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Dodgers home runs back Julio Urías in latest win

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Mookie Betts, Chris Taylor, Gavin Lux all homer for LA

Arizona Diamondbacks v Los Angeles Dodgers Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

Julio Urías cruised into the seventh inning and was backed by home runs from Mookie Betts, Chris Taylor, and Gavin Lux giving the Dodgers a 9-1 triumph and a second win over the Diamondbacks in as many nights, making this series a bonafide hit.

For the Dodgers, anyway.

Low hit totals are the norm this season, with a MLB-wide .236 batting average that would be the lowest in history, even lower than the .237 average in 1968, famously known as The Year of the Pitcher.

But even in a low offensive environment, Dodgers pitchers are relatively thriving. Urías allowed only a run on three hits on Tuesday, and retired 13 straight before the last two of those hits chased him with two outs in the seventh inning.

It was the fourth start by Urías this season allowing no more than three hits while pitching at least five innings, and the 14th such start by a Dodgers pitcher in 2021. Only the Brewers have more, with 15 such starts.

Before the two harmless singles in the seventh — both were stranded by reliever Blake Treinen — it looked like Urías might match Walker Buehler, who gave up only one hit in his seven innings on Monday. It would have marked the first time the Dodgers got back-to-back starts of at least seven innings and no more than one hit allowed since Fred Frankhouse and Roy Henshaw turned the trick for Brooklyn against Cincinnati on August 27 and August 28, 1937.

But alas, they will have to instead settle for a dominant start from Urías, who struck out eight and walked none, and got a season-high 17 swinging strikes — nine on the slurve, eight on the fastball.

Notes

Tuesday particulars

Home runs: Mookie Betts (5), Chris Taylor (5), Gavin Lux (2)

WP — Julio Urías (6-1): 6⅔ IP, 3 hits, 1 run, 8 strikeouts

LP — Corbin Martin (0-1): 5 IP, 4 hits, 3 runs, 4 walks, 6 strikeouts

Up next

Clayton Kershaw starts on Wednesday for the Dodgers (7:10 p.m., SportsNet LA).