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No Shane, no gain: Victorino races to thrilling finish

No Shane, no gain: Victorino races to thrilling finish

No Shane, no gain: Victorino races to thrilling finish
LOS ANGELES -- Shane Victorino had his sights set on scoring from the start. When Adrian Gonzalez lined a ball into right field in the bottom of the ninth Sunday, the gritty Victorino wasn't going to slow down.

Despite being thrown out at the plate the night before on top of there being only one out, Victorino didn't have any hesitation when he broke for home and scored the winning run on Gonzalez's two-run double in the Dodgers' 5-4 win over the D-backs.

"When that ball is hit, I'm going the whole way," Victorino said.

The speedy left fielder was thrown out by Justin Upton on Saturday night in the eighth inning when he tried to score an insurance run from third on a lazy fly ball.

Dodgers third-base coach Tim Wallach, who was nearly in the batter's box, threw up the stop sign, but by then there was no retreating for Victorino. The ball came in time and Victorino collided at the plate with catcher Miguel Montero, who held on for the out.

On Sunday, Victorino hoped to score on a Gonzalez double that was lost in the sun by Upton in the seventh. He put on the burners, but he had to stop at third when the ball bounced up and into Upton's glove.

Not long after, a third opportunity presented itself for the speedy Victorino. This time, he took his chance with the game on the line when he raced home after Mark Ellis scored the tying run earlier on the play.

"I'm not going to be reckless just because we tied the game," Victorino said. "It's a situation where we had just one out and the meat of our lineup was coming up. I'm going to go hard the whole way until Tim tells me to stop. He kept waving me and I said, 'OK, I'm going to keep going.'

"If there was a play at the plate like the night before, I was all for it. Fortunately enough for me, I was able to slide out to the outside and be safe."

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