LOS ANGELES -- Pinch hitter Lyle Overbay broke a scoreless tie with a ninth-inning RBI single, and the New York Yankees defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-0 Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium.
An error led to two insurance runs for the Yankees in the ninth.
The Dodgers had won four straight and 10 of 11 since the All-Star break, and with Clayton Kershaw firing on all cylinders, it looked as if their hot streak would continue. If only they could get a little offense.
New York did, though, even if it came a little late.
Overbay, who accounted for both of the Yankees' runs Tuesday in a 3-2 loss to the Dodgers with a home run and RBI groundout, pinch-hit for first baseman Brent Lillibridge with two outs in the top of the ninth. Overbay drove a Paco Rodriguez offering into center field to score Robinson Cano.
Jayson Nix then strolled to the plate with two runners on base and popped up to Dodgers second baseman Mark Ellis. Los Angeles rookie sensation Yasiel Puig sprinted into Ellis, causing him to drop the ball, and Ichiro Suzuki and Overbay scored to put the Yankees ahead 3-0.
The abrupt ending spoiled a tremendous pitching performance from both starters.
Kershaw and New York's Hiroki Kuroda both entered the game looking to close out sensational months of July, and neither disappointed.
Kuroda, who sported a 0.69 ERA in July before the game, allowed no runs and five hits in seven innings while striking out eight.
Kershaw allowed no runs on five hits and no walks in eight innings. He struck out five.
With both starters dealing, neither lineup could touch the ball for much of the game.
In the first seven innings, the teams combined for just eight hits, with Kershaw needing just 80 pitches and Kuroda 103 pitches.
NOTES: The representatives of Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez are reportedly working on a deal to prevent Rodriguez from receiving a lifetime ban from baseball for his role in the Biogenesis scandal. ... Dodgers OF Matt Kemp could be sidelined until September as he deals with a lingering sprained ankle. Kemp, who was re-injured July 21, will be eligible to be activated Aug. 6. ... The Dodgers recalled OF Scott Van Slyke from Triple-A Albuquerque. Van Slyke, expected to see duty with Kemp out longer than expected, filled the roster spot of UT Elian Herrera, who was optioned back down to Triple-A. ... Yankees C Francisco Cervelli could be out for the year with elbow and finger injuries, though he could also be suspended by MLB for his alleged involvement with Biogenesis. ... The Dodgers acquired C Drew Butera from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for a player to be named alter or cash considerations. Butera, batting .182 in his major league career, was optioned to Albuquerque.