NEW YORK -- A large contingent of Dodgers fans made the Bronx feel like Chavez Ravine East as Jose De Leon fired five solid innings and Chase Utley's deep drive in the second found outfield grass for a key two-run error in an 8-2 victory over the Yankees on Monday night at Yankee Stadium.
Backed by the group of banner-waving fans in Dodger blue, who did a Bleacher Creature-style roll call when Los Angeles took the field in the bottom of the first inning and cheered throughout the night, De Leon picked up his second win in as many outings as he limited the Yankees to two runs and three hits, helping the National League West leaders to their seventh victory in nine games.
Bryan Mitchell was chased early from his second start of the season, with Los Angeles pelting the right-hander for six runs (two earned) and eight hits in 2 1/3 innings. With the loss, the Yankees fell to five games back in the American League East and remain two back for the second AL Wild Card. Los Angeles leads its division by four games.
"It was as energetic as I've seen," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "That energy picked us up. We travel well, but that was more than I expected."
The Dodgers scored four batters in on Adrian Gonzalez's run-scoring fielder's choice and never relinquished that lead, tacking on in the second as right fielder Aaron Judge misplayed Utley's fly ball with two men aboard.
Corey Seager added an RBI single in the second, and the Dodgers took advantage of a Gary Sanchez throwing error in the third inning that brought home another run following Howie Kendrick's run-scoring single as Mitchell slid on the infield grass and had no play.
Seager, who grew up a Yankee fan, was excited to play at Yankee Stadium, and also to hear the support from the Dodgers fans in attendance.
"That was pretty cool," he said. "There were a lot of them."
Starlin Castro and Judge hit solo home runs as the Yankees were dealt a second straight loss following a seven-game winning streak. Yasiel Puig and Justin Turner homered late for Los Angeles.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Mis-Judged: Judge and Jacoby Ellsbury nearly collided on Utley's second-inning drive to right-center, which clanged off Judge's glove for what was scored a three-base error. Kendrick and Andrew Toles scored easily, as they were running on contact with two outs. Seager followed with a ground ball past second baseman Castro to give the Dodgers a four-run lead. More >
"I kind of tried to pick up where Jacoby was," Judge said. "He's fast, man, so he got there quick. Once he got there, I called it and didn't make the play."
The kid is all right: Roberts said he wasn't worried about coming to Yankee Stadium with rookie pitchers starting the first two games, and De Leon certainly didn't pitch scared Monday, as the 24-year-old right-hander was perhaps helped by the Dodgers giving him an early lead. More >
"We weren't able to get a whole lot of guys on base, and when we did, we weren't able to do a whole lot with it," Yanks outfielder Brett Gardner said.
High, far, gone: Judge tried to atone for his earlier miscue with his fourth career home run, a tape-measure fifth-inning blast that cleared the left-field bullpen and landed in the bleachers. According to Statcast™, Judge's exit velocity was 115.2 mph, making it the hardest home run hit by a Yankee this year and the ninth-hardest homer in the Majors. The shot went a projected 436 feet, the ninth-longest by a Yankee this year.
"Not many people go there, that's for sure," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "We've talked about, there's a lot in there. So for him, it's getting experience and continuing to make minor adjustments."
Puig power: Puig has just 14 at-bats since being called back up by the Dodgers on Sept. 2, but he already has three home runs. Puig hit an opposite-field homer in the eighth inning off Yankee left-hander James Pazos after entering as a pinch-hitter. The ball landed in the first row of the seats in left field, estimated by Statcast™ at 333 feet. Puig had been 3-for-23 as a pinch-hitter in his career. More >
"For him to be ready when called on, that's outstanding," Roberts said.
"His poise is off the charts." -- Roberts, on De Leon
WHAT'S NEXT Dodgers: Rookie left-hander Julio Urias (5-2, 3.69 ERA), who made his big league debut across town at Citi Field in May, makes his 14th start when the Dodgers play the Yankees on Tuesday at 4:05 p.m. PT.
Yankees Left-hander CC Sabathia (8-12, 4.27 ERA) will make his 27th start of the season on Tuesday, as the Yankees host Los Angeles at 7:05 p.m. ET. Sabathia has been lacking his sharp stuff in two September starts, most recently lasting just four innings against the Rays last Thursday. He's 1-0 with a 1.20 ERA in two career starts vs. the Dodgers.