Dodgers recover, beat Giants 9-6 on Betts’ 3-point HR in 8th

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mookie Betts broke an eighth-inning tie with a three-run homer and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the San Francisco Giants 9-6 on Thursday night after blowing a five-run lead in the seventh.

Back-to-back leaders NL West won their fifth in a row and their 12th in 13 tries, with the All-Star Game logos on the field nearly obliterated two nights after the Dodgers hosted the Midsummer Classic for the first time since 1980.

Betts also landed a spectacular dive off Joc Pederson’s understudy in the right-field corner for the final.

San Francisco tied on a grand slam from Darin Ruf in the seventh, then took a 6-5 lead in the eighth.

Trayce Thompson’s triple RBI against Dominic Leone (3-2) tied 6-all with two outs in the bottom half. Cody Bellinger drew a march from southpaw Jarlin Garcia to set up Betts, whose 406-foot shot landed in the left-field clubhouse, prompting a raucous reaction from what remained of the sold-out crowd of 53,165.

Evan Phillips (4-3) worked an inning for the win, and Craig Kimbrel had three outs for his 16th save.

The Giants tied at 5 with a five-run seventh when the Dodgers’ bullpen collapsed.

Phil Bickford gave up a solo home run to Evan Longoria. Facing a 2-2 count with two outs, Ruf threw a grand slam to left center Alex Vesia to even the score.

Phillips came in eighth and quickly walked Wilmer Flores before Pederson doubled deep on the left. After Longoria was knocked down, Luis González was intentionally stepped on to charge the bases. Phillips walked Thairo Estrada, forcing Flores for a 6-5 lead.

Austin Slater anchored in a fielder’s pick at third, and Max Muncy ejected Pederson to the plate for the second out. Pinch hitter Joey Bart retired to end the inning.

Freddie Freeman homered for his 115th NL-leading hit in the first.

Mitch White took a no-hitter offer in the sixth as the Dodgers cruised to a 5-0 lead.

White didn’t allow a base runner before two straight walks against Austin Wynns and LaMonte Wade Jr. in the third. The right-hander got his only strikeout in the fifth, when González went down swinging over the lead.

Caleb Ferguson followed with two strikeouts in 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

Giants starter Carlos Rodón allowed five runs and six hits in five innings. The southpaw struck out seven and walked two.


Giants: INF Tommy La Stella (COVID-19 IL) will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento on Friday. He is expected to get time at second base, designated hitter and third base. … LHP José Álvarez (left elbow) remains in San Francisco for rehab. … C Curt Casali (oblique strain) started punching to go with the run he’s already making. … RHP Mauricio Llovera (right flexor strain) was transferred to the 60-day IL. … RHP Zack Littell (left oblique strain) started a bullpen in Arizona. … SS Brandon Crawford (inflamed right knee) has started light baseball activity.

Dodgers: 3B Justin Turner left the game with abdominal tightness. … Manager Dave Roberts said he was “cautiously optimistic” that RHP Walker Buehler (right flexor tendon strain) would return in September. … RHP Dustin May (Tommy John surgery) will pitch three innings at Triple-A Oklahoma City. Roberts expects him back in mid-August. … LHP Andrew Heaney (left shoulder) will make his Arizona debut. … RHP Brusdar Graterol (right shoulder) is painless and should be back soon. … DE Chris Taylor (left foot) swings a bat and pitches, but isn’t able to run yet.


Bellinger’s father, Clay, a three-time World Series champion with the Yankees, handled early pitching duties while holding his 7-month-old granddaughter in his left arm. Clay bounced the pitch into the dirt but his son deftly handled it while Caiden looked puzzled.


Giants: RHP Logan Webb (9-3, 2.83 ERA) struck out five more innings than six against Milwaukee in his previous start before the All-Star break.

Dodgers: LHP Tyler Anderson (10-1, 2.96) makes his first start for the Dodgers against the rival Giants. He’s 1-3 with a 4.40 ERA in eight career starts against them.


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