Dodgers climb past Rockies with six-run seventh inning

It was a Colorado avalanche that buried the Rockies.

The Dodgers sent 11 batters to the plate and scored six times in the seventh inning (their season-high for any inning) to break open a tie game and give the Dodgers a 9-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on Thursday night.

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Mookie Betts gestures to the dugout after his RBI single off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Carlos Estevez during the seventh inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Julio Urias works against the Colorado Rockies during the third inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Will Smith follows through on a two-run double off Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Carlos Estevez during the seventh inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

  • Corey Seager #5 of the Los Angeles Dodgers completes the first half of a failed double play against Raimel Tapia #15 of the Colorado Rockies on a Charlie Blackmon single in the fifth inning at Coors Field on September 17, 2020 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

  • Colorado Rockies’ Raimel Tapia, left, scores on a sacrifice bly by Charlie Blackmon as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Will Smith fields the throw during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers third base coach Dino Ebel, left, congratulates Corey Seager as he circles the bases after hitting a solo home run off Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Kyle Freeland in the fourth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Dylan Floro works against the Colorado Rockies during the sixth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Jake McGee warms up for the team’s baseball game against the Colorado Rockies on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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The win dropped the Dodgers’ magic number to clinch another NL West Division title to five. The second-place San Diego Padres were idle Thursday.

The Dodgers have now outscored their opponents 99-59 in the seventh inning or later this season.

“Just got some pitches to hit and put some good swings on them,” said Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager who had three hits in the win. “That’s all you’re trying to do. We did it a lot tonight, up and down the lineup. Hitting is contagious and when it happens like that you just want to keep it going.”

Showing up late has worked for the Dodgers’ offense. Maybe Julio Urias should try it.

In a recurring issue, Urias struggled through a ragged first inning, allowing two runs on three hits including a double by Trevor Story. In his 10 starts this season, Urias has allowed 10 runs in the first innings with opposing batters hitting .341 (15 for 44) with three home runs.

It took him 26 pitches to get through that first inning Thursday. His next 27 retired the next nine Rockies in order. Urias retired 13 in a row before Raimel Tapia reached base on an error to start the sixth inning.

After his first innings, Urias has allowed just nine runs in 39 innings, holding opposing batters to a .199 average (28 for 141).

“It was just a bad first inning with a lot of bad pitches,” Urias said through an interpreter.

“I continue working on that. I’m working with Mark (Prior, Dodgers pitching coach) and the rest of the coaches. They’ve really helped. I’ve just tried to make the adjustment for the first inning. Some times it’s just the circumstances of the game. But you can’t let that beat you. You have to understand that inning has passed and keep working and hopefully you work into the sixth or seventh inning. That’s the mentality, but I’ll keep working. It happened again today. But I’m going to continue to try and tackle that.”

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said the coaching staff has talked to Urias about making “adjustments” that might smooth the transition into the game.

“Talking to him on the bench afterwards, it’s more of getting that mindset like it’s the fifth or the sixth inning in the first inning,” Roberts said. “He started off slow, couldn’t get the ball out front, couldn’t spin the breaking ball, it was casting. Once he got loose and got that adrenaline or whatever you call it, it was a lot more crisp.”

The idea of having someone open for Urias, allowing him to enter the game in the second or third inning, didn’t seem to appeal to Roberts.

“It’s certainly a thought,” he said. “But it’s still the warm-up, the ramp up, whatever that is — if you’re still getting the same stuff in the third inning, it’s still the first time he’s out there on the mound. The key is when he gets out there on the mound he’s gotta be ready to rip it.”

That first inning put the Dodgers in the chase position and they caught the Rockies with two runs in the fourth inning against left-hander Kyle Freeland including a solo home run by Seager.

It stayed tied 2-2 until the seventh inning when the Dodgers broke the Rockies.

The Dodgers sent 11 batters to the plate against Freeland and relievers Carlos Estevez and Jairo Diaz. Seager, Will Smith and Kiké Hernandez had doubles. Mookie Betts broke the tie with an RBI single. The Rockies pitchers only made things worse with four walks and a run-scoring wild pitch. Catcher Tony Wolters was guilty of two passed balls.

“I think we had six, seven walks tonight,” Roberts said. “Our guys didn’t allow a walk. So some miscues they made, giving us extra outs — that’s good to see us capitalize. That’s how you have to play especially here.”

Seager finished the game a triple shy of the cycle, breaking out of a 2-for-16 stretch with the three-hit game. Smith continues on his tear. In 16 games since returning from a neck injury in late August, Smith is 21 for 57 (.368) with seven doubles, four home runs, 12 RBI and 12 runs scored.

Edwin Rios added a 427-foot solo home run in the eighth inning off Wade Davis, the 20th home run the Dodgers have hit off Rockies pitching in seven games this season.

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Dustin May leaves game with foot injury and Dodgers lose in Arizona

With less than three weeks to go before the start of the postseason, the Dodgers’ starting rotation is falling apart.

The Dodgers won two of three in their series at Chase Field with their 5-2 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday night. But they lost a starting pitcher in two of the three games.

  • Arizona Diamondbacks’ David Peralta (6) advances safely to second on a wild pitch as Los Angeles Dodgers’ Mookie Betts (50) can’t catch a throwing error by catcher Austin Barnes during the second inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Dustin May gets up after taking a line drive to the foot off the bat of Arizona Diamondbacks’ Josh Rojas during the first inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

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  • Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Dustin May is checked by the trainer after taking a line drive to the foot off the bat of Arizona Diamondbacks’ Josh Rojas during the first inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

  • Corey Seager #5 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates with teammate AJ Pollock #11 after hitting a solo home run off of Madison Bumgarner #40 of the Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning at Chase Field on September 10, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

  • Nick Ahmed #13 of the Arizona Diamondbacks turns a double play on a ground ball hit by Corey Seager #5 of the Los Angeles Dodgers as Mookie Betts #50 slides into second base during the fourth inning at Chase Field on September 10, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

  • Nick Ahmed #13 of the Arizona Diamondbacks warms up in the on-deck circle prior to an at-bat during the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chase Field on September 10, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

  • Madison Bumgarner #40 of the Arizona Diamondbacks delivers a first inning pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chase Field on September 10, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

  • Dustin May #85 of the Los Angeles Dodgers delivers a first inning pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on September 10, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

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Walker Buehler lasted just 2 2/3 innings Tuesday and went back on the injured list Thursday with a blister on the index finger of his right hand. At the earliest, he would return with eight games left in the regular season, giving him time to make two starts at the most before the start of the postseason.

Dustin May’s start Thursday was even shorter. Diamondbacks leadoff man Josh Rojas lined May’s second pitch of the game back at him, hitting May in the left foot. May finished out the inning and started warming up for the second inning before Dodgers manager Dave Roberts and a trainer came out to the mound. Roberts pulled May before he threw a pitch in the second inning.

Initial X-rays on May’s foot were “inconclusive,” according to Roberts and May will undergo a CT scan on Friday.

“We’ll know significantly more after the test tomorrow,” Roberts said.

Indeed, a good deal of the Dodgers’ October fate could hinge on the results of that examination and the healing pace of Buehler’s finger.

“I think we’ll know more tomorrow with Dustin,” Roberts said. “With Walker, yeah he’s on the IL, but I feel that once the days are served we’ll get him to where he needs to be. So with him there’s not a level of concern. … I think it’ll be more telling with Dustin tomorrow. But I still feel very confident.”

With May done, the Dodgers’ bullpen once again put in a long night’s work. Over their past 11 games, Dodgers relievers have thrown 52 1/3 innings including at least three innings each game.

Despite winning the series, the three games in the desert were not a great advertisement for the Dodgers’ standing as the best team in baseball. They committed seven errors in the three games, stranded 35 runners on base, ran themselves out of an inning Thursday and allowed 18 runs in the series to a Diamondbacks offense that had produced just 2.7 per game while losing 16 of 18 before this series.

“It just wasn’t a crisp, clean game by us — all the way around. You’re going to have those games,” Roberts said.

Back-to-back home runs by Corey Seager and A.J. Pollock in the third inning were the Dodgers’ only runs in the loss. They loaded the bases in the fourth but Seager bounced into an inning-ending double play.

They had the makings of a rally in the sixth inning when Kiké Hernandez walked and went to third on a Will Smith single. But Smith was caught rounding first too aggressively and was thrown out when shortstop Nick Ahmed cut off the throw from center fielder Daulton Varsho.

After a walk to Austin Barnes, Hernandez made another out on the bases when he couldn’t beat the return throw to home plate on a double steal. The Dodgers had just one more hit in the game, an eighth-inning infield single by Smith (his fourth hit of the game).

With the Dodgers’ bullpen taxed, Tony Gonsolin was moved out of the rotation and into the bullpen. Gonsolin was told to expect to pitch multiple innings even before the game Thursday — perhaps a foreshadowing of the Dodgers’ plans to “piggyback” May and Gonsolin for postseason starts. But Roberts had to turn to him in the fourth inning and ride him for five innings.

Gonsolin had given up three runs in 23 2/3 innings over his five starts — and matched that total in a three-batter stretch of the sixth inning against the Diamondbacks. Ahmed started it with a single and scored when Hernandez mishandled Varsho’s triple off the right-field fence. Carson Kelly followed with a two-run home run.

With Buehler and possibly May out of action, Gonsolin is likely to return to the rotation on Tuesday. Alex Wood pitched just one inning out of the bullpen Thursday and could make a spot start on Sunday when Roberts acknowledged a “bullpen game” is likely.

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Dodgers absorb short start by Walker Buehler, win a wild one in extra innings

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Gavin Lux (9) scores on a base hit by teammate Edwin Rios as Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Daulton Varsho bobbles the throw during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Gavin Lux scores after hitting a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the second inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

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  • Outfielder Chris Taylor #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is unable to catch a two-run home run hit by Kole Calhoun (not pictured) of the Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on September 08, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • Starting pitcher Walker Buehler #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers has his hand looked at by a team trainer during the third inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on September 08, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler (21) throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

  • Infielder Eduardo Escobar #5 of the Arizona Diamondbacks attempts to tag Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers as he slides safely into third base during the third inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on September 08, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger slides safely into third on a base hit by teammate Max Muncy against Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

  • Arizona Diamondbacks’ Kole Calhoun (56) looks back after catching a long fly-out hit by Los Angeles Dodgers’ A.J. Pollock as teammate Tim Locastro crashes into the wall during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

  • Relief pitcher Victor Gonzalez #81 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on September 08, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • Arizona Diamondbacks’ Tim Locastro steals second as Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager waits for the throw during the third inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

  • Chris Taylor #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a RBI single against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fifth inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on September 08, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler (21) is checked by the trainer during the third inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

  • Arizona Diamondbacks’ Kole Calhoun, right, catches a long fly-out hit by Los Angeles Dodgers’ A.J. Pollock during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in Phoenix as teammate Tim Locastro looks on. (AP Photo/Matt York)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Chris Taylor looks away as a home run ball hit by Arizona Diamondbacks’ Kole Calhoun rolls above the fence during the third inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger slides safely into third on a base hit by teammate Max Muncy against Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

  • Arizona Diamondbacks’ Ketel Marte breaks up a double play as Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager looks to throw during the third inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ A.J. Pollock scores on a base hit by teammate Chris Taylor during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager hits against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

  • Arizona Diamondbacks’ Ketel Marte breaks up a double play as Los Angeles Dodgers’ Corey Seager looks to throw during the third inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger (35) steals second as Arizona Diamondbacks’ Ketel Marte reaches for the throw during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

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As if you needed something else to worry about these days.

In his second start since going to the injured list with a blister on the index finger of his right hand, Walker Buehler left the game in the midst of a five-run third inning. But the Dodgers absorbed the early adversity and came back to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 10-9 in 10 innings Tuesday night at Chase Field.

Gavin Lux hit two home runs and drove in five runs including a three-run shot in the 10th — and the Dodgers still haven’t lost three consecutive games in over a year (since August 29-31, 2019).

“It kind of is what it is at this point,” Buehler said after the game, being vague in most of his responses to questions about the blister. “I’m trying to learn how to deal with it and execute. My goal is to be better next time. But at the end of the day, I’ve said it a million times, I’ve had a few tough ones this year and haven’t sunk the ship.”

Pressed on what it means to “deal with” the blister, Buehler said the focus would be on making sure it doesn’t get worse and making unspecified adjustments — “There’s stuff that you’re going to have to do differently and stuff that you’re going to do the same,” he said.

“I’m not overly concerned I just want to pitch better,” he said. “At the end of the day, that’s all it really is. I have the utmost trust and respect for our trainers and our staff and our coaching staff in making decisions. I think we’ve handled it pretty well so far. I don’t think today was a result of that. I think it’s something that, no offense, you guys will talk about and whatnot. But to me, I just didn’t make pitches.”

Buehler threw five scoreless innings against the Diamondbacks at home last week in his return to the rotation, limited to 75 pitches out of caution. There didn’t appear to be any problems to start Tuesday night either.

Buehler retired the first seven Diamondbacks hitters in order, touching 101 mph with a fastball to Kole Calhoun in the second inning. But Buehler recorded just one more out in the next six batters.

Daulton Varsho touched him for a solo home run and the next two hitters reached base on singles. An error by Lux allowed one run to score. A forceout pushed across another. Roberts came out to the pitcher’s mound with a trainer at one point, checking on Buehler but letting him continue.

That ended when he gave up a two-run home run to Calhoun on his 32nd pitch of the inning.

Roberts said he expects Buehler to make his next start but there will be “discussions” about the best way to make sure the blister is not an issue in October.

“Nothing’s off the table,” Roberts said.

The offense had ample kindling to spot the Diamondbacks that early lead and come back. The Dodgers had 12 baserunners — six hits, six walks — in the first five innings alone but stranded 10 of those runners by going 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position.

Lux drove in one run with a solo homer and Chris Taylor another with a single. But the Dodgers trailed 6-2 after six innings.

They finally sparked to life during a four-run seventh inning that tied the game.

The hapless Diamondbacks (they have lost 17 of their past 19 games with a trade-deadline selloff in the midst of it) gave the Dodgers extended life when Tim Locastro inexplicably ran into an out to end the ninth inning. The speedy Locastro drew a walk, stole second and trotted into third when Austin Barnes’ throw skipped into center field. But Locastro then tried to run home as well and was tagged out easily.

The Dodgers did their part to extend the game by stranding 15 runners on base. Finally in the 10th inning, though, an error by third baseman Eduardo Escobar allowed the go-ahead run to score and Lux followed with his third hit and second home run of the game.

That put the game out of reach — barely. Kenley Jansen gave up a two-run home run to Christian Walker and had the tying run on base before closing it out.

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Chris Taylor drives in four runs against Diamondbacks as Dodgers keep piling up wins

LOS ANGELES — And the beat goes on.

The Dodgers largely took a pass on Monday’s in-season trade deadline, subtracted Justin Turner (on the injured list with a hamstring injury) and Cody Bellinger (sore lat muscle) from their lineup Tuesday — and kept on winning.

Left-hander Julio Urias held the Arizona Diamondbacks to four hits over six innings as the Dodgers cruised to a 6-3 victory at Dodger Stadium.

  • Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen #74 celebrates their victory with catcher Will Smith #16 during their MLB game against the Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium, Tuesday, September 1, 2020. The Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks 6-3. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Dodgers’ Gavin Lux #9 slides into third base during their MLB game against the Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium, Tuesday, September 1, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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  • The Diamondbacks’ Tim Locastro #16 makes a diving attempt on a fly ball hit by the Dodgers’ A.J. Pollock #11 in the bottom of the first inning during their MLB game at Dodger Stadium, Tuesday, September 1, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Julio Urias #7 during their MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium, Tuesday, September 1, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Dodgers’ Mookie Betts #50 looks on as Chris Taylor #3 catches a deep fly ball during their MLB game against the Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium, Tuesday, September 1, 2020. The Dodgers beat the Diamondbacks 6-3. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Dodgers’ Chris Taylor #3 scores on a sac fly in the bottom of the fifth inning during their MLB game against the Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium, Tuesday, September 1, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez #14 catches a fly ball during their MLB game against the Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium, Tuesday, September 1, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Alex Young #49 during their MLB game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, Tuesday, September 1, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Diamondbacks’’ Carson Kelly #18 celebrates after hitting a home run in the top of the third inning during their MLB game against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, Tuesday, September 1, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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The win was their fifth in the past six games and 16th in 19 games since they lost consecutive games for the second of two times in this abbreviated season.

“He just hasn’t been consistent with his delivery but he still prevented runs,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of Urias whose ERA dropped to 3.27 with the win. “Tonight, he sort of put it all together — something we knew was in there. We’ve seen it many times over. But for him to now spit out a good one and hopefully gain some traction with his next one on Sunday — we’re going to need him to pitch some big innings.”

Indeed. It was the kind of solid performance that Roberts acknowledged was reassuring as the Dodgers passed on acquiring an established starter at Monday’s deadline, instead setting their rotation for the final month with the young left-hander in the group vying to possibly be the No. 3 starter during a postseason run.

“Right now it’s just focusing on every outing,” Urias said through an interpreter of the postseason evaluations soon to be made. “I’ll start focusing on my next outing tomorrow. I’ll show up and work hard. Whatever decision they make with that, with the playoffs, I’ll respect that. It’s something that’s out of my control. The only thing that I can control is trying to stay healthy. Let them make those decisions.”

Urias was in command from the start Tuesday and remained efficient throughout — two things he had struggled with previously this season.

Coming into Tuesday, Urias had allowed seven runs and a .357 batting average (including three home runs) in the first inning of his previous six starts — but only four runs and a .202 batting average after that (with no home runs).

He retired the Diamondbacks in order on 12 pitches in the first inning and never looked back.

“Mostly just talking about attacking hitters. I felt really good and I think that’s why things worked out today,” Urias said of his between-starts work with pitching coach Mark Prior and assistant Connor McGuiness.

“Obviously that’s something you focus on. If you attack batters and try to get them early then you look up and you’re six or seven innings in. That’s just the way you have to think.”

Urias allowed a solo home run to Carson Kelly in the third inning and had to strand runners at the corners after back-to-back singles followed that. Those were the Diamondbacks’ last hits off Urias, who retired the last 11 batters he faced and threw just 78 pitches (53 strikes) in his six innings, never needing more than 15 pitches to retire the Diamondbacks in any inning.

“Tonight for me, that was the difference — the feel for the slider, to shorten it, to strike it. And then pitch off that with his fastball,” Roberts said. “And getting ahead with strike one.

“I think when Julio has the feel for his pitches and the delivery synced up then he’s going to be good. Just getting that mindset from Pitch One to be aggressive is messaging we continue to talk to him about.”

Turner’s move to the IL with a hamstring injury Tuesday was not surprising. He hadn’t played since injuring it Friday in Texas. But Bellinger’s absence from the lineup was a surprise. He felt discomfort in the back of his right shoulder while taking swings in the batting cage Tuesday afternoon. His status will be re-evaluated Wednesday.

“He was swinging and felt it on a swing,” Roberts said. “Just felt it tighten up. So we didn’t want to push it. He ran today, threw today and felt good. We just wanted to err on the side of caution.”

Chris Taylor picked up the slack, driving in four runs with a bases-loaded walk and two doubles (one a misplay by right fielder Kole Calhoun that sailed over his head).

“Obviously we’d love to have those guys in there. But I think our approach as a team stays the same,” Taylor said of an approach that yielded eight walks Tuesday. “We’re trying to make the pitcher work, get him in the zone and take advantage of his mistakes. Tonight with (Diamondbacks starter Alex) Young, we did a good job of making him throw strikes. He likes to work down in the zone with all his pitches and he gets a lot of chase. I thought tonight we did a pretty good job of getting in advantage counts and taking advantage when he had to throw strikes.”

Scott Alexander surrendered a two-out, two-run home run to Nick Ahmed in the ninth inning, setting up a save opportunity for Kenley Jansen. Jansen collected (his 10th) by striking out Daulton Varsho.

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Dodgers lose a wild game to the Giants in 11 innings

  • San Francisco Giants’ Donovan Solano celebrates after hitting the game winning home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the eleventh inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

  • Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers avoids a tag by a diving Tyler Rogers #71 of the San Francisco Giants to reach first base for an infield single that enabled a run to score in the 11th inning at Oracle Park on August 25, 2020 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner scores on a passed ball by San Francisco Giants catcher Joey Bart in the tenth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

  • Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers safely steals third base as the ball gets past Evan Longoria #10 of the San Francisco Giants in the tenth inning at Oracle Park on August 25, 2020 in San Francisco, California. Turner scored on the play. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

  • Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers safely steals third base as the ball gets past Evan Longoria #10 of the San Francisco Giants in the tenth inning at Oracle Park on August 25, 2020 in San Francisco, California. Turner scored on the play. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

  • Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a double in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park on August 25, 2020 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

  • Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates with Joc Pederson #31 after he hit a three run home run in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park on August 25, 2020 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

  • Donovan Solano #7 of the San Francisco Giants prays before their game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Oracle Park on August 25, 2020 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

  • Justin Turner #10 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a double in the first inning against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park on August 25, 2020 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

  • Julio Urias #7 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning at Oracle Park on August 25, 2020 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy watches his three-run home run off San Francisco Giants’ Johnny Cueto in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

  • San Francisco Giants pitcher Johnny Cueto works against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Austin Barnes (15) scores from third base on a passed ball as Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Yusei Kikuchi looks on in the third inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ pitcher Julio Urias works against the San Francisco Giants in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Muncy, right, celebrates with Justin Turner, second from left, and A.J. Pollock, left, after hitting a three-run home run off San Francisco Giants’ Johnny Cueto in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson follows through on an RBI double off San Francisco Giants’ Johnny Cueto
    during the third inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

  • Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers wears in a mask in the dugout before their game against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park on August 25, 2020 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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Donovan Solano and Dennis Santana were teammates in the Dodgers’ organization briefly, in Oklahoma City a couple years ago.

Under no circumstances could they have imagined sharing the fate of a game like the one played Tuesday night in San Francisco.

Solano hit a two-run home run off Santana in the 11th inning of the Dodgers’ 10-8 loss to the Giants, the final dagger in a game of paper cuts. The rivalry between the Giants and Dodgers has witnessed back-and-forth games since the 19th century, but this one was only possible in 2020.

Brandon Belt homered off Kenley Jansen in the bottom of the ninth inning at Oracle Park, tying the game at 6.

Two ties, two lead changes, and two innings later, the game ended when Solano saw a hanging slider from Santana that he liked. The home run – Solano’s only hit in a 4-hour, 22-minute game – put the Dodgers behind on the scoreboard for the only time after the first inning.

“A lot of weird stuff happened tonight,” Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner said. “This extra inning stuff’s kind of wild.”

Turner began the top of the 10th on second base under the special tiebreaker rules in place for this season. Giants catcher Joey Bart, in his fifth major league game, appeared to be confused by a fastball from Jarlín Garcia. The pitch glanced off his glove, off his face mask, between his legs, and lingered out of sight long enough for Turner to steal third base.

When Bart’s throw to third base sailed into left field, Turner scored to give the Dodgers a 7-6 lead.

Scott Alexander took over in the bottom of the 10th and a runner, Bart, on second. Bart presented the Dodgers another gift when he took off running on a ground ball to the shortstop, Corey Seager. Instead of throwing to third to retire Bart, Seager threw to first base to retire Steven Duggar.

“What happened was, Joey kind of blocked out Seager,” said Turner. “(Seager) wasn’t in position to make the throw (to third), so he took the out. I think 9 out of 10 times, Corey’s going to field that ball and come to me.”

Two batters later, Mauricio Dubon hit a ground ball down the third-base line. Turner was able to smother the ball before it reached the outfield, but Bart scored to tie the game at 7.

In the 11th inning, the Dodgers took an 8-7 lead when Turner hit a slow ground ball between the pitcher’s mound and first base. Smith took off running from third, and scored when Turner deftly eluded a diving tag attempt by Giants pitcher Tyler Rogers.

Then in the bottom of the 11th, a one-out single by Evan Longoria (4 for 5) scored Mike Yastrzemski, who began the inning at second base. That tied the game at 8 before Solano’s home run walked the Dodgers off the field.

The old trope about baseball being a game of failure rang particularly true. The Giants went 3 for 22 with runners in scoring position. The Dodgers went 3 for 17. Both teams committed two errors in the field.

Turner’s 4-for-6 line was among the highlights.

“Justin had a great night,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “He played both sides of the baseball, ran the bases, didn’t give away at-bats. It just wasn’t a well-played game for us. We just didn’t do a lot of things right, which kept those guys in the ballgame.”

The Dodgers (22-9) had won four games in a row. The red-hot Giants (15-16) have won their last seven.

Dodgers starter Julio Urías allowed four runs in four innings. Urías allowed six hits, walked three batters, and induced only two groundouts. He gave up a three-run home run to Belt in the first inning. Belt is the only player to homer more than once against Urías in the major leagues.

Giants starter Johnny Cueto allowed six runs in the first three innings. Max Muncy hit a three-run home run in the top of the first inning – his eighth of the season on the occasion of his 30th birthday.

Seager also homered against Cueto, who lasted four innings and exited with the Giants trailing 6-3.

Longoria led off the fifth inning with a single and scored the Giants’ fourth run on a double by Belt (4 for 5, five RBIs). That proved to be Urías’ final pitch. He had not allowed four runs in a game since April 2019.

Dylan Floro took over and threw a wild pitch that sent Belt to third base, but he came back to strike out Bart and induce an inning-ending groundout by Alex Dickerson.

Pitching out of trouble soon became a recurring theme for the Dodgers bullpen. Blake Treinen replaced Jake McGee with two outs and a runner on third base in the sixth inning, and got Wilmer Flores to line out to third base.

The Giants loaded the bases in the seventh inning without recording an out, thanks in part to an error by Muncy at first base. Treinen got Bart to ground into a double play as one run scored. Caleb Ferguson then struck out Pablo Sandoval to end the inning.

The Dodgers didn’t score against the Giants’ bullpen outside of the unearned runs in the 10th and 11th. They left 11 runners on base.

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Seager brothers each hit home run but Dodgers win matchup with Mariners

<p>LOS ANGELES — Little brother always gets his way.</p><p>Before playing against his older brother, Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager, in a regular-season game for the first time Monday, Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager said he would be rooting for big brother to get four hits — “and we still win.”</p><p>Kyle was on base four times, on three hits and a walk. And the Dodgers did win, though it took a five-run seventh-inning comeback to fulfill the younger Seager’s wish with an 11-9 victory over the Mariners.</p><p>

  • Students make their way past The Hal and Jeanette Segerstrom Family Music Center at the Orange County School of the Arts during registration Tuesday afternoon. The building is a new 60,000-square-foot facility for music, dance and science in Santa Ana.

  • Richard Rumble will present a one-hour comedy, music and magic show for ages 4 and older on Saturday at Mission Viejo City Hall. Pictured: Joanna Castaneda, left, of Lake Forest, and Zach Hungerford, of Mission Viejo, help Magician Richard Rumble with a trick during a “It’s Not Magic It’s Science” show at the El Toro Library.

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  • The Angels’ Erick Aybar can’t reach this single by the Rangers’ Elvis Andrus in the fourth inning Friday night at Angel Stadium.

  • A student enters the lobby of dance, music and science centers at the Orange County School of the Arts during registration Tuesday afternoon. It is part of a new 60,000 square-foot Hal and Jeanette Segerstrom Family Music Center for music, dance and science in Santa Ana.

  • Richard Rumble will present a one-hour comedy, music and magic show for ages 4 and older on Saturday at Mission Viejo City Hall.

  • Tustin’s Tyler Noble looks to the ref for an interference call after a pass was broken up by Foothill’s Joey Schlemmer in the end zone with 13 seconds left. The play ensured a 13-7 victory for Foothill on Friday.

  • A group of migrants head to cross the border between Serbia and Croatia, near the village of Berkasovo, about 100 km west from Belgrade, Serbia, on Friday. The International Organization for Migration says it has seen a sharp increase in the number of people landing on Greece’s eastern islands over the past week, with around 7,000 people arriving every day.

  • An Albertsons in Tustin. Albertson’s, Vons and Pavilions, which joined forces in a merger earlier this year, are seeking to hire 1,400 new full- and part-time employees in Southern California.

  • Patrick Wilson plays Lou Solverson in “Fargo.”

  • UCLA’s Owamagbe Odighizuwa, left, and Kenny Clark team up to sack Arizona quarterback Anu Solomon during last year’s game at the Rose Bowl. Jim Mora’s UCLA teams have gone 3-0 against Rich Rodriguez’s Arizona teams so far, twice holding the high-scoring Wildcats to 10 points or less.

  • Allen Christensen of Oak Hills stands next to a well-wishing sign before the 2016 Rose Parade.

  • Dolphins free safety Michael Thomas (31) and cornerback Bobby McCain (28) attempt to stop Giants wide receiver Rueben Randle (82) during the first half.

  • Brea Olinda band cheers for the team during a game against Sonora at Brea Olinda on Friday.

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</p><p>The win extended the Dodgers’ streak to six consecutive (and the Mariners’ losing streak to the same).</p><p>”He only got three (hits). That’s his fault,” Corey Seager said. “We still got the win so I’ll take that for sure.”</p><p>Both Seager brothers hit home runs in the game, becoming the 10th pair of brothers to hit home runs for different teams in the same game, the first since Felipe and Cesar Crespo in 2001.</p><p>”For sure, it was a lot of fun. It was a special moment,” Corey Seager said after both he and Kyle were caught on camera suppressing grins as the other brother passed them rounding the bases. “It was one of those things where you can go home and think about it, soak it all in. You try to be in the moment as much as possible. You’re still trying to win a game. But when you get around him, it was hard to not see your brother in your opponent. It was a lot of fun for sure.”</p><p>Corey Seager’s homer was a three-run shot, the biggest hit in a five-run second inning that put the Dodgers up 6-2 against the sagging Mariners.</p><p>But every time Ross Stripling gets into the Dodgers’ starting rotation, he turns into the babysitter in an 1980s era horror movie. He hears steps. And they’re coming from inside the house.</p><p>Tabbed to replace David Price in the season-opening rotation, Stripling’s always-tenuous hold on a rotation spot has slipped in each of his past four starts. Monday was the worst of the bunch. He faced 17 batters in three innings, retired just nine of them and gave up eight hits including three home runs in a five-run third inning to surrender the Dodgers’ early lead.</p><p>”These guys are good fastball hitters so I felt I was going to get them out with offspeed through the night,” Stripling said. “But the fastballs that I threw were too much of a strike there. When I know I’m going to get them out with offspeed or at least try to get them out with offspeed, to give them fastballs to hit and do damage there is not the right call.</p><p>”Really, I felt like I threw the ball well. It’s just that the mistakes I made, they hammered them.”</p><p>In his first start of the season, Stripling was terrific, flashing a new changeup grip and allowing just one run on four hits in seven innings against the San Francisco Giants.</p><p>In four starts since then, however, he has allowed 20 runs (15 earned) on 24 hits, eight walks and a hit batter in 18 2/3 innings — a 7.23 ERA and 1.77 WHIP.</p><p>”Really at the end of the day, I feel like I’m throwing the ball well,” he said. “My velocity is up. If you are into analytics and all that stuff, my numbers are up. I’m throwing the ball maybe as good as I ever have. But the results aren’t necessarily on the mound. So it’s like how do we get those to transfer over to zeroes on the scoreboard?”</p><p>The Dodgers’ overstuffed starting rotation currently goes six deep with Tony Gonsolin sticking around for another turn Tuesday and Dustin May running to the front of the pack for this year’s National League Rookie of the Year award.</p><p>An off day Monday, Aug. 24 could bring changes. Alex Wood is also working back from a shoulder injury and could be ready to reclaim a spot in the rotation in another week or so.</p><p>”Certainly performance matters,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, unwilling to be drawn into a discussion of Stripling’s future in the rotation. “You still trust Ross — the work, the preparation, the ability with his pitch mix to continue to make pitches. It’s been a little bit of a rough few starts. But Ross is going to find his way out of it.”</p><p>The Dodgers were down 8-6 when Corey Seager led off the seventh inning with the family’s fifth hit of the night, a rocket off the glove of shortstop J.P. Crawford for a single. Another single and a walk loaded the bases for A.J. Pollock.</p><p>Pollock stroked an RBI single into left field and Max Muncy forced in the tying run with a bases-loaded walk. The go-ahead run scored on a double play then Kiké Hernandez cleared the bases with a two-run home run.</p><p>The five-run seventh gave the Dodgers 45 runs in the seventh inning or later this season to 12 for their opponents.</p><p>”We’re relentless. We’ve always been that way,” Corey Seager said. “We’ve never given at-bats away. We pass the baton, that next-man mentality. You can’t give them away even when it’s late. It’s almost more important to not give them away when it’s late. That’s a big thing we pride ourselves on and we’ve done that for a long time now.”</p><p></p>Read more about Seager brothers each hit home run but Dodgers win matchup with Mariners This post was shared via Orange County Register’s RSS Feed

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Small ball then long ball lift Dodgers to win over Padres

LOS ANGELES — This whole bunting thing is probably just a fad.

Tuesday night, the San Diego Padres used two bunts to set up their big inning in a win over the Dodgers (who misplayed both defensively). With the Dodgers waiting for their offense to awaken, they went retro, bunting twice to set up a two-run fifth inning in a 6-0 victory they put away late Wednesday night.

  • The Dodgers’ Justin Turner #10 is congratulated by Mookie Betts #50 and Cody Bellinger #35 after Turner hit a three run homer in the bottom of the eight inning during their game against the Padres at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Wednesday, August 12, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Dodgers’ Chris Taylor #3 bunts during their game against the padres at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Wednesday, August 12, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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  • Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen #74 smiles after striking out the final batter in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 6-0 win over the Padres during their game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Wednesday, August 12, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Padres first baseman Jake Cronenworth #9 dives for an errant throw as the Dodgers’ Mookie Betts #50 makes it safely to first base during their game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Wednesday, August 12, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Dodgers’ Edwin Rios #43 can’t break up the double play as the Padres’ Jurickson Profar #10 throws to first base in the bottom of the third inning during their game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Wednesday, August 12, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Dodgers’ Chris Taylor #3 goes airborne in an attempt to catch a foul ball during their game against the Padres at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Wednesday, August 12, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Dodger starting pitcher Tony Gonsolin #46 during their game against the Padres at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Wednesday, August 12, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Dodgers’ Edwin Rios #43 singles in the bottom of the third inning during their game against the Padres at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Wednesday, August 12, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Dodgers’ A.J. Pollock #11 score on a single by Edwin Rios #43 in the bottom of the fifth inning during their game against the Padres at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Wednesday, August 12, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Dodgers’ Justin Turner #10 slugs a three run homer in the bottom of the eight inning during their game against the Padres at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Wednesday, August 12, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Dodgers’ Justin Turner #10 rounds the bases as padres pitcher Craig Stammen #34 circles the mound after Turner hit a three run homer in the bottom of the eight inning during their game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Wednesday, August 12, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Dodgers’ Mookie Betts attempts to break up a double play sliding into second base as the Padres’ Fernando Tatis #23 throws to first during their game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Wednesday, August 12, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Dodgers’ Chris Taylor #3 scores in the bottom of the fifth inning during their game against the Padres at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Wednesday, August 12, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Padres’ Wil Myers #4 makes a running catch for the out on a Dodgers Joc Pederson #31 fly ball in the bottom of the fifth inning during their game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Wednesday, August 12, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Padres starting pitcher Zach Davies #17 during their game against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles Wednesday, August 12, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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“Sometimes when things aren’t going right or you’re hitting balls hard and not getting hits, you’ve got to find ways to manufacture runs whether that’s bunting or mixing in hit-and-runs, safety squeezes — whatever you need to do to manufacture and kind of build some momentum and build some confidence for the offense,” said Justin Turner whose three-run home run in the eighth inning put the game away.

“You get to see a number go up on the board, it’s good for the offense and helps kind of create momentum and build confidence.”

The offensive slump the Dodgers dragged into Wednesday’s game only got deeper as Padres right-hander Zach Davies held them scoreless on two hits through the first four innings. The Dodgers didn’t get a runner past first base in that time.

“I don’t like being in the other side of the dugout when he’s throwing everything at the knee and changing speeds and not getting barrels on the baseball,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “But for me, it’s fun to watch a guy like that pitch and execute a scouting report, work guys to different quadrants. It’s fun to watch. … That’s what he does and he’s exceptional at it.”

But A.J. Pollock drew a leadoff walk in the fifth and Chris Taylor bunted for a hit, dropping one down the third base line with Manny Machado playing deep.

Pollock scored when Edwin Rios hit a line drive back to the mound and Davies deflected it into right field.

That put runners at the corners for Austin Barnes. He dropped the second bunt of the inning. Taylor scored as first baseman Jake Cronenworth elected to throw to second base. It was a bad choice until Rios made a worse one — he beat the throw to second but didn’t slide. Rios was out when his foot came off the base and Fernando Tatis Jr. tagged him.

That represented the first “crooked number” the Dodgers had put on the scoreboard in an inning since Mookie Betts hit a three-run home run in the eighth against the San Francisco Giants on Sunday.

“That was a situational call that I made,” Roberts said of Barnes’ safety squeeze. “But the drag bunt by CT to get us going, that was on him. Edwin gets a hit then we get first and second — we’ve got action. That was good stuff.

“I love the homer as much as anybody, but to manufacture is also fun too.”

There was more fun to come once Davis exited the game. Two infield singles and a double by Cody Bellinger pushed across one run in the eighth inning. Then Turner put the game away with his drive over the wall in center field.

Tony Gonsolin has been working out at the Dodgers’ alternate training site at USC. It’s going to be hard to keep sending him back to school.

Gonsolin was recalled Wednesday to make a spot start, allowing the Dodgers to do what they have been doing for a few seasons now — use a six-man rotation without calling it a six-man rotation. They haven’t started a pitcher on fewer than five days’ rest this season and have kept to that format for over 70 percent of their regular-season games the past three years.

Gonsolin was impressive, pitching into the fifth inning while allowing just three hits and striking out a career-high eight.

“His splitty-changeup, whatever you want to call it, was just gross tonight,” Turner said. “I mean, I don’t know how many swings and misses he had with it, but it was unbelievable. He was able to throw it for a strike when he needed to and he was able to expand with it when he needed to expand with it. And obviously they weren’t seeing it well. Then you throw in the other three pitches that are all plus pitches as well.”

Late to summer camp after he tested positive for the coronavirus — a result he questions — Gonsolin has made two spot starts for the Dodgers and has yet to allow a run over 8 2/3 innings.

“There’s no way to prove it, but I’m pretty sure I got like a false-positive coronavirus test. I tested positive once, have not tested positive since then,” Gonsolin said.

“Obviously, in hindsight, it’s easy to look back and say if I did what I was doing in our summer camp and all that stuff (he would have made the Dodgers’ roster to start the season). That’s a bunch of speculation, all that stuff. But I was just trying to get here, trying to get as ready as quick as I can and stay as healthy as I can be. And then when I get an opportunity up here, take advantage.”

Gonsolin was followed by four relievers who kept the shutout intact — even after things got messy in the ninth. The Padres loaded the bases on two infield singles and a walk against Scott Alexander. But Kenley Jansen struck out pinch-hitter Edward Olivares and Austin Hedges then got Jurickson Profar to ground out to end the game.

The Dodgers’ bullpen has not been charged with a run in its past 18 innings and has a 1.00 ERA in 63 innings this season while holding opposing batters to a .185 average (48 for 260) with 84 strikeouts.

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Mookie Betts returns to Dodgers’ lineup, homers in win over Giants

LOS ANGELES – Mookie Betts was listed on the Dodgers’ lineup card Friday, like many days in the foreseeable future, and unlike the last four. Betts hadn’t batted since Sunday because of a swollen finger on his left hand. He returned to hit a double and a home run in a 7-2 win over the San Francisco Giants.

It was the kind of performance the Dodgers would like to expect from Betts. They traded a major league outfielder and two prospects to acquire him from the Boston Red Sox in February. They signed him to the largest contract in franchise history, $365 million over 12 years, in July. But he has only appeared in 13 games that count while wearing a Dodger uniform.

Betts appeared as a defensive replacement Tuesday and Wednesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks, his finger too tender to swing a bat.

  • The Giants’ Mike Yastrzemski #5 beats the tag by Dodgers catcher Will Smith #16 to score in the top of the third inning during their game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, August 7, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Dodgers’ Max Muncy #13 hits a home run in the bottom of fourth inning the during their game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, August 7, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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  • The Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez #14 throws to first base for a double play as the Giants’ Donovan Solano #7 slides into second base in the top of the third inning during their game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, August 7, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager can’t reach a ball hit for a single by San Francisco Giants’ Chadwick Tromp during the second inning of a baseball game Friday, Aug. 7, 2020, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • The Giants’ Darin Ruf #33 attempts to catch a Dodgers’ Max Muncy #13 two-run homer in the bottom of fourth inning the during their game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, August 7, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Giants’ Chadwick Tromp #14 beats the Dodgers’ Max Muncy #13 back to first base after Muncy caught a fly ball during their game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, August 7, 2020. The Dodgers defeated the Giants 7-2.(Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Dodgers’ Mookie Betts #50 homers to center in the bottom of the third inning during their game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, August 7, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Dodgers’ Max Muncy #13 points to the sky after hitting a home run in the bottom of fourth inning the during their game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, August 7, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Dodgers’ Mookie Betts #50 crosses home plate after hitting a home run to center in the bottom of the third inning during their game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, August 7, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Dodger striating pitcher Julio Urias #7 during their game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, August 7, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Cutout photos of dogs and cats in the stands during the Dodgers vs Giants game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, August 7, 2020. The Dodgers defeated the Giants 7-2.(Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Dodgers’ Corey Seager #5 leaves the game with a possible injury during their game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, August 7, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Dodgers’ Edwin Rios #43 hits a home run in the bottom of the eighth inning during their game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, August 7, 2020. The Dodgers defeated the Giants 7-2.(Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Dodgers Joc Pederson #31 reacts during their game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, August 7, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Dodgers’ Will Smith #16 hits a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth inning during their game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, August 7, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Giants’ Austin Slater #13 steals second base as the Dodgers’ Chris Taylor #3 goes up for the ball in the top of the first inning during their game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, August 7, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Dodgers’ Will Smith #16 heads for home after slugging a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth inning during their game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, August 7, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Giants’ Mike Yastrzemski #5 beats the tag by Dodgers catcher Will Smith #16 to score in the top of the third inning during their game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, August 7, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Dodgers’ Edwin Rios #43 hits a home run in the bottom of the eighth inning during their game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, August 7, 2020. The Dodgers defeated the Giants 7-2.(Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Dodgers’ Mookie Betts #50 hits a double to deep left in the bottom of the first inning during their game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, August 7, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Dodgers’ Mookie Betts #50 reacts after hitting a double to deep left in the bottom of the first inning during their game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, August 7, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts during their game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, August 7, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Giants starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija #29 during their game against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, August 7, 2020. (Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • The Dodgers Joc Pederson #31 slides for a Giants’ Chadwick Tromp #14 fly ball but can’t make the catch during their game at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, August 7, 2020. The Dodgers defeated the Giants 7-2.(Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

  • Dodger closer Jake McGee #41 during their game against the Giants at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Friday, August 7, 2020. The Dodgers defeated the Giants 7-2.(Photo by Hans Gutknecht, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

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“He woke up with confidence today feeling real good,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of Betts.

Betts’ return was the ultimate expression of two teams headed in opposite directions. The Dodgers (10-4) have won three consecutive games, wrapped around their first off-day of the season. The rebuilding Giants (6-9) have lost five of their last six.

Max Muncy, Will Smith and Edwin Rios also homered for the Dodgers. Giants starter Jeff Samardzija (0-2) allowed six runs (five earned) in four innings.

That was more than enough support for Dodgers starter Julio Urías. The left-hander allowed one run in four innings and exited with a 5-1 lead. He walked two batters, struck out two, and quite nearly escaped without a run on his ledger.

Three starts into the season, Urías has allowed only four runs. Friday, he lamented the Giants’ long at-bats, which ran his pitch count to 78 after four innings.

“He worked a little bit harder than he needed to,” Roberts said. “The Giants hitters battled, fouled pitches, foiled pitches. Julio battled. He was a little too fine for me, wasn’t pounding the strike zone and getting ahead as much as we’d like.”

The lone blemish Friday came in the third inning, when Mike Yastrzemski doubled with one out and tried to score on a line drive by Donovan Solano. Cody Bellinger angled in on the ball in left-center field and threw accurately to home plate. But Muncy cut off Bellinger’s throw near the pitcher’s mound, and his relay home was late – a call that was upheld after Roberts challenged.

Betts tied the game 1-1 with one swing in the bottom of the third inning. He pounced on a cut fastball from Samardzija that cut over the middle of the plate on 2-and-2. It was his third home run of the season, and temporarily extended his streak of at-bats with an extra-base hit to four.

The next batter, Bellinger, singled and scored on an RBI single by Justin Turner. Leading 2-1, the Dodgers would not trail again.

Muncy and Smith homered in the fourth inning, sandwiched around a single by Chris Taylor.

The Dodgers chased Samardzija in the fifth inning by loading the bases with no outs. Taylor grounded into a forceout against reliever Sam Selman, bringing home Bellinger with the Dodgers’ sixth run.

Rios was 0 for 3 with a pair of strikeouts before he tagged left-hander Wandy Peralta for a solo home run in the eighth inning. Rios hit four home runs last season as a rookie, when he appeared in 28 games. He’s up to three already this season; this was his first homer ever against a left-handed pitcher, and his first at Dodger Stadium.

Relievers Dylan Floro (1-0), Dennis Santana, Scott Alexander, Joe Kelly and Jake McGee combined to allow five hits and one run over the final five innings.

Even while Betts was out of action this week, Roberts said he was able to learn something about his new star. Betts was eager to serve as a defensive replacement in right field, a relatively mundane task for a former American League MVP. In San Diego, Betts watched every game from the dugout.

“He wasn’t in the clubhouse with his shower shoes on,” Roberts said.

Apparently that’s just off-day Mookie, a player the Dodgers will see on occasion for the next 12 years.

“I’m always going to be in the dugout,” Betts said. “There’s always a way to help. That’s my personality: Try to find a way to get into the mix, find a way to help the team win.”

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Rookie of the Year favorite Gavin Lux ‘ready to go’ after being late to Dodgers camp

LOS ANGELES — Gavin Lux has his own YouTube channel. But there are still some things he would like to keep private.

One of several Dodgers who were unavailable to participate in the first handful of Summer Camp workouts, the Dodgers rookie would not answer questions about the reasons for that delay, saying it was “private information.” Of those late arrivals, only closer Kenley Jansen has acknowledged he tested positive for COVID-19.

In Lux’s case, he returned to his home in Wisconsin after MLB shut down spring training in mid-March and then had to travel to Los Angeles and pass intake testing before being cleared to join the team.

“I think everyone has to go through their options of wearing a mask when you’re not on the field if you’re a player. Keep washing your hands, social distancing, making the right decisions — I think it’s pretty basic at this point what everyone’s got to do at this point to make this work. You’ve got to do what you’ve got to do,” Lux said of the health and safety protocols put in place this season.

“It’s just let’s play baseball. For me personally, you know, I don’t have any underlying health issues or anything like that. I live on my own, so there’s no risk for me giving it to somebody who’s at risk at home.”

While he was home waiting for baseball to get going again, Lux said he was able to work out with some Milwaukee Brewers who were in the area and other players from the Chicago area. His uncle, Augie Schmidt (the No. 2 overall pick in the 1982 draft and now a college coach), was there to throw batting practice.

“I was getting a lot of live at-bats all quarantine so I’m not worried about at-bats at all,” Lux said.

“I think I took a couple days off when we first canceled spring training just to travel and stuff. Then I was pretty much working out right away and getting everything baseball-wise I needed to do to feel like I was ready to get better. So yeah, I feel like I’m ready to go. I showed up ready to go.”

A year ago at this time, Lux was in the middle of a red-hot stretch that saw him tear up Triple-A pitching. He hit .435 in July (split between Double-A and Triple-A) with a 1.355 OPS and wound up making his big-league debut in September. Things didn’t go as well after that. He batted .240 in 23 games with the Dodgers (including just 1 for 12 against left-handed pitching) and went 2 for 9 in the National League Division Series loss to the Nationals.

“You just gotta be comfortable,” Lux said of what he learned from his big-league baptism. “For me, I think getting up here I just wasn’t as comfortable as I was maybe in the minor leagues. So for me it was just, let’s be as confident as possible and go out there, not have any doubts and let’s go play.

“I think that’s the biggest thing and not getting sped up in the batter’s box. … I think those two things are obviously very important as far as lessons I learned.”

At 22, he enters the abbreviated 2020 season as an early frontrunner to win the NL Rookie of the Year award.

“You know, I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t (a goal), but it’s not number one,” he said.

“I would rather win a World Series than win a rookie year. For me, that’s the main goal — trying to win games, and any statistic or accolades or anything that’s secondary.”

IN THIS TOGETHER

The Dodgers released a video on social media that featured nine players (including Clayton Kershaw, Cody Bellinger, Justin Turner, Lux and others) pledging their support of efforts to address “racism, inequality and justice.”

“Silence is no longer an option,” Kershaw says, ending with “we must unapologetically say Black lives matter.”

The players wore T-shirts with the motto “In This Together” for Thursday’s workout. Those shirts are available for purchase at Dodgers.com/Together with the proceeds going to the California Funders for Boys & Men of Color Southern California. The players have pledged to match the funds raised.

“I’m proud of them. I’m proud to be a part of this,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “I think Clayton and some other guys spearheaded this. They’ve been very intentional. They’ve been shaken. And so for them to not only talk the talk but walk the walk and lead by their actions it’s very commendable.”

In the midst of the protest movement sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minnesota, Kershaw released a statement (on Juneteenth) pledging his commitment to “affecting change — starting with myself.”

“I want to listen, I want to learn, I want to do better and be different,” Kershaw wrote at the time. “I want my kids to be different.”

According to the Dodgers, Kershaw, Joc Pederson, Ross Stripling and Turner participated in a “listening session” with community leaders earlier this week.

“It’s just accepting the responsibility for things we can change as a white guy,” Kershaw said at the start of camp. “A lot of things that have come to light in the past few weeks and months has been enlightening to me honestly — being naive about some of the things that have gone on with our Black community and things like that.

“I think it was important for me to take accountability for the things that I can do and take action for it. I’ve made some statements, I’ve done some things in the media. Now it’s time to work on the action part of that. That’s what myself and the Dodgers and my teammates are working on, to try to figure out the best way to bring those words to action.”

ROSTER MOVES

The Dodgers placed catcher Keibert Ruiz on the 10-day injured list. Ruiz is the only player on the 40-man roster who has not reported to camp. (David Price opted out of playing this season.) The Dodgers have given no reason for Ruiz’s absence.

In addition, outfielder Terrance Gore was in uniform for Thursday night’s intrasquad game. Earlier this week, Roberts said the team was considering adding Gore as a pinch-running threat with rosters expanded to 30 for the first two weeks of the regular season and 28 for the next two weeks.

ALSO

Roberts said Walker Buehler is scheduled to pitch two innings during Friday’s intrasquad game. Buehler has been behind the Dodgers’ other starting pitchers and this would be his first action in an intrasquad game.

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Scathing letter accompanies MLB counterproposal as impasse with players continues

Negotiations between MLB and the players’ union to start the 2020 season have heated up — but not in a good way.

Along with their counterproposal sent to the union Friday, MLB’s deputy commissioner and chief legal officer Dan Halem included a biting letter addressed to the union’s lead negotiator, Bruce Meyer. The letter (a copy of which was obtained by the Orange County Register) makes clear the ownership’s position regarding the March agreement between the two sides and shows disdain for the players’ stance — that they were guaranteed full pro-rated salaries for any games played should baseball resume this year.

The letter’s tone makes it seem more likely that any baseball played this season will only come after MLB commissioner Rob Manfred mandates an abbreviated regular season (around 50 games) and an expanded postseason (played on time in October) that would bring the TV revenue MLB craves.

“While we recognize that this essentially has been a negotiation with ourselves because the (Players) Association has offered little beyond what we already have the right to do under the March Agreement, we will make another attempt to reach an agreement that is a win-win for both sides,” Halem said in the letter before outlining the latest proposal — a 72-game regular season beginning around July 14 and ending September 27 with an expanded postseason.

That proposal has been characterized as dead on arrival by many players posting on social media.

“It expired as soon as they hit send,” Pirates pitcher Trevor Williams posted on Twitter, referring to MLB’s demand for a response this weekend.

In obvious reference to the counterproposal, Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen simply posted, “lol.” When asked to be more specific, he responded, “Laugh Out Loud.”

Players have made it clear they believe they are the ones negotiating “with ourselves.” Each of ownership’s three proposals have allotted roughly the same amount of money to salaries — 70 to 80 percent of pro-rated salary tied to only slightly increased numbers of games to be played.

The players’ union has remained steadfast in its interpretation of the March agreement — that it guarantees any pay for 2020 will be fully pro-rated based on the number of games to be played. Halem again asserted MLB’s belief that the agreement (which included a $170 million non-refundable salary advance to the players) gave it the right to negotiate player compensation based on economic realities — such as the loss of revenue from games staged without fans in attendance.

During negotiations in March, Halem said in the letter, ownership made it “crystal clear” that playing without fans in attendance “was not economically feasible.”

“We provided you with financial information showing the amount of revenue from gate/in-park (approximately 50% of local revenue),” Halem said Friday. “The Commissionerhimself said during the negotiations, according to our bargaining notes, ‘We’re not playing empty, it just doesn’t work for us.’ The Association acknowledged as much, which resulted in Section I of the March Agreement, providing the Office of the Commissioner with the unilateral right to resume the season only when (among otherconditions) there were no restrictions on regular fan access in all 30 Major League ballparks.

“And the Association, for giving up essentially nothing because players had no right under their contracts to be paid during the national emergency, received hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of benefits, including a full year of service for a shortenedseason … a full year of service if there was no season, and salary advances totaling $170 million (which were non-refundable if there was no season).”

Halem dismisses player suggestions that MLB has an “obligation to play as many games as possible.” That is “flatly contradicted” by the March agreement, he said in the letter, which places “no obligation” on teams “to play any games, let alone any particular number of games.”

“We negotiated that provision precisely to protect the Clubs from being leveraged into the economically infeasible alternative of playing in empty stadiums without a corresponding reduction in salaries,” Halem said.

According to Halem’s letter, “everyone involved in the (March) negotiations understood that if we could not resume play with regular fan access, the parties would have a subsequent negotiation over reductions to player compensation to account for the loss of billions of dollars of gate/in-park revenue.”

It is clear the two sides’ different interpretations of the March agreement “has been a stumbling block to negotiating a resolution” — something which has been apparent for weeks now. But Halem adds a further swipe at the union’s stance.

“You suggest in your letter that the Association’s 89-game proposal at full daily salaries ‘is made in the interests of settlement,’” he wrote. “However, the parties are not engaged in settlement discussions, and it is unclear what exactly you are trying to ‘settle.’”

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