The Reds took out a weekend’s worth of frustration on the Dodgers, hitting four home runs, but it wasn’t enough. The Dodgers hit four home runs of their own, including a Corey Seager grand slam as part of a six-run eighth in a 9-7 win at Dodger Stadium.
The amazing comeback completed the Dodgers’ sweep, giving them four consecutive wins, and nine straight home wins against the Reds dating back to 2015.
Down by four runs entering the eighth, Cody Bellinger homered, then the Dodgers rallied against a wild Raisel Iglesias. The two key plate appearances were a 13-pitch walk by Kike Hernandez that included eight foul balls, and a walk by Chase Utley to force in a run.
Utley’s walk made the game 7-5, bringing up Seager with the bases loaded. He quickly unloaded them with the Dodgers’ fourth home run of the day.
Hyun-jin Ryu’s day was a relatively short one, thanks to allowing three home runs. Two of those came in the second inning, when Adam Duvall and Scott Schebler homered as part of four consecutive hits to open the inning. The three-run inning also marked the first time in Ryu’s career that he allowed two home runs in the same inning.
The Dodgers kept things close for a while, thanks to a two-run no-doubter Bellinger and a solo shot by Utley. The Dodgers have five multi-homer games this season, and Bellinger has three of them.
Joey Votto hit a solo shot in the third against Ryu, who lasted just four innings.
Ross Stripling was not immune to the home run ball. He allowed three runs in the sixth inning, including a two-run shot by catcher Devin Mesoraco, who homered for a second straight day.
The eight home runs by both teams set a new Dodger Stadium high this year. The Dodgers (5) and Phillies (2) combined for seven home runs on Apr. 29, and the Dodgers (4) and Cubs (3) did the same on May 28, both Dodgers wins.
The four home runs allowed by the Dodgers matched a season worst. They also gave up four dingers on Apr. 22 in a loss in Arizona.
The Dodgers are off Monday, when they will travel to Cleveland. They are the last team in baseball yet to play an interleague game in 2017, but will remedy that with three games against the Indians. The opener features Clayton Kershaw against Trevor Bauer in a 4:10 p.m. PT start.
Home runs: Cody Bellinger 2 (15), Chase Utley (3), Corey Seager (9); Adam Duvall (15), Scott Schebler (18), Joey Votto (18), Devin Mesoraco (5)
WP - Luis Avilan (1-1): 1 IP, 1 hits, 1 walk
LP - Raisel Iglesias (2-1): ⅔ IP, 1 hit, 4 runs, 3 walks, 2 strikeouts
Sv - Kenley Jansen (11): 1 IP, 1 strikeout