Down 5-2 entering the ninth inning, Yasiel Puig homered against Phillies closer Hector Neris to open the frame, the culmination of an eight-pitch at-bat. Within three more pitches, the game was tied, thanks to Cody Bellinger and Justin Turner following with solo shots to wake up a dormant crowd.
It was the first time the Dodgers hit back-to-back-to-back home runs since Aug. 18, 2012, when Hanley Ramirez, James Loney and Luis Cruz turned the trick in the second inning against Ben Sheets of the Braves.
After those three home runs, the Dodgers got three singles, the last one a ground ball dribbler by Adrian Gonzalez off the glove of Maikel Franco at third base, allowing Austin Barnes to score the game-winner, absolutely shocking the Phillies with a four-run ninth.
“We hit some homers tonight,” manager Dave Roberts said after the game, per SportsNet LA, “Then you see the ball, a 22-hopper through the infield wins it for us. I didn’t know if it was going to get through, but it was just hit in the right place.”
The home run by Bellinger was his second of the game. He hit his first major league home run against Phillies starter Zach Eflin in the seventh inning, a high drive into the visitors bullpen in right field.
That was followed by a fun moment, with Bellinger aggressively trying to engage his teammates in the midst of them giving him the silent treatment, a standard response for a first home run:
Bellinger became just the third Dodger with a two-homer game within his first five major league games dating back to 1913, joining Charlie Gilbert (1940) and Puig (2013).
Bellinger wasn’t the only player to hit his first major league home run in Saturday’s game. Phillies catcher Andrew Knapp took Chris Hatcher deep in the eighth inning for the last run by the visitors.
The home run for Turner was as a pinch hitter, and his first of the season to go with his 10 doubles. It also extended his hitting streak to 15 games, tops in the majors this season.
The win gave the Dodgers a three-game winning streak for the first time this season.
Hyun-jin Ryu starts the series finale for the Dodgers at 1:10 p.m. PT. The Phillies will call up Nick Pivetta to make the start for Philadelphia.
Home runs: Andrew Toles (4), Cody Bellinger 2 (2), Yasiel Puig (5), Justin Turner (1); Brock Stassi (2), Andrew Knapp (1)
WP - Grant Dayton (1-0): 1 IP, 1 strikeout
LP - Hector Neris (0-1): ⅓ IP, 4 hits, 4 runs, 1 strikeout