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Dodgers know how to walk this way: Win 5-4 for another walk-off win as A.J. Ellis delivers

June 6, 2010 |  5:50 pm
The Dodgers must be Aerosmith’s favorite team.

They suddenly have this walk-off thing down to a science. Winning in the last at-bat is getting to be almost routine. Walk this way, indeed.

They were at it again Sunday afternoon, with unlikely hero A.J. Ellisslapping a game-winning single in the 11th inning for a 5-4 Dodgers victory.

It was the first walk-off hit in the career for the seldom-used backup catcher, but the Dodgers’ fourth of the week.

The Dodgers won three games in walk-off fashion against Arizona, two in extra innings.

Close victories are all they know of late. They have won six of their last eight games, each by one run.

The Dodgers are making the most of playing at home and getting the final at-bat of an inning.

"I’d much rather play these games at home because you don’t have to defend against a score in a tie game, you don’t have to face their closer,’’ said Dodgers Manager Joe Torre. "That’s big.

"It’s a decided advantage to play at home.’’

Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton pitched one scoreless inning Sunday and saved Friday’s game against the Braves. Atlanta closer Billy Wagner never pitched in the four-game series.

--Steve Dilbeck