Don Mattingly: "Mark's got a ton of big hits for us, and he's really swinging the bat well. He just kind of shows up, does everything right. Truly a guy you don't have to worry about at all on the field or anywhere else."

With one out in the bottom of the ninth, Ethier singled to shallow left field and stole second during a Juan Uribe strikeout. That brought Ellis up to the plate with an 11-game hitting streak -- he singled earlier in the evening -- and a .303 average with runners in scoring position.

Ellis stretched for a pitch from Shawn Kelley (3-1) and became the second Dodger to deliver a walk-off hit in three days. Yasiel Puig blasted a game-ending, 11th-inning home run Sunday afternoon against the Cincinnati Reds.

"I felt really good; Juan had a really good at-bat, and I saw everything the guy had," Ellis said. "Andre stole second base, I was able to go to the middle, and that was it."

Added Kelley: "I cost us the game, really. That pitch was what I wanted to throw. A slider, my best pitch, but he hit it."

Kenley Jansen (4-3) struck out two in a scoreless ninth inning to pick up the win.

Los Angeles starter Zack Greinke fanned seven and allowed five hits and two runs in seven innings before giving way to Ronald Belisario in the eighth.

"(Greinke) just makes pitches," said Lyle Overbay, who led the Yankees with a solo home run and two RBIs. "He executes his pitches -- and he's got the 94 mph fastball he locates real well and the slider -- and he made pitches and never gave us a chance to string a couple together. That's why he makes the big bucks, because he's able to do that. That's not easy to do."

Yankees starter Andy Pettitte allowed eight hits and two runs in seven innings, including a first-inning run for the sixth straight start.

The Dodgers finished with 10 hits, including two apiece from Ellis and Hanley Ramirez. Everyone in the starting lineup had a hit except for leadoff man Carl Crawford.

Neither team generated much offense early, though the Dodgers had a few more chances off Pettitte.

Los Angeles managed seven hits through six innings but scored just twice as Pettitte worked out of trouble. Uribe homered to deep left field in the second inning after Ramirez singled home Puig in the first.

The Yankees, meanwhile, relied on a steady dose of Overbay.

Overbay tied the game twice, first with a second-inning home run and then with a fourth-inning RBI groundout that scored Alfonso Soriano.

The Yankees lost for the sixth time in nine games.

"We're not playing with desperation, but we can't (give) those guys those kinds of chances," Overbay said. "There are little things we have to understand, and hopefully we can make a change, get ahead and stay ahead."

NOTES: RHP Brian Wilson will take his beard a few hundred miles south after signing a major league contract with the Dodgers on Tuesday. Wilson, who last pitched in 2012 before his second Tommy John surgery, worked out for several teams but opted to join Los Angeles. After a minor league rehab stint, he could join the Dodgers as a setup man in less than a month. ... While Jeter started at shortstop for the second time in three days, he is expected to get extensive time at designated hitter. ... Crawford returned to the Dodgers' lineup after missing two games with flu-like symptoms. He went 0-for-4, ending his seven-game hitting streak. ... The two-game set between the two legendary franchises is just their third regular-season series at Dodger Stadium.
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