LOS ANGELES — The Dodgers were two outs away from pulling off a victory in the ninth inning when Kenley Jansen surrendered his 8th homer of the season to tie the game. Luckily, the Bums were able to pull out the win anyways, with a walk-off home run by Max Muncy.
The walk-off came in the 10th inning against pitcher Tim Mayza to give the Dodgers a 2-1 victory.
Shadowed by Kenley Jansen’s blown save, Walker Buehler pitched seven scoreless innings against the Toronto Blue Jays. The right hander got off to a shaky start, allowing four of his five hits in the first three innings. After he gave up hit No. 4, he retired the next 10 batters.
It’s the fifth time Buehler has tossed at least seven innings in a scoreless outing this year and the 10th time he has at least eight strikeouts in a start. Sure the eight strikeouts are good, but that’s only half as many as his season-high.
Will Smith kicked off the scoring for the night. In his 100th plate appearance of the year, he broke the stalemate in the fourth inning with a solo home run in the fourth inning.
Stop and stare, @will_smith30. pic.twitter.com/RQAsDdXgQh— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 22, 2019
Chris Taylor immediately followed Smith’s homer with what could have been an inside-the-park home run. He hit a fly ball that landed right in between the right and center fielders, causing them to collide. Taylor ran for his life, causing the Dodger Stadium crowd to go nuts. He was tagged out at home, and after a manager’s challenge, the call was confirmed — no home plate collision and no run.
Taylor’s impressive effort was ruled as a triple with a tag out at home.
The Dodgers had a huge opportunity in the eighth inning to bring home a couple more runs, but ultimately it fell short. Toronto pitcher Ken Giles walked Max Muncy and Justin Turner to bring up Cody Bellinger to the plate with no outs. Bellinger lined out to second base and the fielder tagged second base for the second out.
Corey Seager then got the fans’ hopes up when he hit a base hit to make it two on with no outs, but Smith struck out to end the threat.
Joe Kelly proved to be the elite pitcher he is, with another scoreless inning on the mound. He only needed 10 pitches to get the job done.
WP: Pedro Báez (7-2), 1.0 IP, 0 H, 1 K
LP: Tim Mayza (1-3), 1⁄3 IP, 1 H, 1 HR
Home runs: Will Smith (12), Rowdy Tellez (15), Max Muncy (33)
The Dodgers look to complete the sweep on Thursday night against the Toronto Blue Jays. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. PT.
Correction: A previous version of this article stated the game ended in the 11th inning. The game concluded after 10 innings.