Dodgers use home runs to blast Phillies 9-4

first_imgUtley and Grandal led off the next two innings with their home runs while Seager saved his second until the eighth inning.Seager’s fourth multi-homer game gave him 21 home runs for the season, the most by a shortstop in the Los Angeles chapter of the Dodgers’ history.Grandal added a double later in the game and scored on Pederson’s second double of the game. Since June 30, Grandal leads the NL with 11 home runs and has batted .349 (30 for 86) with 20 RBIs in 27 games.That has helped fuel an offense that has scored 174 runs in its past 35 games — an average of 4.97 per game after averaging 4.14 through the first 77 games of the season. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Little of the credit for that goes to Kershaw’s rotation mates. The starting rotation has come tumbling down in the 35 games without its ace. with manager Dave Roberts and pitching coach Rick Honeycutt taping together the shards seemingly on a daily basis.Julio Urias actually gave them one of the better starts in the past 35 games, getting through five innings and claiming his second — and final — victory as a teenager. Urias will turn 20 on Friday.He gave up three runs in a third inning that included no hard-hit balls — but one double off the third-base bag by Eflin and a throwing error by Urias that led to two unearned runs.But the Dodgers’ offense has taken the lead during their mid-summer surge and did so again Monday.Ever so briefly a Dodger (he was acquired from the Padres as part of the Matt Kemp-Yasmani Grandal trade and then flipped to the Phillies as part of the trade for Jimmy Rollins), Eflin was roughed up for five runs in the first inning Monday, surrendering Seager’s first home run as well as an RBI single to Adrian Gonzalez and a two-run double to Joc Pederson.center_img LOS ANGELES >> The Dodgers’ summer continues along the same trajectory as Vin Diesel’s acting career — robust and successful beyond reason.The Dodgers battered rookie starter Zach Eflin for seven runs in the first three innings Monday night, getting two home runs from Corey Seager and one each from Yasmani Grandal and Chase Utley (in his first game against his longtime team) on the way to a 9-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies.The win was the Dodgers’ 22nd in 35 games since Clayton Kershaw’s last start and what should have been the point at which the Dodgers’ season turned south. Instead, they are on the verge of running down the San Francisco Giants and reclaiming a piece of the National League West lead.At 22-13 (a .629 winning percentage), the Dodgers and Washington Nationals have the best records in the NL since June 26. Only one team in the majors has been better — the Detroit Tigers have gone 23-12 in that time.last_img

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