Dodgers 10, D-backs 9: Lux’s dual dongs power Dodgers to victory in extras

With the dream of a The Invincibles season done and dusted with the series loss to the Rockies, the Dodgers came off an day off against the Diamondbacks in Arizona looking to avoid their first losing streak.

They managed to do that … eventually. It took 10 innings, but the Dodgers used big explosions in the 4th and 10th to take it home 10-9.

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Gavin Lux started his big day and the scoring in the 2nd, showing the explosive bat speed for a oppo homer and a 1-0 lead.

Walker Buehler retired the side in order in the first two innings but didn’t make it out of the 3rd. He allowed two homers, two singles, and one key error by Gavin Lux led to 32 pitches and five runs. Only two of the runs were earned, and he ended up going 2.2 innings and striking out two.

Victor Gonzalez entered with two down in the 3rd and got a strikeout to end the nightmare. He then got the 4th in order with another strikeout, continuing to impress in his debut season.

The Dodgers got one back in the 5th after an AJ Pollock single, Max Muncy walk, and Chris Taylor single made it 5-2.

After Dylan Floro got a scoreless 5th having only given up a hit, Adam Kolarek was the latest pen arm to have a blemish on his record. He allowed a walk and a single for a run in his inning to make it 6-2, also striking out a batter.

Lux got the run back in the 7th by singling up the middle with one out after walks from Cody Bellinger and Chris Taylor That cut the lead to 6-3 again and put the Dodgers in striking distance. Edwin Rios immediately followed with a double that one-hopped the wall in right to plate two more and all of a sudden it was just 6-5 for the D-backs.

Mookie Betts then followed by singling to tie the game at 6.

After Austin Barnes walked, Corey Seager then hit a ball hard, but it seemed like he was robbed of a hit but gave the Dodgers the lead. However, on review, it turned out Josh Rojas made an incredible play to keep the tie intact.

That could’ve turned the game, but Blake Treinen calmed entered in the 7th and retired the side on eight pitches. After the Dodgers loaded the bases in the 8th but got nothing, Treinen came back out to get one batter and did his job, clearing the way for Alex Wood to get his audition. It was a mixed bag as he hit a batter on the first pitch he threw and gave up a single, but also escaped trouble and got two outs to keep the score still tied. He continued on in the 9th, giving up a walk but getting two more outs before giving way to Kenley Jansen.

He didn’t have to end up actually getting a batter out as Tim Locastro stole second and advanced to third on Austin Barnes’ throwing error, but then tried to score on Cody Bellinger’s lazy throw back in and was out by a mile to send it into extras.

The Dodgers took full advantage of the miscue in the 10th. With Pollock on second to start, Cody Bellinger flied out to deep left to advance him to third. CT3 then chopped one right to Eduardo Escobar, who bobbled it and that allowed Pollock to slide in safely for a 7-6 lead. After Muncy walked, Lux hit his second dong of the day and blew the game open with the three-run shot for a 10-6 advantage.

Kenley then was asked to close things out in the 10th. Things went less than smoothly, as he gave up a two-run shot to Christian Walker and also a double and a single to score another. With the tying run on base, he did eventually get the third out to escape with a 10-9 victory.

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The Dodgers are now 31-12. The Padres won, so the NL West lead is still 4.5.

The two teams do it again tomorrow at the same time, 3:40 PM HST/6:40 PM PST/9:40 PM EST, with Clayton Kershaw facing Taylor Clarke.

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