The red-hot Chris Taylor was at the center of things on offense as usual of late. He hit a double to drive in the final two runs of that fourth-inning rally, then doubled another run home in the sixth inning, widening the Dodgers’ advantage.
That sixth inning was bizarre, as it included an 18-minute delay because of an apparent botched double switch attempt by Twins manager Paul Molitor, a lineup card snafu that ultimately meant left fielder Eddie Rosario had to leave earlier than expected.
An RBI single by Logan Forsythe came after the delay, followed by Taylor’s second double of the night. He’s hitting .447 (34-for-76) in July, with four games left in the month. The only Dodger since at least 1913 to hit .450 in July was Pedro Guerrero, who hit .460 in 1985.
No stranger to multi-hit games himself, Yasiel Puig had three hits on Tuesday and has five hits in the series.
Kenta Maeda was slower than molasses on the mound, but his deliberate nature was effective enough, allowing just two runs in five innings, striking out four.
A walk and two singles gave the Twins the first run of the game, with Zach Granite singling home the tally. But after a two-out walk to load the bases, Maeda got Eduardo Escobar to ground out to finish the threat.
Only one of Maeda’s runs allowed were earned, giving him three consecutive starts with one earned run allowed in five innings. Since the beginning of June -- seven starts and two relief appearances -- Maeda has a 2.72 ERA in 39⅔ innings.
Josh Ravin, just recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday, pitched the final three innings in scoreless fashion, earning his first major league save. He is the fifth different Dodgers pitcher with a save of at least three innings in 2017.
The Dodgers go for the sweep of the Twins on Wednesday night, another 7:10 p.m. PT start. Los Angeles shuffle its rotation a bit by adding a new card to the deck.
Brock Stewart starts tomorrow. Will stay in turn— Alanna Rizzo (@alannarizzo) July 25, 2017
Roberts expects Stewart to throw 50-60 pitches.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) July 25, 2017
Ervin Santana is scheduled to start for Minnesota.
Home runs: none
WP - Kenta Maeda (9-4): 5 IP, 5 hits, 2 runs (1 earned), 2 walks, 4 strikeouts
LP - Jose Berrios (9-4): 4 IP, 7 hits, 4 runs, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts
Sv - Josh Ravin (1): 3 IP, 1 walk, 1 strikeout