With a two-run lead, Kenley Jansen entered the ninth looking to complete his 299th career save. He retired the first hitter he faced, but would allow the next three to reach base, before a sacrifice fly would tie the game at six. A single by Tommy Pham and a walk to Matt Duffy put two on with one out. After what looked like strike three was called a ball to Ji-Man Choi, the next pitch was put in play for a single, bringing Tampa to within one. Former Dodger Travis d’Arnaud tied the game with a sacrifice fly the following at-bat.
The Rays would tack on two runs two innings later, as Austin Meadows hit a home run off Josh Sborz to begin the inning. Pham doubled, and would come in to score on a sacrifice from Choi.
The chance to tie or even win the game was there for the Dodgers in the bottom half of the inning. Corey Seager and Will Smith both reached base with one out. After a lineout from Gavin Lux, Edwin Rios stepped up to the plate representing the final out. He singled in a run, cutting LA’s deficit to one. Russell Martin saw six pitches, but went down swinging to end the game.
In total, the Dodgers used nine pitchers. Casey Sadler was used as the opener, but threw only 2⁄3 of an inning before being relieved by Dylan Floro. Julio Urias threw a scoreless inning, recording all three of his outs via the strikeout. Tony Gonsolin tossed two innings, but allowed two runs including three walks. Dustin May threw two innings as well, striking out three and allowing zero runs.
For Jansen, who pitched the ninth, it was his eighth blown save of the season, a career-high for him.
On the hitting side of things, Cody Bellinger hit his 45th home run of the season, and Max Muncy recorded a two-RBI hit, only his second hit over his last eight games.
WP: Colin Poche (5-5) 1 IP,
LP: Josh Sborz (0-1) 2 IP, 2 ER
SV: Peter Fairbanks (2) 1 IP, 2 H
The Dodgers will have Thursday off, as they’ll welcome the Rockies into town starting on Friday with a three-game series.