June 20 (Bloomberg) -- Yasiel Puig reached home plate three times as the Los Angeles Dodgers won 6-0 against the New York Yankees, who took the first game 6-4 in a matchup of the two teams with the highest payrolls in Major League Baseball.
It was the first visit by the Dodgers to the Bronx since the 1981 World Series. That postseason matchup, won by Los Angeles, capped a five-year stretch in which the teams played three times for baseball’s championship. They’ve met 11 times in the World Series, more than any other two teams, with the Yankees holding an 8-3 lead.
Puig scored in the first and fifth innings of the second game last night at Yankee Stadium off singles by Hanley Ramirez before hitting his fifth home run of the season in the seventh to complete the scoring.
Chris Capuano (2-4) allowed three hits and struck out four in six innings, while Chris Withrow and Brandon League pitched three perfect innings for the Dodgers (30-40).
Phil Hughes (3-6) surrendered five runs on 10 hits and struck out three in six innings for New York.
The Yankees are 3 1/2 games behind the American League-leading Boston Red Sox, who lost 6-2 last night to the Tampa Bay Rays.
In yesterday’s first game, Ichiro Suzuki, 39, hit his third home run of the season in the sixth inning, then drove in a pair of runs with a single in the seventh as the Yankees took advantage of four Dodgers errors.
Hiroki Kuroda allowed two runs over 6 2/3 innings to record the win and Mariano Rivera pitched a perfect ninth inning with two strikeouts for his 25th save in 26 opportunities this season.
The Dodgers never led in the opening game even after outhitting New York 10-8. Los Angeles designated hitter Hanley Ramirez, who was 4-for-4, hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning, his second of the season.
The game, rescheduled after a rain out on June 18, also marked a Yankee Stadium return for Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, who spent his 14-year playing career in New York. His No. 23 is retired in the stadium’s Monument Park.
The Dodgers’ opening day payroll was $216.6 million; the Yankees’ was $228.8 million. Los Angeles is in last place in the National League West with a record of 30-40, eight games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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