LOS ANGELES ( Associated Press) — For at least one game, the Los Angeles Dodgers are tied to a team that’s been one of the best in the National League over the past nine seasons.
This can happen until they are really at full force.
Freddie Freeman had three hits, a Tree Turner homeride and four Los Angeles pitchers limited Cleveland to two hits in Saturday’s 7-1 win over the Dodgers – a victory fueled by the postgame announcement that Mookie Bates was on the injured list.
Manager Dave Roberts revealed that Bates’ right rib was torn off Wednesday after a collision with Cody Bellinger. There is no timeline for the return of the 2018 AL MVP.
“It’s certainly a big blow to all of us, but at least knowing and having the information is a consolation,” Roberts said. “A week from now, we’ll know more. Hopefully we can get him back as soon as possible.”
Julio Urias (4-6) took six strong innings to secure his first win since May 20. The left-hander took a 0-3 lead with 3.09 ERA in his last four outings, allowed an unearned run on two hits with six strikeouts and two walks.
“I don’t think we’ve done a very good job of giving run support to Julio this year,” said catcher Austin Barnes. “I thought his fastball was good today. He did a good job moving his curveball around. He’s settling in well.”
It was a season short in the hit for Cleveland, missing AL RBI leader Jose Ramirez due to a right thumb trouble., The defeat broke the season’s best-of-five game winning streak.
“That guy pitched well. It was more of the same,” said Guardians manager Terry Francona.
While the Guardians had trouble generating the offense, all the Dodgers reached starter base, with five of their 11 hits going for additional bases.
After Austin Barnes’ sacrificial fly tied Cody Bellinger to 1 in the second, Turner held the Dodgers 3–1 when he made a short change from Cal Quantrill (4–4) left-center for his ninth. put in the seats. Season’s Homer.
Quantrill allowed the highest level of the season with five runs and 10 hits. The right-handed batsman scored four runs and issued a walk.
The Guardians took a 1–0 lead at first when Amade Rosario scored from second after a hard-hit grounder by Oscar Mercado went through the legs of second baseman Max Munci. Before Andres Jimenez put the runners on the corners to end the innings.
This would be the last time Cleveland threatened. The Guardians had only two baserunners in the remaining eight innings.
Ureas, David Price, Phil Bickford and Reyes Moronta retired their last 12 batsmen to move up to sixth after Rosario’s double. The solid pitching performance by the Dodgers was fitting as a statue of Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax was unveiled at Centerfield Plaza prior to the game.
Los Angeles added two runs in the third on an RBI double from Justin Turner and an RBI triple by Gavin Lux.
The Dodgers made it 6-1 in the sixth when Barnes scored Justin Turner on a base-loaded walk by Anthony Castro. He added a run in the seventh when Lux scored on an error thrown by a Cleveland reliever by Nick Sandlin.
The Dodgers have now gone five games and 12 2/3 innings without allowing the bullpen earned runs.
Rosario has a season-best 12-game hitting streak. He is batting .375 (24 off 64) this month with five doubles, one home run and six RBIs.
The Guardian: With Cleveland being off Monday, there is a possibility Ramirez could miss Sunday’s game as well.
Dodgers: Dustin May, who had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow last May, threw 40 pitches during a bullpen session. Roberts said the next step in May’s progress is for him to start facing hitters every five days and build up his stamina from there.
The Guardian: RHP Shane Bieber (3-3, 3.01 ERA), who grew up an hour from Dodger Stadium in Laguna Hills, California, is facing the Dodgers for the first time.
Dodgers: LHP Andrew Heaney (1-0, 0.00 ERA) will activate from the injured list before the game and make his first start after April 17. He has been missing for the last two months due to a left shoulder problem.
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