Monday, March 27, 2023

Rios, Bates hit back-to-back HRs, Dodgers top d-backs 6-4

PHOENIX ( Associated Press) — Edwin Rios and Mookie Bates hit back-to-back homers in the second inning, Tree Turner added a single shot in the sixth and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4 on Friday night.

It was the second win of the series for the Dodgers, who hit a season-high 24 in a 14-1 victory on Thursday. The game was not one-sided, but Los Angeles was still in control most of the night.

Batting ninth in the stacked Dodgers lineup, Rios pulled a fastball over the right-field wall off Madison Bumgarner for a three-run homer and a 3-0 lead. It was his sixth homer this season.

Bates without a doubt followed on the left which made the advantage 4-0.

It was clear that Bumgarner (2-3) didn’t have his best stuff. The lefty struggled with command throughout the night – even throwing a pitch past Justin Turner – and conceded five runs in six innings.

The Dodgers have won 11 of 13 and lead the National League with a 31–14 record.

Los Angeles rookie Ryan Pepiot dropped a run in 4 1/3 innings in his third major league debut. The right-hander played four unscored innings before running into trouble in the fifth. The Diamondbacks loaded the base with a single out, but reliever Brusadar Greatroll (1-2) got out of the jam, allowing only one run to score on the sacrificial fly.

D-Back rallied close to Craig Kimbrel in ninth, but could not finish the job. Josh Rojas had an RBI double and Christian Walker knocked off another with a run-scoring groundout to pull it within 6-4, but Kimbrel mixed David Peralta on a game-ending groundout.

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Bates’ homer was his 13th this season and maintained a sensational vibe. He has safely hit 28 of 33 matches since April 19 and entered Friday’s batting. 341 with 27 RBI and 41 runs on the same stretch.

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Dodgers: Manager Dave Roberts was not in Saturday’s game. He returned to Southern California for his daughter’s graduation and is expected to return on Saturday. Bench coach Bob Geren managed the team on Friday. … RHP Phil Bickford was selected to Triple-A to make a place for Pepiot on the roster.

Diamondbacks: Called LHP Tyler Holton from Triple-A Reno and selected RHP Louis Friese for Triple-A. … Jawley McGee, the backup center for the NBA’s Phoenix Suns, practices batting in the outfield and shags the fly ball. He also threw the first pitch. McGee was promoting his sixth annual JugLife Foundation Water for Life charity softball game on June 22… Leadoff hitter Dalton Varshaw (pain in right shoulder) left the game in the fifth inning. He had suffered a shoulder injury from the pitch in the first innings.


Both the teams will face each other again on Saturday evening. D-back RHP Merrill Kelly (3-2, 3.49 ERA) will start. The Dodgers will face RHP Tony Gonsolin (4-0, 1.62).


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