“We’re ready to pick up where we left off,” Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said upon returning from the All-Star break riding a four-game winning streak.
The Dodgers did just that, though it came up in dramatic fashion after blowing a five-run lead in the seventh inning, former MVP Mookie Betts coming up in a big way when the team needed him the most.
Betts hit a three-run home run to left field in the eighth, lifting the Dodgers to an emphatic 9-6 victory over the San Francisco Giants on Thursday night at Dodgers Stadium for their fifth straight victory.
“He just showed what a great all-around player he is,” Roberts said of Betts, who also stretched out for an incredible diving catch on Joc Pederson’s heater to the right field corner for the game’s final out.
“On my initial read, I knew I was going to catch it,” Betts said. “I don’t get too excited about them. This is my job, this is what I have to do.
Los Angeles improved to 61-30 and is currently atop the NL West, while San Francisco fell to 48-44 on the season with the loss.
Dodgers starting pitcher Mitch White threw five-plus scoreless innings and allowed just one hit in the sixth before being pulled.
“We won and that’s the most important thing,” Betts said. “That’s why it’s a team game. You have to pick each other up and we did that tonight.
After a solo home run by Freddie Freeman in the first, Trace Thompson connected on an RBI double in the second and the Dodgers tacked on three more runs in the third to take a commanding 5-0 lead on doubles by Justin Turner and Hanser Alberto.
However, the momentum quickly shifted in favor of the Giants after they scored six unanswered runs in the seventh and eighth innings.
Evan Longoria hit a solo homer against Phil Bickford in the seventh, and lefty Alex Vecia then took the mound for the Dodgers, where he struggled by himself, loading the bases after hitting a batter.
Darrin Roof judged the next pitch and sent a blast to left field for a grand slam to tie the game at 5-5 in dramatic fashion.
Evan Phillips was then called up for Los Angeles in the eighth and homered in a run that gave San Francisco a brief 6-5 lead.
The Dodgers stayed resilient and responded just as they have all season after Gavin Lux doubled with one out in the bottom of the eighth. Thompson then RBI tripled Dominic Leone, tying the game at 6-6 with two outs.
“We grind through every at-bat. Nobody really gives at-bats,” Betts said. “That’s why we’re so good.”
Cody Bellinger put runners on the corners after being approached by Giants Jarlin Garcia and Betts added the finishing touches with a three-run shot to left field that lifted the Dodgers to a thrilling 9-6 victory.
“The guy’s one of the best in the game,” Thompson said of his teammate in Betts. “He makes incredible jumps. Obviously, everyone knows how good a striker [and] he’s a versatile player, but as a defender, especially as someone who has experience in the field, he’s pretty amazing. I mean, he has every accolade you can think of.”
Betts ended the night by making a spectacular diving catch for the game’s final out.
“God, he did everything,” Roberts said of Betts. “He showed all his skills tonight, with the bat, with his feet, with his glove, obviously. Clutch moment with the big triple homer. That’s why he’s one of the best in the game.”
Tyler Anderson (10-1, 2.96) is set to make his first start for the Dodgers in the second night of a four-game series against the Giants on Friday at 7:10 p.m.
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