LOS ANGELES -- With the sellout crowd at Dodger Stadium hanging on his every pitch, Kenley Jansen found himself in a jam. Bases loaded, one out, and Los Angeles clinging to a one-run lead over the Yankees in the ninth.
All that right after a bizarre twist that had both managers on the field, trying to figure out what happened during a potential game-ending double play that got reviewed.
Jansen stayed cool in the heat of the moment on a scorching day and struck out Mike Tauchman and pinch-hitter Gary Sanchez to give the Dodgers a 2-1 victory over New York on Saturday in a matchup between the teams with the best records in baseball.
"Stressful? No," Jansen said. "Just got to trust yourself in that situation. I don't lose confidence in myself."
Still, Jansen has faltered at times this season, including earlier in the week when fans booed during his sixth blown save. His 27th save was his first since Aug. 6.
"Kenley showed right there that he can still command the baseball in a big spot and make pitches," Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. "I definitely don't think that was stress; that was fun."
But it was the play right before that to load the bases that left most everyone in the ballpark wondering what was going on.
There were runners at first and second with one out when Gio Urshela hit a grounder to third baseman Justin Turner, who looked to start a game-ending double play. Second baseman Max Muncy caught Turner's flip, but then got wiped out by Brett Gardner's hard slide for an apparent forceout.
"I felt like I made it, but it was so close," Gardner said. "I'm glad I was safe, but we just came up short."
Gleyber Torres, who had started the play on second base, rounded third and then headed home with Muncy down on the ground, trying to score the tying run. Instead, Torres was stopped by the umpires because time had been called.
"Ninth innings are stressful enough as they are," Muncy said, "and you add that in there and it was kind of like, `whew."
The strange sequence set off a nearly 2-minute replay review. The call at second was reversed and Gardner was ruled safe, beating the throw with a physical but legal slide.
"For me in terms of playing the game, I thought it was perfectly clean," Muncy said. "In terms of the rule they've created, I thought the only thing that was questionable was his hand reaching out and grabbing me. Other than that, it was a good play by him."
Muncy said he wasn't injured, but Gardner "got me pretty good."
Roberts challenged the slide, believing Gardner was out, while Yankees manager Aaron Boone came out, too, seemingly to seek clarification on why Torres wasn't allowed to score.
"It was a good baseball play," Roberts said of Gardner's slide.
Boone said plate umpire Gabe Morales told him Jansen had already raised his hands to call time.
"He had definitely started down the line, it didn't seem like halfway to me," Boone said of Torres. "You can see Kenley asking for time maybe about as he's getting ready to start down the line."
A day after the Yankees routed the Dodgers 10-2, the clubs played a tight game that have some fans predicting will be an October preview.
"Like I told the guys when I was on second base in the last inning, `Good luck the rest of the way and hopefully we'll see you again," Gardner said.
Roberts described the atmosphere as "two great, iconic, storied franchises. You could feel the emotion from both dugouts and the stadium."
Turner hit a two-run homer in the third. After two games without a homer, the Dodgers got their National League-leading 226th.
Aaron Judge homered for the second straight day, connecting in the fourth.
Sabathia (5-8) gave up two runs and five hits in four innings, striking out seven. It was his second start since coming off the injured list with right knee inflammation.
"Just felt way more comfortable out there and hopefully just continue to build off that," Sabathia said.
Turner's 23rd homer of the season landed in the left-field pavilion and scored Gonsolin, who had reached on an infield single off Sabathia's leg for his second career hit.
"I've always been a lifelong Yankees fan," said Gonsolin, who met Sabathia in high school. "It was pretty great to throw against all those guys."
Judge's drive was New York's 58th homer in August, tying the major league record for most in a month shared by Baltimore in 1987 and Seattle in 1999.
Yankees: RHP Dellin Betances (lat muscle) threw a 20-pitch batting practice session at the minor league complex in Tampa, Florida. ... RHP Luis Severino (lat muscle) said he felt fine after throwing a two-inning simulated game Thursday. He's scheduled for another simulated game Tuesday and then could start a minor league rehab assignment. ... 1B Luke Voit (sports hernia) homered for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre leading off Saturday's game against Lehigh Valley's Jerad Eickoff. Voit was the DH and finished 2 for 4 with a walk.
Dodgers: LHP Rich Hill (flexor tendon strain) threw a 27-pitch bullpen session. He'll do it again in a couple days and then face hitters. ... LHP Julio Urias is at the team's spring training facility in Arizona where he threw a bullpen session while serving a 20-game domestic violence suspension. He's set to return on Sept. 3, but the team is unsure whether he will start or work out of the bullpen.
Yankees: RHP Domingo German (16-3, 4.15 ERA) is averaging fewer than six innings per start this season.
Dodgers: LHP Clayton Kershaw (13-2, 2.71) gave up three home runs and walked three in six innings against Toronto in his last start.
Who should be voted to the Baseball Hall of Fame this weekend?
Ten names from the modern era are under consideration for the Hall this weekend. Here's what our ballot would look like.
Mookie Betts to the Reds (or White Sox) and more winter meetings trades we want to see
Hoping for a busy week of moves in San Diego? So are we. Here are some deals that would get everyone talking.
Tommy Pham headed to Padres; Rays to get Hunter Renfroe
The Padres are set to acquire OF Tommy Pham and two-way prospect Jake Cronenworth from the Rays in exchange for Hunter Renfroe and touted 2B prospect Xavier Edwards, sources told ESPN.
Ex-Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild hired for same position with Padres
Former New York Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild has been hired in the same position by the San Diego Padres.
Athletes join in on the 'Baby Yoda' meme frenzy
To iconic meme status Baby Yoda ascended has. The collective Internet has been going wild over the lovable Disney+ character and the sports world is no exception.
Michael Pineda, Twins reach agreement on $20M, 2-year deal
Right-hander Michael Pineda, whose 60-game suspension for using a banned substance will carry over into the 2020 season, is returning to the Twins. The sides have agreed to a two-year, $20 million contract, sources tell ESPN.