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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Rare rough start for Dylan Bundy sends Angels to another loss

ANAHEIM — Dylan Bundy’s breakout season hit a speed bump.

Bundy, the most pleasant surprise on the Angels roster in this forgettable season, tossed a clunker in a 9-6 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday night.

  • Justin Upton #10 of the Los Angeles Angels is welcomed into the dugout after hitting a home rung against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the seventh inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 16, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)

  • Jo Adell #59 of the Los Angeles Angels catches a fly ball in right field hit by Daulton Varsho #12 of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the sixth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 16, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)

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  • Max Stassi #33 of the Los Angeles Angels watches as David Peralta #6 of the Arizona Diamondbacks hits a home run in the seventh inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 16, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)

  • Dylan Bundy #37 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches in the first innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 16, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)

  • Josh Rojas #10 of the Arizona Diamondbacks stands on the warning track while Los Angeles Angels players in the bullpen try to catch a home run ball hit by Justin Upton #10 of the Los Angeles Angels in the sixth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 16, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)

  • Arizona Diamondbacks relief pitcher Stefan Crichton throws during the ninth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout reacts after flying out to Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Kole Calhoun during the fifth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Justin Upton, right, celebrates his two-run home run with Anthony Rendon, left, and Taylor Ward during the fifth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels breaks his bat on a pitch by Taylor Clarke #45 of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fourth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 16, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)

  • Justin Upton #10 of the Los Angeles Angels congratulates Max Stassi #33 on his home run in the second inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 16, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Jared Walsh, right, avoids a tag by Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed, advancing on a passed ball during the fifth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

  • Jared Walsh #25 of the Los Angeles Angels rounds third base after hitting a home run in the fifth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 16, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)

  • Caleb Smith #31 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 16, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)

  • Stephen Vogt #21 of the Arizona Diamondbacks stands buy as Justin Upton #10 of the Los Angeles Angels congratulates Max Stassi #33 on his home run in the second inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 16, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)

  • Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels breaks his bat on a pitch by Taylor Clarke #45 of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fourth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 16, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)

  • Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels sits in the dug out in the first inning of a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 16, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)

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Bundy brought a 2.48 ERA into the game, having allowed more than two earned runs in just two starts, and only once allowing as many as four.

But he gave up that many in the second inning alone on Wednesday, failing to retire any of the first six hitters of the inning.

“It was just getting behind in the count and having to throw a non-competitive off-seed pitch or a fastball not located very well, and I got singled to death,” Bundy said.

Bundy was charged with two more runs after he left in the third inning, ending his worst start of the season.

It put the Angels in a hole they could not escape, as they lost for the second straight night to the last-place Diamondbacks. The Angels missed a chance to pick up ground on the Houston Astros, remaining 4 1/2 games back with just 10 games to go.

“It’s frustrating for everybody,” Manager Joe Maddon said. “The guys are engaged. It is frustrating but we gotta keep pounding on the door. Of course the opportunity is slipping quickly, but we gotta keep rolling. Our guys have been engaged. They are working. It just hasn’t played. We have to put ourselves in better position at the beginning of the game to grab a lead and hold on to it.”

The Angels had hoped that sending their best starter to the mound would be the ticket to a victory, but it didn’t work out.

Bundy pitched a perfect first, but in the second he gave up four singles and two walks to the first six hitters. Two more runs got tacked on to his line when reliever Hoby Milner issued a walk and gave up an infield single.

The Angels hung around in the game thanks to a few homers.

Max Stassi hit a two-run shot to cut the lead in half after Bundy gave up four.

Sizzling Jared Walsh then hit a solo homer in the fifth, his sixth homer in his last seven games. Walsh also had a single, his sixth straight multi-hit game. He is the first Angels player to have multiple hits in six straight games since Erick Aybar in 2014.

“He’s got electric hands,” Maddon said. “This is a moment for him to ascend and he’s taking advantage of it. I don’t think it’s a fluke. I think it’s how he’s capable of hitting.”

Justin Upton cut the deficit to 6-4 with a homer in the sixth. Upton also continues to climb out of his month-long slump. Upton is hitting .345 with five homers in his last 16 games.

Just when the Angels got back within striking distance, Patrick Sandoval gave up a two-run homer to Kole Calhoun and a solo blast to David Peralta in the seventh.

It was Sandoval’s first appearance since being recalled from Long Beach. Before the homers, he had pitched three scoreless innings.

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Fired clubhouse worker files suit against Angels

Brian Harkins, the longtime Angels employee who was fired in March because he provided a substance to pitchers to doctor baseballs, has filed a complaint against the Angels and Major League Baseball, according to documents reviewed by the Southern California News Group.

The complaint was filed on Aug. 28 in Orange County Superior Court, was first reported by ESPN. The complaint claims that Harkins was made to be a scapegoat by the Angels and MLB.

The complain alleges defamation and false light against the Angels and MLB, because of the public allegations that Harkins provided an illegal substance, and that he did so to the detriment of the Angels. The complaint also alleges labor violations against the Angels for his dismissal.

The Angels and MLB declined to comment when reached by ESPN.

The case has been scheduled to go before a jury on May 31, 2022, although obviously it could be settled or dismissed before then.

The complaint says that Harkins, better known as Bubba, never distributed an illegal substance to anyone, and was unfamiliar where the name “Go Go Juice,” which described the concoction, had originated. The complaint also says it was common knowledge around the Angels clubhouse that a mixture of rosin, pine tar and “Mota stick (hard pine tar)” could be useful to help pitchers grip the baseball, and it was used by Angels pitchers as well as visitors.

“Bubba Harkins was not a traitor to his team,” the complaint reads. “Many people within the Angels organization knew about the Sticky Stuff of rosin and pine tar Bubba used to make for pitchers. Year after year a hair-creme-sized jar containing the Sticky Stuff was included in the Angels bullpen bag, along with sunscreen and other sticky substances. Many Angels pitchers used it over the years. Many  Angels coaches have encouraged its use by pitchers over the years. Many Angels position players have encouraged its use by pitchers over the years. Why? It gives the pitcher better control of the pitch, and consequently, makes the game safer.”

The complaint details how Harkins came to create his particular mix of materials with the help of a former All-Star Angels pitcher who went to the Detroit Tigers in 2005. That description fits longtime Angels closer Troy Percival.

Harkins was fired on Mar. 3, 2020, after Major League Baseball circulated a memo describing a crackdown on the use of substances on the baseball. Harkins never received a copy of the memo, according to the complaint.

On Mar. 20, Harkins delivered a letter to Angels president John Carpino explaining the situation and requesting he be reinstated, but Harkins received no response, according to the complaint.

Harkins was interviewed by Major League Baseball on Mar. 26 and he was asked which pitchers had used the substances, according to the complaint. There has been no subsequent discipline against anyone else, the complaint says.

Harkins, better known as Bubba, had spent nearly 40 years working for the Angels, including the past 30 as the visiting clubhouse manager.

Pitchers and hitters alike have often said that it’s common for pitchers to use pine tar or other materials to help them get a grip on the ball, even though it’s against the rules.

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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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Anthony Rendon’s homer leads Angels to comeback and doubleheader sweep

ANAHEIM — It’s certainly too late for this year, but the Angels may be figuring out how to win.

Anthony Rendon’s three-run homer in the seventh and final inning gave the Angels the lead on their way to a 7-6 victory over the Houston Astros and a sweep of the doubleheader.

In the first game, the Angels blew a lead in the top of the seventh and then overcame a two-run deficit in the bottom of the inning to rally for a 10-9 victory.

After that game, Manager Joe Maddon said these kind of victories are an important stepping stone for the Angels to get back to contention.

“Once you get the mindset then we’re gonna win this thing somehow as opposed to lose it somehow, then you can get a lot of positive things,” Maddon said.

The Angels have now won four games in a row after the doubleheader, which was scheduled because the Angels and Astros had a game postponed last month in Houston as Hurricane Laura approached.

The Astros were the home team for the second game, so the Angels didn’t get the chance for a second straight walk-off victory.

Rendon, and seemingly a few of the Astros, believed the game was over when he hit his homer.

“Without a doubt,” Rendon said. “As I was rounding the bases I thought, ‘Wait, it’s not over yet.”

Trailing 4-0 after two innings, the Angels tied the game with a pair of runs in the fourth and fifth innings. Albert Pujols drove in three of them.

George Springer then blasted his second homer of the game — despite Jo Adell nearly robbing Springer of a homer for the second time in the day — to put the Astros up 6-4 in the fifth.

In the seventh, Justin Upton lined a one-out single against Humberto Castellanos. Mike Trout followed with a walk, the 12th time in 14 plate appearances in the series that he had reached.

Rendon then yanked a three-run homer down the line, putting the Angels on top.

Under normal circumstances, it would have been a walk off, but this time the Angels still had to finish the bottom of the seventh. They had been unable to close out victories when three outs away in each of the first two games, blowing the leads before coming back to win.

This time, Ty Buttrey — who gave up three runs on Friday night — got the save.

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Angels need 11 innings, but win on night Mike Trout equals Tim Salmon for team’s homer record

ANAHEIM — This wasn’t the way the Angels wanted to win on a night that should have been about celebrating Mike Trout for equaling the franchise homer record, but they aren’t in position to apologize for any victories in this forgettable season.

Ty Buttrey and Matt Andriese and combined to blow a three-run lead in the ninth inning, before the Angels came back to beat the Houston Astros 6-5 in 11 innings.

The Angels won for just the second time in seven extra-inning games. Andriese stranded the automatic runner in the 10th and 11th.

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout celebrates his two-run home run with coaches as he returns to the dugout during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Houston Astros, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Houston Astros’ Kyle Tucker watches his RBI double that tied the score during the ninth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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  • Los Angeles Angels left fielder Taylor Ward runs down a ball hit by Houston Astros’ Yuli Gurriel, making the catch for the out during the ninth inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels singles during the sixth inning of a game against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 04, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • Houston Astros’ George Springer watches as a ball hit by Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout clears the wall for a two-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout runs the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Houston Astros, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Andrelton Simmons #2 congratulates Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels after his two-run homerun during the first inning of a game against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 04, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, left, of Japan, safely slides back to second base as Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa applies a late tag during the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Houston Astros’ Kyle Tucker, left, reaches second base with a double ahead of the tag by Los Angeles Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Anthony Rendon #6 scores on a sacrifice fly by Taylor Ward #3 of the Los Angeles Angels as Martin Maldonado #15 of the Houston Astros awaits the throw during the first inning of a game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 04, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, right, and Andrelton Simmons round the bases after a two-run home run by Trout during the first inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Dylan Bundy throws against the Houston Astros during the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Houston Astros’ Carlos Correa hits an RBI-double during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Houston Astros’ Yuli Gurriel, left, is greeted by Aledmys Diaz after scoring on a double hit by Carlos Correa during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels rounds second base after hitting a two-run home run during the first inning of a game against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on September 04, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

  • Houston Astros catcher Martin Maldonado points toward first base during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, watches after hitting a fly ball during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Houston Astros, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

  • Houston Astros relief pitcher Luis Garcia throws to a Los Angeles Angels batter during the first inning of a baseball game, Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

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Trout struck out to strand the winning the run in the 10th, the first out he’d made all night. In the 11th he started at second and scored on Shohei Ohtani’s one-out single, his first career walk-off hit.

The Angels avoided what certainly would have been an agonizing loss on a night that Trout hit his 299th homer, equaling Tim Salmon atop the Angels all-time leaderboard.

Trout’s first-inning two-run homer against Lance McCullers Jr. sailed over the center field fence, pulling Trout even with Salmon in his 1,234th game. Salmon played 1,672 games with the Angels.

“Tim’s a great person,” Trout said on Thursday. “I got to know him over the years. It’s pretty cool. We’re always linked together because of our last names. Looking back on his career, what an unbelievable career. Just the way he represented the the Angels organization with such class. I hear nothing but great things about him. Every chance I get to talk to him when he’s around the ballpark, I take advantage of it.”

The moment was special for Joe Maddon, who often tells the story about how he helped sign Salmon when he was an Angels scout.

“This is just the beginning for Mike,” Maddon said. “I’m very happy for both these guys. It’s pretty cool, right?”

Trout’s homer, which gave him the major-league lead with 14 until the Padres’ Fernando Tatis Jr. tied him later in the night, was part of a three-run first inning. Jared Walsh homered to make it 4-0 in the third.

After that, though, the game was a story of players overcoming adversity, which Maddon enjoyed thoroughly.

First was Dylan Bundy, who was in trouble in the fourth inning. He had allowed two runs, cutting the lead in half, and the bullpen was in action. Cameras showed Bundy visibly upset at the action in the bullpen, and he didn’t hide his displeasure later.

“It motivates you when you see the bullpen up in the fourth inning as a starter and you’re not happy,” Bundy said. “It fires you up. And who knows, maybe I needed it.”

Maddon later said with a smile: “He got better.”

Sure enough, Bundy escaped the fourth with two strikeouts, and then he worked three more innings in dominating fashion, including three straight strikeouts to end the seventh.

The bullpen then inherited a three-run lead. They nearly blew it in the eighth, with Mike Mayers loading the bases before Luke Bard escaped, with the 5-2 lead intact.

In the ninth, Buttrey got the ball and he gave up ringing base hits to three of the four batters he faced. Buttrey allowed the Astros to get within 5-4 before he was pulled with two outs to go.

Andriese then entered. He retired Yuli Gurriel on a fly ball to shallow left — a nice catch by Taylor Ward — but then he gave up a game-tying double to Kyle Tucker.

Andriese struck out Carlos Correa to preserve the tie, though, and he would pick up six more outs after that, all with the go-ahead run in scoring position.

“Andriese, you cannot give him enough praise for what he did tonight,” Maddon said. “Just one mistake to Tucker. … He did not cave. I’ve been around a lot of guys that once that gate opens, they lose a little bit. He got two more innings for us right there, against a lineup that was really into that ballgame. It was awesome. Andriese did a helluva job and it needs to be recognized.”

Andriese kept the game tied long enough for Ohtani to get a crack. He had struggled all year, especially against lefties, but with one out in the 11th, he lined a single into right field against lefty Brooks Raley, ending the game.

“I love it,” Maddon said. “I love when we get a bunch of guys like that, that are not going to be denied and that’s really what it comes down to. There’s no big secret. They came back. They’re a championship-caliber team. They came back. And once you’ve attained that, earned that heart in your chest, you play that way in the latter parts of games. That’s what we need to do.”

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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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Andrew Heaney and slumping hitters combine to lead Angels to victory

ANAHEIM — On a night that the Angels officially began working toward the future, they got the type of pitching performance they’d been waiting for throughout their monthlong collapse.

Andrew Heaney gave up one run in 7 2/3 innings of the Angels’ 3-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night, just hours after they’d traded Tommy La Stella to Oakland.

  • Shohei Ohtani #42 of the Los Angeles Angels steals second base while Shed Long #42 of the Seattle Mariners drops the ball in the sixth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 28, 2020 in Anaheim, California. All players are wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. The day honoring Jackie Robinson, traditionally held on April 15, was rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)

  • Albert Pujols #42 of the Los Angeles Angels drives in a run in the sixth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 28, 2020 in Anaheim, California. All players are wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. The day honoring Jackie Robinson, traditionally held on April 15, was rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)

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  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney throws to the plate against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

  • Shohei Ohtani #42 of the Los Angeles Angels crosses the plate after being driven in by Albert Pujols #42 in the sixth inning as Austin Nola #42 of the Seattle Mariners looks on at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 28, 2020 in Anaheim, California. All players are wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. The day honoring Jackie Robinson, traditionally held on April 15, was rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)

  • Players from the Los Angeles Angels and Seattle Mariners, all wearing number 42, to honor Jackie Robinson Day, during the national anthem prior to a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

  • Players from the Los Angeles Angels and the Seattle Mariners, all wearing No. 42 for Jackie Robinson Day, stand during the national anthem prior to a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

  • Seattle Mariners second baseman Shed Long Jr., center, relays a throw over Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, bottom, to get Angels’ Anthony Rendon at first, for a double play, with Mariners shortstop J.P. Crawford watching during the third inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

  • Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani strikes out swinging against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

  • Shohei Ohtani #42 of the Los Angeles Angels waves to Albert Pujols #42 who drove him in on a double in the sixth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 28, 2020 in Anaheim, California. All players are wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. The day honoring Jackie Robinson, traditionally held on April 15, was rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)

  • Shohei Ohtani #42 of the Los Angeles Angels steals second base while Shed Long #42 of the Seattle Mariners drops the ball in the sixth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 28, 2020 in Anaheim, California. All players are wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. The day honoring Jackie Robinson, traditionally held on April 15, was rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)

  • Shed Long Jr. #42 of the Seattle Mariners tags out Justin Upton #24 of the Los Angeles Angels who tried to steal in the fourth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 28, 2020 in Anaheim, California. All players are wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. The day honoring Jackie Robinson, traditionally held on April 15, was rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)

  • Shed Long Jr. #42 of the Seattle Mariners tags out Justin Upton #24 of the Los Angeles Angels who tried to steal in the fourth inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 28, 2020 in Anaheim, California. All players are wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. The day honoring Jackie Robinson, traditionally held on April 15, was rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)

  • Seattle Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager, right, throws out Los Angeles Angels’ David Fletcher on a groundout, with shortstop J.P. Crawford, left, watching during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

  • Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney throws to the plate against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

  • Seattle Mariners players, all wearing number 42, to honor Jackie Robinson Day, walk out onto the field prior to a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

  • J.P. Crawford #42 of the Seattle Mariners is congratulated by Kyle Seager #42 after he was driven in by Sam Haggerty #42 in the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 28, 2020 in Anaheim, California. All players are wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. The day honoring Jackie Robinson, traditionally held on April 15, was rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)

  • Shohei Ohtani #42 of the Los Angeles Angels reacts to a strike called in the first inning against the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 28, 2020 in Anaheim, California. All players are wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. The day honoring Jackie Robinson, traditionally held on April 15, was rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)

  • Players from the Los Angeles Angels and the Seattle Mariners, all wearing No. 42 for Jackie Robinson Day, stand during the national anthem prior to a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

  • Andrew Heaney #42 of the Los Angeles Angels pitches against the Seattle Mariners in the first inning at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 28, 2020 in Anaheim, California. All players are wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. The day honoring Jackie Robinson, traditionally held on April 15, was rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)

  • Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Angels players meet before the National Anthem at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 28, 2020 in Anaheim, California. All players are wearing #42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. The day honoring Jackie Robinson, traditionally held on April 15, was rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)

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La Stella, who is set to be a free agent at the end of the year, is exactly the type of player who gets traded away when his team is out of contention, as the Angels are after losing 22 of their first 32 games.

“It’s sad because it puts into perspective the kind of season we’re having,” Heaney said. “With a little bit of introspection, you’re trying to look at it like, ‘If I’d have pitched better, maybe my teammate would still be here.’”

The Angels’ biggest problem had pitching, but also poor performances from some of their key offensive players.

Three of them — Justin Upton, Shohei Ohtani and Albert Pujols — collaborated on the go-ahead rally in the sixth inning.

And Mike Trout, who had been in an uncharacteristic slump for a couple weeks, added an insurance in the eighth with a homer, his first since Aug. 17.

In the sixth, Ohtani, who had doubled earlier in the game, drew a walk to lead off the inning. Two outs later, Pujols drove him in with a double, tying the game.

Upton followed with a single into left, his third hit of the game, to drive in Pujols.

Upton’s three hits, including a double, represented one more hit than he had in his previous 45 at-bats.

“Last time I talked to y’all I didn’t get a hit for a month,” Upton quipped at the start of a Zoom conference with the media, before adding that he’s “just getting back to basics in the cage and working as much as I can.”

After Upton’s hit gave the Angels the lead, Heaney returned to the mound and managed a perfect shutdown inning, retiring the Mariners in order on seven pitches.

Heaney ended up retiring the first two in the eighth, finishing his best game of the season. He gave up just four hits, with two walks and 10 strikeouts.

The key may have been something Heaney discovered in his previous outing, a week ago in Oakland. In that game he gave up three runs in the first before making an adjustment and pitching much better.

It seems he began throwing more fastballs after that first inning, and he continued the trend on Friday night.

This time Heaney started out throwing a heavy dosage of fastballs the first time through the order, but then he mixed in more of his other pitches the second and third times through.

“I know this is the era of the breaking ball in regards to usage, but he’s different,” Manager Joe Maddon said. “He’s got a different kind of delivery and the way the ball reacts in the zone. And actually I think when he goes to too many breaking balls, he is giving the other team more opportunity, so I love the attack mode tonight. In my mind’s eye, that’s what he can look like and how good he can be.”

Heaney stuck around for the first two outs of the eighth before giving way to closer Ty Buttrey, who went through the heart of the Mariners’ order to pick up a four-out save.

Buttrey gave up a run in the ninth, but he avoided more trouble when right fielder Jo Adell relayed to shortstop Andrelton Simmons to throw out Jose Marmolejos at third for the second out.

“That’s a big league play, brother,” Maddon said. “If we don’t make that play, there’s a chance of it being an entirely different ballgame, and that’s an understatement.”

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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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