Trea Turner and the Los Angeles Dodgers broke open a tie game with a six-run eighth inning, then waited out the rain to take a 7-2 victory Tuesday night in their series opener against the Minnesota Twins.
Turner, who made an error earlier that led to Minnesota’s tying run, hit an RBI single that gave the Dodgers a 2-1 lead. Luis Arraez (Twins third baseman) was unable turn a potential double play because his line drive got under the glove.
Justin Turner came in second with another RBI double, while Will Smith added two runs to give Los Angeles 5-1.
Justin Turner scored on an error of Arraez. Gavin Lux added a run-scoring double.
The rain delay of 88 minutes caused play to be halted in the eighth inning. After that, both teams sat down with the Dodgers leading 7-1. With only a handful of fans present, play resumed at 11:31.
Left-hander Andrew Heaney made his Dodgers debut. After struggling with the Angels and Yankees in 2021 — he was 8-9 with a combined 5.83 ERA in 30 appearances — he signed with Los Angeles during the offseason.
The 30-year-old Heaney cruised through four innings, allowing two doubles — both to Carlos Correa. He ran into problems in the fifth. Max Kepler led off with a double and Heaney hit Miguel Sanó with a pitch. Heaney was eliminated by Turner’s error at shortstop when Kepler scored.
Daniel Hudson (1-0), pitched a scoreless 7th.
Chris Archer’s debut in a Twins uniform was brief but effective. In his first start of the season, Archer was a right-hander and he tossed four scoreless innings. Archer allowed a pair doubles and struckout three on 63 pitches.
Archer lost the leadoff double to Freddie Freeman, but he worked around it. Archer was able to get off the mound looking like Justin Turner and made his way to the dugout.
The Twins placed RHP Jorge Alcala, RHP, on the 10-day injured reserve with right elbow inflammation. They also recalled RHP Griffin Jax, Triple-A St. Paul. Alcala combined for 2 1/3 scoreless innings in two relief appearances in Minnesota’s first series against Seattle.
BASKETBALL ON THE BIG SCREEN
During the rain delay, the video screens at Target Field showed the Timberwolves-Clippers NBA game that was taking place next door at Target Center. After the Wolves defeated the Clippers in the playin game, the play resumed just minutes later.
LHP Clayton Kershaw is set to make his season debut for the Dodgers in Wednesday’s series finale. After being acquired from Padres last Wednesday, RHP Chris Paddack makes his Twins debut.