Entering the seventh inning, the Dodgers had only two runs. They finished the game with 10, as two huge innings helped give them the 10-9 victory over the D-Backs.
The Dodgers began their rally in the seventh inning, scoring four runs to tie the game at six a piece. Cody Bellinger and Max Muncy both walked, putting two on for the rookie Gavin Lux. That’s a name we’ll get to a lot tonight.
Lux singled in Bellinger, bringing LA to within three runs. At the time, that wasn’t Lux’s biggest hit of the night. He hit his first home run of the season back in the second inning, an opposite field shot to put the Dodgers on the board.
Don’t worry, we’re still not finished with Lux just yet.
Edwin Rios followed Lux, just missing a game-tying three-run homer. Instead he had to settle for a two-run double, pulling the Dodgers to within one run. After an Austin Barnes walk, Mookie Betts tied things up with a single, evening the game at six. The Dodgers were ready to do more damage, but the always unlucky Corey Seager grounded into a crazy inning-ending double play.
The game would remain tied as both teams entered the 10th inning. After a flyout and an intentional walk, the Dodgers had runners on the corners with one out. Chris Taylor grounded to third, but an error from Eduardo Escobar brought in the run and kept the inning alive.
Remember earlier when I mentioned that we weren’t done with Lux yet? Yeah, he proceeded to do this. An absolute tank of a homer for his second of the day. The first multi-homer game of his career. He also finished with a career-high five RBI.
It’s easy to forget, but Walker Buehler actually started this game for the Dodgers. He cruised through the first two innings, but really struggled in the third before ultimately being removed before he could even finish the inning. He faced seven hitters in the inning and was taken out with two outs and having made 61 pitches.
For the game, Buehler allowed five runs (two earned) while striking out two.
We’re going to fast forward all the way to the bottom of the 10th, because things got really, really, really interesting. The Dodgers began the inning up 10-6, and all looked well. They looked like they were on the verge of beginning a new winning streak.
Arizona began the inning with an out, but a two-run homer from Christian Walker off of Kenley Jansen quickly cut the lead to only two. After another out, the D-Backs were down to their final out. They continued to rally. Escobar doubled, and David Peralta singled him in to make it a one-run game. After falling behind in the count 3-0 to Wyatt Mathisen, Jansen was on the verge of putting the tying run at second and the go-ahead run at first.
He threw three consecutive called strikes, striking out Mathisen to end the game, giving the Dodgers the victory.
Never a doubt, right?
WP: Kenley Jansen (3-0) 1 1⁄3 IP, 2 ER, 1 SO
LP: Yoan Lopez (0-1) 1 IP, 4 R
Home runs: Gavin Lux (2) Daulton Varsho (2) Kole Calhoun (9) Christian Walker (6)
The Dodgers will look to get the series win on Wednesday as Clayton Kershaw takes the mound. Kershaw looks to add to his Cy Young campaign, as he’s currently 5-1 with a 1.50 ERA on the season. First pitch is at 6:40 p.m. PT on SportsNet LA.