LOS ANGELES – So much for Mookie Betts spending the night. The Los Angeles Dodgers needed their racket in the ninth inning and their star came off the bench.
Max Munsey’s singles win on the field and the Bates’ victory at home by two margins helped the Dodgers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 on Thursday for their 45th league win.
“I think that might be one of my first hits, so that part was great,” Bates said. “I was hoping I wouldn’t get hit, but you get to a point where the situation calls and you turn your mind and you’re ready to go.”
The Dodgers didn’t take the lead until Arizona player Zack Gallen left after eight rounds. He has achieved a career level rise of 13.
Gallen retired the first 11 players he encountered, writing off five in a row. Hit the side at eight. The right-handed man allowed one round and two strokes in the best eight innings of his career.
“He was just in complete control, and in control,” said Dodgers director Dave Roberts. “He’s fun to watch. I’m glad we didn’t see him again this year.”
Craig Kimbrill (6-6) took the win despite struggling again in ninth.
“The stuff is amazing for a little slip, fast ball speed,” Roberts said. “I just have to keep looking at this. We have to have the best players at the back end.”
Christian Walker blasted a 435-foot shot into the center-left wing – the 36th homeowner in the overall standings and sixth against the Dodgers this season – to take a 2-1 lead against Kimbriel.
Cody Bellinger doubled from the right court wall to lead from the bottom of the ninth against Reyes Moronta (1-1).
“He was 0-2 ahead of Bellinger and then ended up being 3-2 down the area, right in his honey hole,” said D quarterback coach Tori Lovolo. “We couldn’t make some pitches in a key position for Bellinger. It’s hard to get past that, especially the guys who came from behind him.”
After Tria Turner slipped to third, Sir Freddy Freeman was intentionally killed. Will Smith loaded the bases onto one piece of ground that Geraldo Perdomo prevented from getting onto the field.
“Billy did a great job when he was second ahead, and then we got a little bit of momentum,” Smith said.
Joe Manteble came up to face Muncie, whose slow shot into third which Bellinger scored in a 2-all tie.
Dodgers Champion Julio Urillas lost one game and three strokes in 5 1/3 innings. The left-handed hit five and walked one.
Gallen gave up a pair of doubles — a triple by Smith and a double RBI by Muncy — which allowed the Dodgers to tie it 1-all in fourth.
“He was making pitches, keeping us off-balance and holding us back a bit,” Smith said.
The linebacker D led 1–0 over the Stone Garrett Sacrifice fly in third. Sergio Alcantara singles out and was followed by Dalton Varshaw with grounding to a player selection. Second baseman Gavin Lux’s throw error allowed Alcantara to take third, and Farchaux moved up to second. After three players, Alcantara scored.
At nine, the Dodgers challenged Kimbrel hitting hitter Jake McCarthy with a lead shot. After a review, crew chief James Howe announced that the call was on hold.
McCarthy thought he stole second place to put the green light on the scoring center, but another replay review canceled the safe call. Then Walker came to the board and put linebacker D ahead on the field 2-2 from Kimbrel.
Dodgers: All-Star RHP Tony Gonsolin (crank) threw the bulls-hitters up and down using the whole pitch mix. “Things are looking good,” said Roberts. “My eyes were telling me it was a really good effort.” The winner of 16 games will throw another bob in two days. …RHP won’t throw Blake Treinen (shoulder) again until Saturday and see how he responds. “It’s frustrating,” said Roberts. … RHP Brusdar Graterol (elbow) from IL was activated. … LHP David Price (wrist) threw a simulated hits run.” It sounded good. Roberts said.
Turner went 0 for 4, including two hits, to snap up an 18-game hit streak.
Turner also had another streak ending. He’s made it to base safely in each of his last 47 games against linebackers D, the longest current streak of any active hitting against any team.
Diamondbacks: The start of Friday’s opener of a three-game series against San Francisco has not been announced.
The Dodgers: LHP Andrew Heaney (3-2, 2.66 ERA) starts against Albert Pujols and the Cardinals in the series opening Friday.
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