An eight run inning from the Dodgers was all the offense they needed, as they defeated the Braves, 9-5.
After scoring 11 runs in an inning in their last game, the Dodgers only scored eight runs in an inning tonight. Instead of the first inning, LA waited until the fifth to deliver the death blow. Although the offense was scoring repeatedly, the way they scored the eight was completely different than Wednesday.
The Dodgers scored eight runs while recording only three hits in the inning. In the other eight innings on the night, the offense recorded only one hit.
Chris Taylor walked and Gavin Lux doubled for LA’s first hit of the night. AJ Pollock then grounded to third, but Taylor used his speed to beat the throw home, tying the game at one a piece. Julio Urias then stepped to the plate. With runners on the corners, he was attempting to drop a bunt. After falling behind in the count 0-2, he placed a perfect bunt down that scored Lux from third to give LA the 2-1 lead.
Mookie Betts flew out and there were two outs. Albert Pujols walked, loading the bases for Justin Turner. He walked, bringing in the third run for the Dodgers. Cody Bellinger then walked, making it a 4-1 game. Will Smith followed with a single, bringing in another run. Taylor was back at the plate again after kicking off the rally with a walk. He scorched a double down the left field line, clearing the bases and making it an 8-1 game.
Urias made the start for LA, and was much better than his last start. Against San Francisco last weekend, the lefty had arguably the worst start of his big-league career. He went five innings, allowing only one run which came courtesy of a Freddie Freeman home run. Aside from that homer, Urias allowed four hits and struck out five.
The Braves chipped away in the eighth inning, as they scored four runs to make it a three-run game. Betts was able to provide a much-needed insurance run in the ninth. After he doubled to lead off the inning, two wild pitched allowed him to come in and score the ninth run of the game.
Kenley Jansen took the ball in the ninth. Things got a little interesting as he walked two hitters, but he managed to shut the door down and secure the Dodgers victory.
WP: Julio Urias (8-2) 5 IP, 1 ER, 5 SO
LP: Ian Anderson (4-3) 4 1⁄3 IP, 4 ER, 6 SO