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Dodgers offense explodes for nine runs in seventh inning

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LA has now won seven consecutive games

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers at Washington Nationals Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Dodgers saved their offense for the seventh inning, as a nine-run inning helped them pick up the 10-5 victory over the Nationals. It’s LA’s seventh consecutive victory.

Through six innings, the Dodgers had no answer against Max Scherzer. They had a few hits against him and their lone run came off the bat of a Justin Turner home run. Luckily for LA, Scherzer was pulled after six innings, opening the door to the Nationals bullpen.

Well, advantage Dodgers.

Chris Taylor led off the inning with a double. AJ Pollock advanced him over to third with a flyout, bringing up pinch-hitter Albert Pujols. On the eighth pitch of the at bat, Pujols beat out an infield single. Yes, you read that right. Taylor scored, and the Dodgers trailed by only one run.

Austin Barnes was hit by a pitch and Zach McKinstry walked, loading the bases for Mookie Betts. After working a 2-0 count, Betts singled to left field, bringing in two runs to give the Dodgers the lead. Max Muncy proceeded to counter with a two-run single of his own, giving LA the 6-3 lead just like that.

Taylor followed a few batters later and wanted to get in on the action, so he then proceeded to have a two-run single, making it 8-3 Dodgers. Unfortunately, Pollock stepped up to the plate with only one runner on, unable to follow with the two-run singles. So, he decided to hit a two-run home run instead. His homer gave the Dodgers nine runs in the inning and a 10-3 lead.

Flipping things over, it was a very encouraging outing from Julio Urias. He gave LA six solid innings. Urias allowed three runs to score, but only one of them was earned. In the second inning, an error from Turner at third base brought in two runs. Then a sacrifice fly brought in the third run.

After a career-high 12 strikeouts in his last start, Urias had only three on the night. Ironically, the first two outs he recorded for the game were strikeouts. He didn’t have swing and miss stuff, be after the second inning he was in total cruise control, which is more than okay for the Dodgers.

Brusdar Graterol finished the game for LA and tossed 1 23 innings. It was his first game with the club since April 26. He missed time with injury and then has spent time in Oklahoma City. Definitely an encouraging sign seeing Graterol pitch well after he’s struggled in 2021 so far.

Friday particulars

WP: Julio Urias (10-3) 6 IP, 1 ER, 3 SO

LP: Sam Clay (0-1) 13 IP, 3 ER

HR: Justin Turner (13) AJ Pollock (8)

Box score

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The Dodgers will send Clayton Kershaw to the mound on Saturday afternoon as LA will go for their eighth consecutive win.