Mookie Betts hit a go-ahead house run within the seventh inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 5-3 Tuesday evening at Dodger Stadium earlier than the most important crowd to attend knowledgeable sports activities league recreation in the US for the reason that begin of the coronavirus pandemic.
Betts led off the seventh by driving an 0-2 changeup from Ranger Suárez (2-1) over the left-center wall to offer Los Angeles a 4-3 lead. Betts, who had three hits, additionally supplied an insurance coverage run with an RBI single within the eighth.
The Phillies have misplaced two straight and in addition noticed slugger Bryce Harper go away the sport with decrease again stiffness after he took a clumsy swing within the fourth.
The Dodgers acquired Betts from the Purple Sox in February 2020, so this was the primary time he acquired to play in entrance of an enormous crowd at Chavez Ravine.
The sport was performed earlier than a sellout throng of 52,078 after California lifted many COVID-19 security measures in a single day, together with permitting stadiums to go to full capability.
Joe Kelly (2-0), the third of 5 Dodgers pitchers, labored a scoreless seventh to get the win and Blake Treinen pitched the ninth for his third save.
The Dodgers acquired on the board within the first when Gavin Lux acquired aboard with a one-out single, superior to 3rd on Justin Turner’s single and scored on Will Smith’s grounder.
Philadelphia shortly evened it within the second when Andrew McCutchen drove Julio Urías’ fastball into the seats in left-center.
The Dodgers took a 3-1 lead within the fourth on RBI doubles by Zach McKinstry and Urías. The Dodgers lead the NL in RBIs by their pitchers with 15, together with eight by Urías in his final 5 begins.
Philadelphia evened it within the fifth by benefiting from a pair of Dodgers errors. After Alec Brohm led off with a single, Luke Williams reached first on a throwing error by second baseman Chris Taylor. After pitcher Zach Eflin’s sacrifice bunt moved the runners to second and third, Odúbel Herrera’s base hit drove in Brohm. Williams scored to tie it at 3 when left fielder Matt Beaty misplayed the ball.
Urías was attempting to change into the primary 10-game winner within the majors however was affected by unhealthy fielding. The left-hander allowed six hits and three runs (two earned) in 5 2/3 innings with 5 strikeouts and two walks. It was solely the third no-decision for Urías in 15 begins.
Eflin didn’t make it to the sixth inning for less than the second time in 13 begins. He went 5, permitting three runs and 7 hits with two strikeouts.
Phillies: SS Didi Gregorius’ rehab stint at Triple-A Lehigh Valley is on pause after it was decided he has pseudogout in his proper elbow. Common supervisor Sam Fuld mentioned on the Phillies Radio Community pregame present that the staff is hopeful Gregorius can resume enjoying earlier than the tip of the week.
Dodgers: 1B Yoshi Tsutsugo (calf) has reported to Triple-A Oklahoma Metropolis, however supervisor Dave Roberts mentioned Tsutsugo has not performed but as a result of his baggage hasn’t arrived.
The Dodgers conclude a six-game homestand with LHP Clayton Kershaw (8-5, 3.39 ERA) taking the hill. The Phillies are the one NL staff that has a successful document towards Kershaw at 5-4. Philadelphia RHP Zack Wheeler (4-3, 2.29) is ninth within the NL in ERA however is 0-1 in his final three begins.