Edwin Ríos and Mookie Betts hit back-to-back homers in the second inning, Trea Turner added a solo shot in the sixth and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4 on Friday night.
It was the Dodgers’ second series win. The team had 24 hits, a record for the season, in a 14-1 win. Although the game was not as close, Los Angeles remained in control for most part of the night.
Batting ninth in the stacked Dodgers’ lineup, Ríos pulled a fastball from Madison Bumgarner over the right-field wall for a three-run homer and a 3-0 lead. He had hit six home runs this season.
Betts was next with a no-doubter left that brought the advantage up to 4-0
Bumgarner (2-3), was clearly not at his best. The lefty struggled with command for much of the night — even throwing a pitch behind Justin Turner — and gave up five runs over six innings.
The Dodgers have won 11 out of 13 games, and they lead the National League with an impressive 31-14 record.
Ryan Pepiot from Los Angeles gave up one run in just 4 1/3 innings. This was his third appearance in the big leagues. The right-hander was scoreless for four innings before getting into trouble in the fifth. With one out on the Diamondbacks, the Diamondbacks loaded the bases. However, reliever Brusdar Graterol (1-2), got out of the jam and allowed just one run to score via a sacrifice fly.
In the ninth, Craig Kimbrel was called to the plate by the D-backs. However, they couldn’t complete the job. Josh Rojas scored an RBI double, Christian Walker added another run with a run-scoring groundout that pulled within 6-4. But Kimbrel won the game by getting David Peralta on a groundout.
Betts’ thirteenth homer this season was his most impressive run. Betts has now hit safely in 28 out 33 games since April 19, and he entered Friday’s game batting.341 and with 27 RBIs, and 41 runs over that stretch.
ODDS AND EXTENSIONS
Dodgers: Dave Roberts, the manager of the Dodgers, was absent at Saturday’s match. He was returning to California for the graduation of his daughter and will be back Saturday. The team was managed by Bob Geren, bench coach. RHP Phil Bickford was optioned up to Triple-A in order to make space for Pepiot.
Diamondbacks: Call up LHP Tyler Holton of Triple-A Reno. Also optioned RHP Luis Frias from Triple-A to Triple-A. JaVale Mcgee, the backup center of the NBA’s Phoenix Suns took batting practice. He also swagged fly balls in his outfield. He also threw out his first pitch. McGee was in promotion of his 6th Annual Juglife Fond Water For Life Charity softball game. Daulton Varsho, the leadoff hitter, left the game with right shoulder pain. In the first inning, a pitch hit him on the shoulder.
Both teams will meet again Saturday evening. RHP Merrill Kelley (3-2, 3.49 ERA) will be starting for the D-backs. RHP Tony Gonsolin (4-0; 1.62) will be the Dodgers’ counter.