By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
The Dodger bats had season high in runs and hits, racking up 15. They put together eight doubles, tying the most since relocating to Los Angeles. They also had a triple, a home run and three walks, going eight for 14 with runners in scoring position.
“It was a really good offensive night,” said Skipper Dave Roberts. “Just good to see guys breakout”
All this after being held to 5 hits the previous night against Bucs pitching.
The Dodgers 20-8 (at press time) opened the scoring quickly, striking twice in the first on doubles from Freddie Freeman, Trea Turner and Justin Turner.
Later they had two big innings, exploding for five runs in the third and four more in the seventh.
And they did it all without Chris Taylor, who was out with a left knee bone bruise he suffered Monday, and Will Smith, who missed his second straight game with right pectoral tightness but is expected to play Wednesday.
Justin Turner had the best — and most needed — night. After entering the game with a .168 batting average and team-worst .469 on-base-plus-slugging percentage, he went four for five with three doubles and four RBIs, all season
“I’ve been feeling better this whole road trip,” Turner said. “Taking better at-bats, seeing the ball better, hitting balls harder. It was good to get results tonight, but at the same time, happy with the process and hitting balls hard and swinging at good pitches.”
A smiling Edwin Ríos had three RBIs and homered for a second straight game, the highlight of a three-for-five night in his first start since April 27. Trea Turner and Gavin Lux each added two hits. Austin Barnes had a two-run double. Max Muncy had a triple.
Even the only player to go hitless, Mookie Betts, contributed on defense by throwing out a runner at home with a tremendous throw after catching a fly ball. The hitless night ended Betts 11 game hit streak.
Tony Gonsolin, pitched five scoreless innings.
“Up and down there’s people that feel like there’s a lot more in the tank and we take pride in that,” said Trea Turner, one of several Dodgers who came into the game scuffling at the plate. “The pitching has been really good and kind of carried us. But I think nights like tonight are going to happen a lot more often of nip it.”
Before heading to Pittsburg the Men in Blue swept the Cubs in the “Windy City”
After a Friday rainout L.A. won the first game of a Saturday double header 7-0 as Clayton Kershaw tossed seven scoreless innings scattering five hits, walking just one on just 81 pitches running his record to 4-0. Auston Barnes homered and had 3 RBI’s, while veteran Justin Turner knocked in a pair.
In the nightcap Mookie drove in five with a three-run double and his fifth homer of the season. Tyler Anderson (3-0) went five giving up five hits and striking out seven.
In the series finally Walker Buehler (4-1) made his 100th career start and went seven innings striking out five giving up just four hits in a 6-2 win.
“I think my goals are a little bit different, trying to go deeper in to games,”said Buehler.
At press time the Dodgers are one of three teams in MLB that have reached the 20-win mark.