Smith’s 3-point pinch RH in 9th Dodgers vs. Giants rally
LOS ANGELES – Even without three of their biggest sticks, Will Smith and the Los Angeles Dodgers found a way to rally for a big win over the San Francisco Giants.
Smith logged on for a three-run homerun late in the ninth inning as the Dodgers rallied on five runs to defeat the Giants 8-6 on Tuesday night in Game 2 of a pivotal series between rivals NL West .
“It was huge for us. It’s a huge series. We stuck with that and came back and found a way to win a game. It’s our biggest win of the year so far, ”said Chris Taylor, who hit two home runs while going 3 for 4 with three RBIs.
Los Angeles tied the set four-to-one and moved closer to a Giants game, despite the absence of Mookie Betts, Justin Turner and Max Muncy. Betts were out of the lineup for the third consecutive day due to a hip pointer, while Turner and Muncy ended up leaving the game after each being hit with a pitch.
“We’ve got a lot of depth and guys we can run there,” Smith said. “With the training and the right hitters, it keeps us in the game and we can come away with the win.”
Taylor and Matt Beaty shot goals from Tyler Rogers (1-1) before Smith led a 0-1 cursor into the left-center stands for the third home run and first shot of his career.
“I’m going to have a Bud Light and rinse this one off and be ready to come back to it tomorrow,” Rogers said after his fifth blown stoppage of the season.
In a seven-home game, Los Angeles trailed 6-1 in the fifth before coming back. Taylor – who enjoyed the third multihome game of his career – hit a solo shot against Alex Wood in the fifth and a two-point drive against John Brebbia in a three-point sixth.
Giants manager Gabe Kapler said he still has faith in Rogers.
“Everyone has a hiccup. So obviously it’s a disappointing loss, ”Kapler said. “I can’t wait to get him back out there so we can turn the page and put this one aside.”
Alex Dickerson and Mike Yastrzemski each hit a two-run homer for San Francisco. LaMonte Wade Jr. and Thairo Estrada added solo shots for the Giants, who lead the majors in home runs (142) and longball run percentage (52.9%).
Jimmie Sherfy (2-0) took the victory.
The Dodgers took a 1-0 Game 1 lead on an RBI single in the middle of Muncy with the infield drawn.
The Giants responded quickly in the second. After Wilmer Flores started the round with a brace on the center-field wall, Dickerson passed a change from Darien Núñez to the right-field seats for a 2-1 lead.
The other three San Francisco tours came from Josiah Gray, who was making his major league debut. Wade, the second hitter Gray faced, greeted him with a right-hand solo in the third inning on the eighth pitch of his big-league career.
Estrada – taking the place of injured All-Star shortstop Brandon Crawford – led the fifth goal with a homer in the middle of the first pitch. Yastrzemski then extended the Giants’ lead to 6-1 with a two-point drive to the right.
HOME RUNNING DERBY
According to Sportradar, this was the first time since 1958 in the Giants vs Dodgers rivalry that teams have combined to hit seven or more home runs in one game. It was only the eighth time in the series’ 2,527 regular-season games that this had happened.
Wood allowed three runs and six hits in five innings, and was a bit erratic with three batters, including Turner (left knee contusion) and Muncy (right shoulder contusion). Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has said Turner is set to miss Wednesday’s game.
Roberts decided to use Núñez as an opener before going to Gray. Núñez allowed two runs and two hits in two innings. Gray struck out seven at bat in four innings but was charged with four runs and four hits.
Dodgers right fielder Zach McKinstry nodded in the second period to deprive Donovan Solano of a hit.
Giants: 2B Tommy La Stella (left hamstring strain, right thumb) will resume a rehab mission at Triple-A Sacramento on Thursday. … RHP Aaron Sanchez (right bicep crunch) threw a paddock before the game.
Dodgers: Roberts said SS Corey Seager (broken left hand) was feeling great after taking batting practice on Monday, but an activation date is yet to be determined.
LHP Dodgers Julio Urías (12-3, 3.78 ERA), tied for first in the major leagues in wins, are 1-3 in 11 career starts against the Giants. San Francisco’s RHP Logan Webb (4-3, 3.54) is 3-0 in his last five starts.
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