Mookie Betts hit two home runs on a night when he was originally supposed off. The Los Angeles Dodgers beat Washington Nationals 9-4 on Tuesday night.
Betts hit a trio-run homer off Josiah Gray (ex-Dodgers prospect) and took a solo shot at Victor Arano. This was Betts’ 21st career game with multiple-homers and second of the season.
Trea Turner, Chris Taylor, and Trea Turner both homered for Los Angeles. Los Angeles has won nine of the ten previous games. Los Angeles holds the National League’s best record at 29-13.
Washington has dropped seven of its nine last nine home games, and is now a major-league worst five-17.
Walker Buehler, a Dodgers pitcher (6-1) allowed three earned runs in six innings and retired 15 of the 17 batters that he faced. He gave up six hits and struck three out.
It was the first time Gray (4-4) faced the Dodgers since he was dealt to the Nationals at last year’s trade deadline in the deal that sent Turner and Max Scherzer to Los Angeles. For the right-hander, aged 24, things turned quickly.
Turner struck out three batters in the game with a two-run homer. Betts then hit a three run shot in the left field front row to make it 5-3. Taylor scored a second run in the third.
Gray gave up seven runs in three innings, and is tied with Cincinnati’s Hunter Greene for the NL lead in homers allowed with 12.
Betts’ solo shot, his 12th homer of the season, to greet Arano in the fourth extended the lead to 8-3.
Former AL MVP scored a run in the 12th consecutive game. This tied Rafael Furcal (in 10) for the longest such streak ever since the Dodgers moved from Los Angeles to Los Angeles. Zack Wheat broke the franchise record in 1925 with a 13-game streak.
Betts was to have a routine off-day Tuesday. However, manager Dave Roberts reported that Clay Bellinger, the outfielder, had woken up feeling ill, which led to some lineup juggling. Now, Betts is set to sit in Wednesday’s series finale — assuming there isn’t another change of plans.
Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg allowed Class A Fredericksburg three runs in 2 1/3 innings. This was his first rehabilitation appearance following thoracic outlet surgery last January. He struck out three and walked four. … INF Ehire Adrianza (quad strain) was 3 for 3 with a walk and a run scored as he started a rehab assignment at Double-A Harrisburg. … OF Victor Robles did not start a day after departing with a calf cramp.
Dodgers: LHP Julio Urías (3-3, 2.63 ERA) is 2-0 with a 2.66 ERA in five lifetime appearances against Washington.
Nationals: RHP Erick Fende (2-3, 4.08) makes his debut career against the Dodgers to conclude the three-game series.