By Earl Heath
Contributing Sports Writer
The Dodgers rolled Washington for the second straight game coming away with a 9-4 win. Mookie Betts continued his hot streak going 3 for 4 blasting two homers giving him the National League lead with 12 (at press time).
Edwin Rios and Chris Taylor collected 2 hits apiece. Taylors included his fourth of the season a two-run shot off Josiah Gray (4-4).
The Men in Blue have won 9 of there last and are atop the NL West (29-13 at press time). Walker Buechler (6-1) got the win after going six innings with 3 strikeouts walked two.
The previous day Tyler Anderson got off to a super start on the mound pitching eight shutout innings, Trea Turner knocked three runs in his first game against his former team and the Dodgers routed the Nationals 10-1.
Anderson retired his first 16 batters before Cesar Hernandez’s one-out double in the sixth.
”He joked with me and said it seems like every time he pitches, I tell him we needed that outing,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. ”And we have needed it. He’s given us length and today it was just complete command of his arsenal.”
Turner, who played with Washington for seven seasons before his trade to Los Angeles July of 2021. He now has extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a two-run single in the sixth.
The speedster was a key figure on Washington’s 2019 championship team, and he and reliever Daniel Hudson – who got the last out of the World Series that year for the Nationals – were introduced to applause before the lineups were announced before the game
Once the game started it was Anderson (5-0) who drew the attention of everyone.
Anderson who signed a one-year deal in March needed just 50 pitches to breeze through five innings, and he got Maikel Franco to fly out to open the sixth before Hernandez spoiled his bid for perfection with a hit to left-center.
Anderson said he wasn’t thinking much about a perfect game yet.
”Not a lot,” he explained. ”That’s pretty early. If I was really concerned, I think you don’t throw a fastball 3-1 like that. In that situation, we have a big lead and my job is to go innings.”
Anderson allowed five hits, striking out eight while walking none.
The Dodgers staked Anderson to a two-run lead before he took the mound, and scored three more times against Joan Adon (1-8) during a two-out rally in the fourth. Chris Taylor tripled in a run and, after Gavin Lux walked. Mookie Betts’ hit a a two-run double and he finished the day going 2 for 3 scoring 2 and knocking in two.