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Dodgers’ four-homer innings kicks off epic rally against Padres

30 September (WNN) — The Los Angeles Dodgers went down by three runs late in their game against rival San Diego Padres, but the Dodgers flared up with a four-homer eighth inning for an epic comeback victory at Stadium.

Max Munsey, AJ Pollock, Cody Bellinger and Corey Seeger powered the Dodgers to an 11-9 win in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

“It felt amazing. I’d be lying if I said it didn’t happen,” Bellinger told reporters. “That was the craziest innings. Probably the craziest innings I’ve ever been a part of.”

Pollock homed twice for the Dodgers. Star outfielder Mookie Bates also took home. Dodgers pitcher Max Scherzer allowed 11 hits and six runs in 5 1/3 innings, but was not on record for the decision.

“He didn’t have good command,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of Scherzer. “It’s part of the game. He picked us up several times and we picked him up.”

“He was one of the happiest people to ever win a ballgame.”

The Dodgers trailed 9-5 when Bates hit his 22nd homer of the season to cut the deficit. The single Homer traveled an estimated 427 feet of left field.

Dodgers pitcher David Price entered relief and retired the Padres at the top of the eighth. Munsi led till the end of the innings.

Padres relief pitcher Emilio Pagan missed the strike zone on his first two pitches to Dodgers first baseman.

Munsi fouled Pagan’s third and fourth pitches. He sent his fifth offer over the right center field fence for a 406-foot singles homer. Pollock followed the right hand of a 2-2 Pagan fastball with a 379-foot single shot.

Pagan forced third baseman Chris Taylor to fly into the next bat. Bellinger stepped into the box as the fourth batsman of the half-inning.

The Dodgers outfielder took a swing and missed a Pagan cutter to start the exchange. He sent Pagan’s 0-1 pitch into right field for a 372-foot homer, tying the score at 9-9.

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The Dodgers doubled hitter Justin Turner from the left in the next at-bat. Padres relief pitcher Nabil Crismat forced Bates to fly into left field, bringing Seeger to the plate with two outs.

Crimsat forced Seeger into a swinging strike with a change on his first pitch. He missed the strike zone with his next three pitches.

Seeger crushed his 3-1 offer, in right field for another change, a 384-foot, two-run homer. According to Statcast, the game-winning jolt hit Seeger’s bat at 109 mph and was off the field in 3.8 seconds.

Seeger’s homer was the second hardest hit of the game, trailing the 111-mph single by Dodgers second baseman Tree Turner.

Dodgers close Kenny Jensen hit Fernando Tatis Jr., Trent Grisham and Jake Marisnick in order to end the game in the top of ninth and earn his 37th save of 2021.

Caesar made 3 for 5 with three RBIs and scored two runs. Pollock made 2 for 4 with three RBIs and scored two runs. Munsi made 2 for 4 with two RBIs, scored two runs and a walk.

Catcher Victor Caratini took 3 for 4 for the Padres. Padres third baseman Manny Machado scored 2 for 4 with a home run, two RBIs, two runs and a walk. First baseman Eric Hosmer and second baseman Adam Frazier also collected two hits each in the defeat.

Padres starter Ryan Weathers conceded five hits and five runs in three innings.

The Dodgers host the Padres at Dodger Stadium on Thursday night at 10:10 p.m. EDT. The Padres (78-80) missed the playoffs.

The Dodgers (102–56) secured at least a wild card berth, but could still overtake the San Francisco Giants (104–54) to win the National League West.

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